There it was, slowly rolling down the lane as it knocks down a few pins and rolls off the lane deck into the pit… and the sound of a sweet lady’s voice shouting “ball on lane 6”. It was Mabel, one of our senior league bowlers! She doesn’t throw the ball hard enough to reset the lane for her next throw so as she’s walking back from her throw, she automatically goes to hit the reset button. Only this time, the reset button is not working which means I need to run to the back of the lane to flip “the clutch” which allows the lane to reset every time Mabel is up to bowl. Oh, what great memories these were from my teenage years working at my parents bowling center.
We all need to reset from time to time in our career, and the new year is always a great time to hit the reset. You see, hitting the reset button in bowling gives you a new set of pins, a new frame to try for that perfect strike! When we hit the reset button in our career, it also gives us a fresh new start and perspective to realign with both our business and life goals.
So, what are some things we can do to reset? For me, it’s taking time off work during the holidays to reflect, purge, organize, plan, and think about the new year. Resetting for the new year means to plug in and power up. Some of the things that have helped me reset for the new year include…
- Reviewing my calendar scheduling events for new year,
- Cleaning/organizing my office,
- Reviewing my business plan,
- Cleaning my car,
- Purging my email,
- Catching up on blogs/podcast and reading books,
- Spending time to just “think” about ways to get better,
These are just a few of the things we can do to reset for the new year as well as for a new month and week too. When we hit reset, we feel more organized, confident, and out in front. We also create space in our minds and on our calendars to be able to do something bigger without feeling overwhelmed.
One of the things I like to reset each year is my theme for the year. Last year it was “Create”. It helped me stay focused on creating content for social media, as well as creating a new journal called “Milemarkers” to use for capturing highlights each day. I have recently seen many of the people in my network post their new year words for the new year such as intentional, clarity, authentic, etc… I enjoy seeing these posts because it inspires me during my planning. This year my theme is to “LEVEL UP”. I’ve invested a lot of time into my relocation career, writing books, blogs, and speaking. It’s what I enjoy doing… Now I want to get better. I want to “Level Up” on my craft to be a better speaker, writer, and resource for anyone in my network. I also want to “level up” as a volunteer leader for Texas SHRM, and other organizations I get to serve this year.
When I level up each day, I want to show up using these words:
Energy | Joy | Clarity | Presence | Grow | Connect | Move | Serve.
These words help me stay in alignment with “WHO” I want to be in my career from a corporate relocation specialist to serving as a volunteer leader.
So, who do you ant to be? Have you hit the reset button lately? If so, what are you planning to accomplish in the new year. Do you have a word or a theme? Share below… I would enjoy hearing from you.
Quote of the week: “There are 86,400 seconds in the day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” Jim Valvano
Call to Action: Take time this week to reset. What is something you would like to achieve in the new year? Take a certification, expand your network, volunteer… Hit the reset button and let me know how I can help you make it happen in the new year.
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Reset the new year” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my 5-year Leadership Journal “Milemarkers” available on amazon.