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What Do You Predict for 2018?

This time of year, we hear the experts predict the future on subjects like the economy, scientific discoveries, or the super bowl (just to name a few). What are you predicting for 2018? I am not asking about your vision on a national level, but rather on an individual level. Many people think of the New Year as an opportunity to make BIG change and have the upcoming year become way different than then previous one. It is possible, and there are stories of people whose lives look vastly different in the next holiday season then they did the last, but for many people, 2018 will be much the same as 2017, unless they change their approach to how they live their daily lives. Socrates is often credited with saying “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates believed people are on this earth to grow personally and spiritually, and unless you take a look at where you’ve been, you can’t fulfill your destiny. It is with this in mind, that I will encourage you to take a look back at 2017 and journal the answer to the following questions:

  • How would my spouse or significant other rate our relationship on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best it can be)? If the answer is less than a 10, what can I do in 2018 to make it a 10?
  • How would my best friend rate our friendship on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best it can be)? If the answer is less than a 10 what can I do in 2018 to make it a 10?
  • How would my boss rate my work performance on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best it can be)? If the answer is less than a 10 what can I do in 2018 to make it a 10?
  • How would my coworkers rate my job performance on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best it can be)? If the answer is less than a 10 what can I do in 2018 to make it a 10?

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m asking you to write about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others and not the other way around. There is research that suggests when we focus on what we can do for others, we become happier as a result. So, what do you predict for 2018? What will you do to make the lives of others better?

By:
Leslie Fiorenzo
Director of Employee Assistance Center