While New Year resolutions are driven by positive qualities of hope and optimism, they can also be related to a belief that the year brings a “fresh slate” to reinvent yourself. Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions…? So we like to use the term Re-invention instead. The terms mean to invent again or anew, vs resolving on a course of action.
So beside the popular re-inventions like losing weight or saving more money, we think January is a good time to re-invent your professional image and manners.
Intention is a good word too… Dr. Wayne Dyer’s bestselling books, describe intention as a key ingredient in making any change possible and positive.
So Mother, May I suggests reinventing your Professionality through earnest intention. Understanding that the result here will positively impact your professional and personal lives in 2016!
Some studies say 13 days some say 21, and studies have suggested up to 60 days depending on the change to be made. The time varies based on the person and the need to succeed. So we suggest mapping, physically mapping, out you professional improvements and prioritize, tackling the low hanging fruit first. Prioritizing is the first step to help jump start this Re-invention process.
The other things to keep in mind would be the following:
- Keep it simple
- Make it tangible
- Keep believing you can do it!
- Communicate your intentions/goals to some like a trusted friend or mentor. If you physically say it out loud, you become subconsciously accountable
- Then practice, practice ,practice
What are the most important professional habits you can reinvent to get the best results at work?
We narrowed the list into some broad attributes that resonate in almost all professions. First on our habit trail would be:
- Timeliness –Being on time is a critical component to your professional success. This goes not only for showing up to meetings and appointments but also in the timeliness of projects and responsibilities. Tardiness “costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion each year in lost productivity. The effect on the bottom line of the average business is significant
- Preparedness –Being late exhibits that you’re not prepared and again will give off an air to others that their time doesn’t matter. Unacceptable and very fixable!
- Give a realistic time frame for completing all the tasks on your list. If they involve collaboration, make sure you place and communicate deadlines and allow for a little more time.
- Always have paper and a pen on-hand. Do not show up empty handed to a meeting. We suggest to have a small notepad and pen at the ready. This gives off the impression that you are ready for the task at hand.
- As for being prepared for a networking function or last minute meetings/event, use search engines like Google or Bing, to have at least a few factoids in your mental pocket to communicate at the appropriate moment.
- Active Listening – We always say that you have 2 ears and one mouth and you should try to use them in that ratio. Listening with authentic intent creates a more productive exchange of information, and offers the speaker or your boss the impression that you, the listener, are more trustworthy and competent.
- Reinvent your “digital” impression – Be an active and diligent participant in managing it! You control your destiny as it relates to your social media impression. Review all platforms on a bi-weekly basis and untag pictures and block or unfriend people who are posting inappropriate things. Most HR executives will check your social media before hiring a candidate…70% of candidates never even get to the interview phase based on what is found on social media.
You can end the year by making the right impression with people you count on…
Please let us know your New Year’s RE-inventions and let us know the difference it is making for you at work.
Happy New Year!
Lisa and Demetria
Co-founders- Mother, May I