New year motivation

The holidays are over and it’s time to buckle down and get back to work. But that doesn’t mean that returning to work has to be drudgery.

New Year, New Beginning

Revitalize in part with a change your outlook to make this new year a new beginning.

 Metro Services Branch Manager Shannon Westlake, who offers professional development classes that include leadership coaches that specialize in building and empowering teams for success, said that the New Year is a time for growth.

“This is our busiest time of the year. The fourth quarter slows down with most clients, closing down the end of the year,” but, she added, the New Year sees “everybody revamping. We are filling positions left and right.”

Christmas, however great, can be a financial drain, so the New Year is a time for excitement to be back to work.

Westlake noted that finances are often a driver for most people.

“There is a fresh excitement to find a new opportunity,” she said.

That revitalization can come in the form of a new position.

Metro Regional Manager Sherry Douglas added, “We always try to start someone somewhere, find that right assignment…place them where they want to be.”

Narrow your focus

With the holidays over, the busyness of our daily lives doesn’t stop, only slacks up a bit. Counter those distractions by focusing on what’s really important.

Write down a list of goals, then cross off what is not truly critical. With careful introspection, you’ll be surprised how much just plain extra stuff fills the day.

Get moving

Bottom line, get started. Take a small step; even if it seems inconsequential small steps build momentum. Whether you want to start a new career and that means taking a forklift class at Metro Services or clearing the holiday tinsel from your desk, to enact change you must take the first step, then stay with it, until you see progress.   

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

Staff Writer

John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

Recommended for you