Its mid-January 2014.  Hopefully you have had a good start to your year.  And maybe, if you made any, you are sticking to your resolutions.  Either way, you should now resolve to do at least one thing new or different.  The cliché “If things stay the same, they stay the same” exists because it is true.

For example, starting this blog was one of the ‘different’ things I did last year.  And there are many reasons why I have enjoyed doing it and continue to do it.  That doesn’t mean if you try something new or different you have to keep doing it.  If it isn’t enjoyable or doesn’t move you towards one of your goals for the year, stop (Yes, you should have goals, and write them down; This is a topic for another post…).  Then think of something else and set it in motion.

It is better if you come up with the ideas for something new or different because odds are it will be something you are interested in doing.  But, for instance, no matter your business or profession, we all benefit from meeting new people or exposure.  Does this mean joining a group, attending events, marketing activities or advertising?  Depends on you, your profession, business or company.  Or it may mean a combination of some of these ideas, and others.

It is easier to do nothing.  It saves you time and allows you to stay with what you know and like.  But in most cases it causes you to become stagnant and not progress how you would like to.  So if staying exactly the same works for you, you can do nothing.  Otherwise, start out 2014 right by trying some new and different things in your professional life.  And this works in your personal life too.

If you do try something new or different and have success or not, I am interested to hear about it and your experience.  If you are looking for ideas and want to bounce around ideas about new or different things you can try, please feel free to email or call me.