That's right - yesterday I was a snarky HR pro with a blog. Today, I'm Tony Robbins telling you that you can be anything you want to be. Of course, I believe that, but it's hard for me to say it without the vision of Tony in a 22nd Century headset, pumping up a crowd of commercial real estate pros as the keynote at some forgettable convention in Reno.
Still, 2009 is almost here, and like everyone else, I'm making the list of things I'd like to do better in 2009. Among my resolutions in my professional and personal life for 2009:
#5 - Have more patience with my kids, and with the folks in my life who have little things about them that drive me crazy. After all, they're likely asking for patience about me...
#4 - Get 40+ hours of family video edited and viewable online/on demand. Wish me luck on that one.
#3 - Do something digital to generate a higher end community in the HR world, specific to true HR practitioners. SHRM's not going to do it, so why not me?
#2 - Get my LinkedIn game on in a much bigger way.
And the simplest, yet most important resolution comes in first:
#1 - Show up every day, kick *** and take names.
Before you label me as a jock, frat boy or redneck, let me explain #1. Most of the moderate success I've experienced in my life has come from me being willing to outwork others. I always knew that, but the fact that grinding it out is responsible for most of my success has been crystallized by reading Geoff Colvin's "Talent is Overrated", which I hope to review in a multi-post series either here or at Fistful of Talent in January.
Colvin's big idea? That the path to greatness (or at least success) is formed by the concept of deliberate practice. Find out more about deliberate practice here. Reading the book has convinced me more than ever that you and I can work our way to our goals, IF we work/practice smart, make good choices about what to pursue with our time, and most importantly - show up to work on it every day.
So, I'll be grinding it out every day in 2009, including practicing the craft featured here. The goals/resolutions? They'll take care of themselves if I take care of #1.
How about you? I don't even need the DVD set from Tony to know what to do come Monday, January 5th.