Goals & Planning

Ditch the New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to January, the stern sister to December.  While December is about gift giving and celebration, January arrives like the dreaded morning after bearing with it bill payments, back-to-work anxiety and of course the latest batch of New Years resolutions.  I will lose weight, quit smoking, save money, go to the gym, meet my billable hours target.  Can there be any grimmer start to the New Year?

I’m a professional business coach, goals and resolutions are the heart of my business, so trust me when I tell you, this year ditch the resolutions and abandon the guilt.  Life’s too short!  Replace all the gloom and puritanical posturing with some first class day dreaming.  You know the kind you did when you were a kid.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  There’s always something new to learn, or see, or do.  What to you want to get out of 2008?  When you are raising your glass to bring in the New Year on December 31, 2008 what do you want to look back on?

Compelling and inspiring goals are the key ingredients of a fulfilling and successful professional life.  They give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning.  They encourage your creativity.  They get you thinking, and planning, and moving forward.  They provide the challenge and the meaning that is so easy to lose when things get busy at work.

For my own guide to goal setting follow this link to the full article posted on the Canadian Legal Research site Slaw.ca.

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at allison@shiftworks.ca or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.