Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster will begin on January 28, 2017. Roosters are the tenth sign in the zodiac and people born in a rooster year are seen as confident, honest and hardworking. They also enjoy being around people but may be seen as attention seekers.

At 10Eighty we love a celebration and apart from the great food Chinese New Year is a good opportunity to reboot those difficult New Year resolutions.

January is a bad time to try to make or break habits, the weather is so bad it never gets properly light on some days, and it seems like long time to the first Bank Holiday of the year, which makes keeping resolutions is heavy going. The writer broke a resolution before getting out of bed on 1st January one year.

If you are having trouble with your resolutions then you are not alone. Surveys reveal that 32% of respondents say that their resolutions are usually broken by the end of January, while only 10% said they never break one.

Chinese New Year 2017 Failure is allowed

If you failed with a resolution, just start over. Failure is not fatal, try again, giving up is the only real failure.

People assume that willpower is something you either have or lack, but psychological research suggests that willpower is more complex and can be trained. “Just like a muscle, the amount of willpower you have at any given time rises and falls, and if you exercise it, it gets stronger,” says Roy Baumeister at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Start over with the Chinese New Year. Get a traditional calendar, pin it where you can see it and at the end of each day mark a big black cross over the day if you kept your resolution. After a few days you’ll have a row of crosses and won’t want to spoil the pattern, after a month, give yourself a gold star. After three months of rows of crosses give yourself a reward, just make sure it isn’t one that sabotages your resolution!

Instead of making unrealistic promises to yourself try a new tack. Ask yourself, “What needs to happen this year for this year to be the absolute best year yet?” Focus on growth and think about what’s important to you and how to make this year better than the last.

Remove temptation

Our colleague Liz gave up chocolate for Lent a few years ago. When found eating chocolate she simply explained that she meant she had ‘given up buying chocolate’ but gift chocolate was deemed to be acceptable. That’s the right attitude, make sure your resolutions are realistic and achievable.

Spring is in the air so take another run at those resolutions aim for self-improvement but don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t dissolve into negativity when things don’t go to plan, just start over. If you want to give up smoking, or practice the guitar each weekday, it doesn’t really matter what date you start or when you achieve it; take it a day at a time, step by step until you get what you want.

We’ve been considering perfectionism and procrastination recently. You won’t achieve perfection but don’t put off trying again. Stop worrying, stop waiting, and stop doubting. You can do it.

Gong Hey Fat Choy, buy in some Chinese beer, cook a stir fry and share some fortune cookies around, there’s a whole near year ahead.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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