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Every year, the hope of a better life in the days to come spurs a majority of people to make New Year's resolutions. However, these New Year’s resolutions often end up being short-lived, making them inefficient ways of creating a lasting change in the long term for many people. Nevertheless, the aspiration to be better and create a better life is one that should not be discounted. The belief that we can be better is what drives most forms of innovation and discovery about the world and ourselves as people. As we start afresh in 2022, it is a time to make resolutions that stick, and to aspire to do better.
Most New Year’s resolutions place emphasis on "actions", like exercise, diet, or any other such physical aspect that requires consistent action to get right. However, creating a habit of better thoughts is equally important, especially in times such as these. How we view our goals, aspirations, and the world in general, is an early indicator of our chances of success.
As per a research paper published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 46% of individuals who made New Year's goals were able to achieve their goals. The study also accounted for people who did not make any resolutions, of which only 4% were able to make positive changes and achieve their goals. The question then lies not in whether or not we should make resolutions, but in how we can improve them to be effective and achievable!
As the global community has seen, the last 2 years have shown the need and importance of organizational health. If leaders have learned one thing, it is that the resilience and efficiency of an organization are only as strong as the health, well-being and resilience of its team members. The pandemic has driven a mindset shift, showing us all the deeply intertwined connections between individual and organizational health and well-being.
Business leaders today are eager to create a better mindset when it comes to their leadership style. In the current landscape, creating a clutter-free lens for looking at and planning around employee health addresses two critical challenges:
As we turn the page on 2021 and move forward in 2022, focusing on individual and organizational health goals in tandem will help create a well-rounded workplace. Here are some resolutions that are effective on the individual and company levels.
Psychological well-being goals - Psychological well-being includes the ability to express one's feelings authentically, develop healthy mechanisms to help cope with stress and to live life in an emotionally balanced way. Some ways to practise psychological and emotional well-being are:
Physical well-being goals - Just like the mind reacts well to positive thoughts, nutrient-rich foods give our bodies the energy to keep moving and performing at optimal levels. Choosing homemade meals over easy to access fast food, creating a healthy meal plan, or visiting a certified nutritionist can help keep the body healthy. Some more ways to reach one's physical well-being goals are:
Intellectual well-being goals - We live in the information age, and are constantly being fed more and more information on a daily basis. However, a lot of the information we are bombarded with doesn't help us grow our mental capacities. Intellectual well-being is more about keeping one's brain active and expanding one's intellectual capabilities. Engaging in activities that allow you to harness your creativity and intelligence can help cultivate your curiosity about the world. This in turn helps build a habit of life-long learning. Here are a few ways to develop a healthy intellect:
Individual health and organizational health are intricately linked. The growth of the individual produces a positive impact for the organization, and vice-versa. Thus, now more than ever before, harnessing the company’s culture to have a positive impact on employees' well-being is critical. When each team member focuses on their own health and well-being, while leaders work to offer better room for growth, both employees and the organization thrive. Let us create a new year full of growth, productivity, and prosperity, with effective and achievable New Year's resolutions!
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