December 31st is the last day of 2020! What has been a whirlwind of a year will finally come to an end and hopefully we can look forward to only positive experiences in 2021. New Year’s Resolutions are popular even though they rarely come to fruition. According to a recent survey conducted by Finder, “an estimated 23.1 million Americans — or 12.23% of all Americans with resolutions — don’t believe that meeting their resolution is within reach. Nearly 24.7 million Americans, about 13.06% of adults with resolutions the population, who think it’s possible — but they aren’t entirely confident are neutral about the outcome of their resolutions.”
The most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2021, according to Finder, are Health, Self-Improvement, Money, and Family. Shockingly “Career” centered resolutions were not top of mind for those surveyed, even though “Money” the third most popular theme. The pandemic has naturally impacted the resolutions we might make this year causing the most popular resolutions to focus more on personal goals over professional ones.
EPI has spent the past year working on improving our leadership skills through InitiativeOne’s Transformational Leadership program. With the inspiration we have gained from this program, we thought we would share some of our New Year’s Resolutions with you to give you some ideas for your own resolutions this year.
Scott Snider: I have never been a big New Year’s resolution person. In fact I probably fell into the masses. People that set goals, live them for 2-3 months into the new year then get tied up in life and move on. I am an avid bucket list holder, so if I look to “living” I tend to knock things off that list. But neve really any personal examination or challenge. It wasn’t until the COVID pandemic hit me, my business, and my family that changed my perspective. Beyond that, the EPI team went through InitiativeOne’s Transformational Leadership program and it provided me with my true first personal goal. In fact, it challenged me to go away for a weekend to do some deeper personal reflection where I actually started to incorporate the 3 Legs of the Stool as owner. I took a look finally not at just my business life, but my personal life and my personal financial plan. I also found my personal purpose which led me to two critical goals for 2021. One personal and one business. My personal goal in 2021, is to live a more holistic life, concentrating on three things. Challenging my mind, my body, and my spirit. Things that would make it a success would be to take that personal self reflection retreat again, work one personal day into my month, read 3 non-business books, learn a new hobby, go get a regular check up at the doctors, eat better, live better, and volunteer more. My business goal is to build a company that both employees and our customers feel connected. I hope that they feel empowered and they see a great future with opportunities. We will rebuild our core values, continue our investment in personal and professional growth. We will have proactive interactions with our customers to better understand their desires and goals. Finally we will create new content to share to our EPI community. This year has challenged me to be better. Both as an entrepreneur and as a person. And through the bad that this pandemic has brought, I guess I do see some good and some light. Cheers 2021!
Jocelyn Bires: I normally do not make a New Year’s resolution. However, this year being a part of leadership training with the company has made me realize how important it is to make goals for yourself and stay committed to them. So this year, my New Year’s resolution is to stay committed to improving myself personally and professionally. Personally, I will be committed to taking time each day to work-out and read. Professionally, I will be committed to growing my knowledge in the areas of human resources and business operations in order to open up opportunities for me to grow here at EPI. I am excited to see what opportunities 2021 brings!
William Detki: My 2021 goals is to pay attention to my body more. I recently got a FitBit and I’m going to work on my steps. My goal is 10,000 a day.
Alex Hooker: My resolution for 2021 is to create more. I go through these phases where I get a lot of inspiration and want to create new things, but I tend to get too excited and start too many projects at once and become overwhelmed. So my goal is to harness more of that creativity and finish more projects in 2021.
Jesse Hudson: It might be cliché, but I have a health/wellness goal for 2021. I will complete a full P90X program before April. I’ve been working out consistently this year and don’t want to lose that momentum heading into the new year!
Max Humphrey: My New Year’s resolution is to get down to 180lbs in body weight and plank for 15 minutes. I want to be able to improve both my mental and physical health.
Joe Klauer: My goal for 2021 is to become more organized and start mapping out my weeks, personally and professionally. I felt like this year with a pandemic, I was running around like a chicken with his head cut off. 2021 is the year of planning and organization!
Paige Koerper: My New Year’s Resolution is to expand and enhance my career knowledge. I will accomplish this by finishing my Professional Certified Marketing certification, reading one business book per month, and finding a podcast about marketing or a related topic that I actually find interesting (this one is easier said than done).
Colleen Kowalski: In the past I have always made resolutions that I knew deep down would only last 2 weeks – if that. This year I am making a resolution I actually intend to keep. My goal for 2021 is to cook a new recipe once a week and limit the amount of takeout I order for dinner.
Josh Koza: In 2021, I resolve to read a minimum of one book per month for a total of at least 12 books completed by December 31, 2021. The reason I’ve chosen to make this one of my resolutions, besides a number of positive health benefits (reduced stress, increased focus and concentration, improved sleep quality, etc.), is that I would like to set aside time to learning more about subjects that are of interest to me. One of the things I’ve learned in 2020 is that if you don’t take time to invest in yourself, you cannot invest into others in the capacity you’d like to, and I hope this helps me take a step in the right direction.
Scott Lang: I have never made a resolution before, but this year I want to step up my health game. I work out at least five days a week but I want to really put together a good meal plan to take the next step of getting more fit.
Joshua Lewis: I have several goals this year. One that is very important to me is to volunteer 2 – 4 hours of my time every weekend to a local dog shelter. I love dogs! I am a certified dog trainer, and not only is it a passion of mine to work with dogs, but it is one of my greatest joys to train shelter dogs so that they can be adopted faster.
Chase Ross: My resolution is to stay connected with friends and family, especially with those who aren’t nearby.
John Weishar: My New Year’s Resolution I have already started. I turned 29 back in October and my goal and will be a part of resolution is to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. I am already 1/3 of the way there! I also would like to read 6 books next year which for me is going to be an absolute challenge.
We at EPI hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!