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3 New Year's Resolutions for Young Professionals

2010 marks the year that Millennials are poised to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest generation on the planet. The last few years have been filled with articles from experts, business leaders, researchers and bloggers, warning about the coming generation storm.  Well folks, it's no longer 23664139 pending…it's here.

The arrival of the new decade brings a great opportunity for the ranks of the young professionals to really start coming into their own. Though this is an ever-evolving process, the new year marks a great time to establish resolutions that will help start this process on the right foot. Here are three resolutions YPs should consider in 2010:       

1.     Grow Up. Tone it down a little. You know you’re hot stuff, you’ve always been taught the world is yours and to go out and grab the bull by the horns. But as you may have learned last year through this economic recession, the real world doesn’t always go exactly by your plans. Life is more art than science, filled with circumstances that don’t always follow the formula you were taught. Your ability to take that in stride and focus on the needs and desires of those around you will not only give you enough favor to place you in a better position, but it will also provide you better wisdom of what to do once in that position.

2.     Slow down. Yes, life is short. But few things are enjoyed that are rushed. While no one wants to miss that golden moment, an opportunity passed up is not the end of the world. It might actually allow you to gain a better handle on your current involvements which in turn might lead to more fulfilling opportunities. Think of life as one of those holiday meals you recently experienced, rather than a quick fast-food bite. The holiday meal takes hours to prepare, enjoy and recover from, giving us an experience that leaves us with pleasant memories. Fast food, on the other hand, is convenient, and tasty, but is quickly fleeting and unfulfilling. Give yourself time to appreciate all the subtle nuances of life.

3.     Unplug. Your world provides conveniences that previous generations could only imagine and it’s only going to get better as time goes on. Yet, as cool as these tools and toys are in allowing us to do more with our time, the result is more and more being asked of us. Though we can take on more than ever before, are we allowing our brain to fully comprehend our actions? Stepping away for a while from the gadgets, the noise and the clutter allows your brain to catch up, process and see the bigger picture. It might help you become more creative and a more critical thinker. So, rather than become slaves of our own technology, prove that you can still function without it.  

Taking time this year to readjust will help young professionals position themselves for their arrival into prominence.


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