The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reset your outlook and make positive changes toward a more balanced, healthy, and impactful lifestyle. No matter your industry, passion, or personal goals, small adjustments can create more meaning in your daily life and help you make a difference in your local and global community.
There is an emerging philosophy that ‘personal life’ and ‘work’ should not be separate or distinct. People are no longer subscribing to notions of a strictly divided work and personal life. An integrated and more flexible lifestyle, where you don't have to leave facets of yourself in any one place, is becoming standard. Instead of filtering yourself, find ways to bring a more holistic perspective and approach to your work and life so that you can do what you love and love what you do. The more engaged you are, the bigger your impact - for your year and your career.
Here are three simple techniques you can use in your personal and professional life to make a difference and create positive change all year long:
Pinpoint what gets you excited - and dedicate time to cultivating it.
If something gets you excited, it can unlock new levels of passion and motivation that you never knew were possible. Take time to reflect on those joys and try reframing your goals and contributions around your passions. It may not seem obvious how your love for live music or cooking will make a positive impact but, with some creative thinking and focus on underlying themes, you could uncover a new path or discover a new method to inject your work with some fun. Maybe a team PechaKucha presentation challenge can recreate the thrill of a live performance or your approach to inventing recipes can be used in your daily workflow. Get inventive and find ways to connect your work and your pleasure.
Be a more conscious consumer.
“Don’t let better be the enemy of good,” said Voltaire. We're letting this guide our efforts toward sustainability. The goal of perfection shouldn’t stand in your way to more conscientious spending habits. Make small changes by deciding to shop local, vowing to keep your reusable shopping bag handy, or encouraging your organization to switch to reusable or recyclable supplies. Recycled options, Keep Cups, socially-motivated service providers, and local vendors can help you make a positive difference and feel good about your purchases, whether they are for a client or a friend. Our team works with Good Foot for local deliveries and will be focussed on reducing food waste this year.
Activate - or be active in - community.
Whether it’s rallying together for positive change, learning something new, or just getting social, convening a group is a great way to make a difference at the local level. Encourage new ideas, access new understanding, and deepen the connections within your neighbourhood, company, or social group. No matter the cause or reason, when people come together, great things happen. Chances are, if you are excited about an idea, other people will be too! If you can’t commit to organizing something, commit to attending and sharing. The more people meet, understand, and connect, the smaller and more empathetic the world becomes.
How are you resolving to make an impact this year?
We'd love to hear about your mission and the methodologies, frameworks, or technologies that you’ll use to achieve your goals!