By Eric Plaut
Happy 2014!  We’re already six weeks into the New Year.  Due to this, I decided to forgo the usual formalities we say on January first.  Hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays with family, friends and the usual good tidings.

As I write this editorial during the week of February ninth, I realize a couple of milestones have occurred in the music world.  The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek would’ve celebrated his 75th birthday on February 12th.  And the Beatles commemorate 50 years since the “British Invasion” landed in New York City.  To celebrate their golden anniversary, I will tie in the Beatles’ song Revolution to this article.  (I will write another article about the Fab Four’s 50th anniversary.  And I’ve already posted an online tribute to Ray Manzarek a few months ago.)

It seems that we all know someone who makes an annual New Year’s resolution.  The old year is slowly fading away, and people briefly recollect what happened during the last 360 or so calendar days.  The holiday decorations get put back in boxes and the Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush) is parked at the curb waiting to be hauled away.  The New Year rolls in and, for most of us, the slate is now wiped clean.
You say you want a resolution?  To most of us, we want to—but can’t—change the world we live in.  As one friend of mine, Jeff, states, we’re only in control of what we think and what we do.  For starters, it’s important that we write out a list of things we want to accomplish.  But it’s even more essential when we plan tomorrow today.  Seeing a list written the night before is a smart way to start out the morning.  It gives us some motivation to begin these tasks.

But resolutions don’t need to begin on January first.  Even though I believe in starting the year with a clean slate, I don’t wait for January first in order to set the creative wheels in motion.  If you want to plan an activity in October for instance, write down your plans on a sheet of paper and start working on it right away.  Don’t count yourself out.  Chances are you may forget what you wanted to start the New Year off with.  Also, wouldn’t it be better accomplish this goal—or several more—before you originally intended to start it three months down the road?  Maybe you could even cite a couple of related examples in a future job interview.

We hear about others making resolutions on New Year’s Day.  People want to lose weight, get a new job, and move to a bigger house—or something astronomical.  Well, that’s great—but with any goal, it’s important to write down your plans and break them down into small steps.  That way you won’t get frustrated and give up easily.  It may help to talk it out with friends, but don’t be surprised if they don’t offer you any “real solutions” on these matters.  For example with losing weight, starting an exercise program or questions about any medical issues you may have, please consult your primary-care physician!  I am not a doctor nor would I ever play one in real life.
In conclusion, you don’t need to wait for the New Year to begin a resolution.  Making vital decisions always tend to be within a stone’s throw from us.  You may want to get started right away, or that one opportunity may pass you by.  Keep a few pens and a pad of paper handy to jot down ideas or things you need to accomplish.  For those larger tasks, it’s important to break them down into smaller steps.  While it’s good to discuss a resolution of yours with a family member or a close friend, you need to consult with a professional for such issues as medical ones or your career.

Alright?  Alright!

Consciousness or I will not accept any responsibility for any of the material written in this article.  This writing just tells of ways of innovation to help one with the job search.  It’s considered, by all means, a learning piece.  So enjoy and best of luck on the job search.  Make 2014 a memorable year!


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