You started the New Year empowered by changes you would like to make for yourself. You may have even shared with us some of your goals for this year. So, how's it going? Here's what you shared with us, and some resources you can use to take the next (small) step in your journey.
Throughout January—on the Cardinal at Work website and the Insider newsletter—we asked you what your resolutions, hopes and wishes are for 2021. From weight loss, to improving communication skills, to being a better mentor, it turns out many of us are looking to make positive changes in our lives and daily routines.
The goals you submitted could be nested under broad categories such as creating a positive outlook, wellness and growth and development. Good news: There are resources available to you as a Stanford employee in all of those areas, and our resolution on Cardinal at Work is to continually help you find the information you need to excel in your work and in life.
The key to success with many of these goals is recognizing the journey you’re on is about behavior change, not overnight change.
A growing body of research from Stanford and elsewhere provides insight into some of the best ways to start changing your behaviors, such as: starting with small steps, telling someone your goal so they can help you stick to them and remembering why the change is important to you (BeWell’s January 2021 feature on self-care strategies speaks to this more).
Creating a plan, if you haven’t already, is a good place to start. Here are some ideas to inform your plan. You can find additional resources on the Cardinal at Work site, including filtering through Stanford perks such as Sweeteners.
As you continue to work toward your goals throughout the year, take a moment to let us know how we can provide the right content to help support your efforts by giving us feedback.