Belated New Year’s Resolutions for Proposal Professionals

Here are some encouraging ideas to make 2011 a great year as a proposal professional.

I resolve to think big and not listen to people who tell me I am being unrealistic.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.”  I will think broadly and think big to achieve my goals.  I will ignore the naysayers, but I will be realistic about what I can accomplish.

I resolve to invest more in my career.

Because proposal development changes with the times, I will keep up with the latest trends and research about my field.  If I am not a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, I will join this year.

I resolve to expand my professional skills.

There are many stimulating books, articles, conferences, and courses that can help me to become more knowledgeable and adept in my field.  I will read at least one substantive book a month in business development, decision-making, current trends, or social media.

I resolve to make my workplace a better place to work.

Because work conditions are so important to me and my colleagues, I will strive to make my workplace a more comfortable, collaborative, and convivial environment this year.

I resolve to stay optimistic.

To succeed, I will have a positive outlook on my profession and work.  I will look at today’s problems as challenges and focus on what I can do to make me and my colleagues more successful.

I resolve to take better care of myself.

I cannot be happy and successful unless I am healthy.  This means eating nourishing foods, exercising regularly, and spending plenty of time with family, friends, and the organizations that help give my life meaning and purpose.

I resolve to take an exciting vacation to a new place.

Vacations are a wonderful way to develop a broader and deeper understanding of myself and the world around me.  I will take a new and interesting vacation this year that expands my knowledge and perspectives.

I resolve to keep my sense of humor.

I need to laugh more.  This year, I will try to find humor in people and situations that would have angered or disappointed me the previous year.

These are my resolutions for 2011.  I am sure that you can add to them and have a great 2011.

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