As 2018 comes to a close, I think back on the resolutions I made. Like many of us, I didn’t accomplish most of them; however, I’m very proud of three professional resolutions that I accomplished in conjunction with others:
Three of my mentees were placed on corporate boards.
Another three mentees were successful in leading very large transformations within their organization.
During my tenure as board chair, Atlanta Community Food Bank raised over $40 million dollars and broke ground on a new facility.
From a personal standpoint, I didn’t lose the weight I wanted, but I’m proud that my wife Celest and I accomplished our goal of having been to all of the 50 states. Last September, we visited the last 5 (North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming).
I’ve noticed there’s a pattern to the goals that I accomplish. Those goals either benefit others or are in partnership with others. Setting and achieving collaborative and betterment goals are much more gratifying than ones that just benefit me. To that point, I’ve come to realize that a person truly becomes a leader when she starts making a positive difference in the lives of others.
With that being said, here are my top three resolutions for 2019:
Finish creating the framework and training program for busy people who want to give their career and personal life a boost that will make them more successful and satisfied – personally and professionally
Add Australia to the list of continents Celest and I have visited. Antarctica is the last of the 7 we haven’t visited. God willing, going there will be 2020 resolutions.
Assist at least three more people achieve their goals.
In closing, if you want to accomplish a resolution, make it one that will benefit others or one that you will do in partnership with others.
Let’s make 2019 a great one. Happy New Year! James