New Year resolutions rarely last beyond the first week. They are most likely to have been about health, body image, exercise or diet.
However, a health check on the mind and spirit may be more rewarding. Resolutions made for the mind may have a knock on effect on the body and renewing energy. Communication is the new word for now.
You may wish to do an audit of friends and family and see who you’ve neglected over the past year. There may be friends you’ve not appreciated. There may be contacts who might just have the answer to a problem you didn’t know you had, whether it be professional or personal. This could be a good time to get in touch.
Here are three powerful techniques you can use as an audit of the past year, but also give some signposts and signals for the year to come.
The most memorable event
Here at CityEye out of all the wonderful, amazing women who have inspired us, probably the most memorable and viewed article for the past year was the LSE lecture by Julia Gillard (the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and first female to hold that title). In her lecture she reflects on leadership and she highlights the support of her family and the importance of education, showing a link between the two.
In building a country’s success and GDP, people forget that education is one of the most important investments. Last year David Cameron stated, “Any country which neglects over half of its population, is likely to be in decline.”
The most surprising
Generally speaking, inspiring women from working class backgrounds, who’ve risen to great heights, have shown not just generosity to the generations to come but also see it as a moral duty to pass it forward. WeAreTheCity’s Vanessa Vallely shows it’s not about the fight in the boardroom to see who has most ‘machismo’, but encouraging and training the rising stars of the future.
The most learning
It’s not a surprise that it is education is the most important factor. Malala Yousafzai and Michele Obama, the Global Education Partnership believe that to educate a girl or a woman will educate a village.
You can apply these three techniques professionally to any scenario. But I’m going to suggest that first you look at your circle of supporters. Even when the family is not supportive and rejects you in its jealously, that too can be a driving and motivating factor, in opposition. Friends are the family you choose. We will talk of the importance of supporters, family and friends in articles to come.
Go Girl. Girls can do. This could be the decade of female achievement!