Facing the New Year With Courage & Resolve


“…history has shown us that courage can be contagious…”
~ Michelle Obama

 "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he
who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
 ~ Nelson Mandela

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness,
heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of."
~ Bethany Hamilton

 "Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion..." ~  Elizabeth I

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
 it is the courage to continue that counts."
~ Winston Churchill

One of the exciting things about each New Year is that we feel that we have a new opportunity to wipe last year's slate clean and begin anew. We have another opportunity to accomplish those goals that have thus far eluded us and to right any wrongs of yesteryear. Those feelings are the driving force behind the tradition of making New Year's resolutions. However, research shows that fewer than 10% of those who make such resolutions actually follow through on them. For those of us who want to see change and progress in our lives, let's make 2017 the year we change those stats.

Here Comes The New Year – Are You Ready?


Let our New Year's resolution be this:
we will be there for one another
as fellow members of humanity,
in the finest sense of the word.
~ Goran Persson


With the beginning of each New Year, many if not most of us start ticking off those areas that we wish to improve in the coming year, sitting down to compose the time-honored -- or infamous, depending on how you look at it -- New Year's Resolutions.


Renew, Regroup, Reinvent


 “I was never surprised that they did not have a phoenix on display. There is only one phoenix at a time, of course, and while the Natural History Museum was filled with dead things, the phoenix is always alive.” ~ Neil Gaiman, Unnatural Creatures

“Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Just as the Phoenix of ancient mythology could be reborn, we humans love to reinvent ourselves -- in effect start over with a revised persona and fresh outlook -- whether rarely, occasionally or perpetually. Reinvention can either be desired or prompted because we are dissatisfied, bored or deeply concerned with a particular situation or our status in general.

Job Search Series – Think Positive! Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks

 The optimist declares, "The glass is half full."
The pessimist despairs, “The glass is half empty."
While they argue, the opportunist takes the glass, says,
“Cheers,” and drinks it.

The New Year is a time when we are standing on the high ground looking down at the sweeping landscape of the year ahead and believing that there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. Former NFL quarterback-turned-ESPN football analyst and businessman Ron Jaworski said, “Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass."

Job Search Series – New Year’s Resolutions


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
-Oprah Winfrey

As we ring in 2014 later this evening, let’s celebrate the fact that with the New Year dawning we'll have another opportunity “to get it right,” as Oprah says. 

Everyone has his or her personal New Year’s Resolutions, but in addition to those time-honored pledges, students, new grads and young professionals have specific goals to accomplish. So, here are seven winning resolutions to help you hone such critical leadership skills as social and business etiquette, emotional intelligence and personal branding:  

A New Year – A New Start – Dining Etiquette Series

New Year’s Resolution: Perfect Your Dining Etiquette

To start out the New Year, in a series of posts I’ll be addressing a subject that is essential to the success of every professional – dining etiquette.  In fact, this is such an important topic and of great interest to students and young professionals that in 2013 I will be concentrating on this topic, as well as networking techniques, in my PROWESS Workshops