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Seven New Year’s Resolutions for Personal & Professional Growth

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to create and refine your personal and professional resolutions.  And while you don’t have to wait to usher in a new year to refocus or set new goals, sometimes it’s the spark you need to tackle achievable goals that can bring incredible growth all year long.

Here are the CaW Insider's top seven 2017 resolutions to consider with additional resources to help you accomplish them.

1. Create a habit of happiness.

We often place more emphasis on our physical health and less on our mental health. However, simple habits such as smiling more, remembering things in your life that you are thankful for or sharing accomplishments with friends can make happiness the norm. In an article published by the School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education entitled, "How to Apply Science of Happiness to Accelerate Success," review the four recommended steps that could help you practice self-compassion to become happier and more successful.  

Additionally, to reduce your stress for a healthier, happier you, consider taking advantage of professional and confidential counseling resources offered through the Faculty Staff Help Centerthe 150-plus health and fitness classes each quarter through our  Health Improvement Program (HIP), as well as the employee incentive program through BeWell each year.

2. Enjoy Stanford’s open learning community.

There’s no shortage of professional enrichment opportunities available at Stanford. From the Continuing Studies Program and  technology course trainings, to a variety of professional development courses, there are hundreds of courses to choose from. And many of the classes are Staff Tuition Assistance Program-eligible. Search the Stanford Training and Registration System (STARS) catalog in Axess for a list of offerings to best fit your needs and interests.

3. Build new connections.

This year explore ways to build connections with your colleagues outside your immediate work group or department. Whether you decide to join a staff group or enjoy one of the fun community events offered all year round, forming and maintaining positive connections in the workplace can  help improve your work performance, physical, mental and emotional health. Learn more ways you can build a culture of connection.

4. Create or join a collaborative community of practice.

Joining a Stanford community of practice  is a great way to learn and share best practices with colleagues across campus. There are a variety of collaborative communities you can join. From content strategy to information technology and development practices and more.  Or, consider creating and moderating your own collaborative community.

5. Learn a new skill online through

Whether you are trying to advance your career by absorbing new knowledge or learn a specific new tool, can be your own personal tutor to help you successfully master a new skill. Access over 3,000 free courses through an online training library that spans a wide variety of topics from web design to marketing, change management and so much more.

6. Take the next steps in your career.

Want to take your career to the next level, but don’t know where to start? Consider meeting with a career counselor through the Career Counseling Network (CCN) to receive individual career development assistance and to understand the best options to achieve your goal. Benefits-eligible staff may use up to $500 of their annual Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds each fiscal year on CCN services.

7. Perform acts of kindness.

No matter how big or small, a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day just a little bit better. Work on sticking to your values, including giving to others through volunteering, to more effectively manage social change as discussed in a video by Geoffrey L. Cohen, Professor in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology, and (by courtesy) the Graduate School of Business, and David Sherman, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cheers to a wonderful 2017! Do you have a new year’s resolution or resource to tell us about? Please share it on the Cardinal at Work Connect Facebook page.

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