Making Learning & Development New Year’s Resolutions

31 Dec

If you want the things you’ve never had, you gotta do the things you’ve never done.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Every year people make New Year’s resolutions and this year will be no exception but this year, why don’t you make a resolution you can keep.

Make a resolution to sharpen your Learning & Development skills, stop and take time for your own career development and make a pledge to learn about a new topic, concept or idea in the field of L&D each month. The most successful people in their careers work on professional and personal development continually. They know that keeping the right focus, staying up-to-date on trends, concepts and new directions in the field make them successful. Falling behind or getting stagnant makes career advancement difficult.

My advice to you is to take a piece of paper, yes good old-fashioned paper, and write down a series of learning goals. Why paper? Well—two reasons. One is that research has shown that we are more likely to reach our goals if we write them down and that research was conducted using pen and paper so, it probably works with a digital format but a paper format has another advantage it’s tactile and you can put it your goals right where you can see them. Tape them to the bathroom mirror so you see them first thing in the morning, so you see them when you brush your teeth at night. Make the goals the first and last thing you think about every day. If you do that, you will be compelled to achieve those goals and, if you make those goals learning related, not only will you keep your resolution but you will also grow your skill set, become better at your career and start to notice positive changes in your ability to add value to your organization.

So make a resolution to have you, and your Learning & Development team join the Learning & Development Mentor Academy. You’ll learn about the latest L&D trends and technologies, share concepts with peers and become much more valuable within your own organization all while honoring your New Year’s resolution. What a great way to start 2021!

Karl Kapp is a scholar, writer, expert on game-thinking, gamification and game-based strategies and the convergence of games, learning, and technology. He is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University, and an Enspire Partner.

Craig Dadoly