This time of year, so many people hone in on what their “New Year’s Resolutions” will be – what will they commit do? Some may even create elaborate plans on how to make those resolutions stick.  Unfortunately, less than 1% of those resolutions will ever make it past January 15th.  Perhaps they were too lofty, some may not be realistic, but most failure to commit comes from within.  The person just wasn’t that passionate about making it happen to do the work.  I know, I’ve been there more times than I care to admit!

Like many, I’m a goal setter but I’ve learned over the years that it’s far more powerful to focus not on myself and what my actions can do for me, but more importantly what is the effect of my actions on others.  What impact am I having on the world?

It’s powerful.

It’s powerful because when you think of others versus just yourself, your actions have more meaning and they almost take on a life of their own.  It’s adapting a legacy mindset and being forward thinking, broader thinking – big picture.  There is a bonus to this shift in thinking, when you make “resolutions” that are deeply rooted in your soul you are more likely to commit to them.  When you decide to make an impact in the life of another versus changing something for yourself there is a bigger sense of responsibility.

This legacy mindset is why I will often encourage my clients to get involved on non-profit boards.  It will not only broaden their “horizons”, but it will give them purpose on a very deep level.  Their actions, even the smallest actions, will have a profound impact on the lives of others. What may start as a good business or political decision can quickly turn into something that feeds your soul – and that’s where the real magic happens.

I sit on the board of Easter Seals – Capital Regions and Eastern Connecticut and their sister company Veterans Rally Point. I’m continually amazed at the work the staff does with our clients.  The lives that are impacted and changed are countless – and I’m not just talking about our clients’ lives, I’m talking about the board and the staff.  We see the impact, it humbles us.   Again, it’s powerful in ways I can’t even put into words.

As we wrap up 2018 and look forward to 2019, I encourage you change it up.  Sure, making more money, losing weight, and dropping a bad habit are all admirable resolutions, but my gut tells me most won’t be sticky.  Consider making a shift, making a commitment to others on January 1st.

What will be your edge for 2019?  Where will you have an impact?