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Use the DISC to Make Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Eve is (choose one: already or finally) tomorrow. At The Communication Gym we look forward to ushering in 2022 and the opportunities it will provide us. We hope you anticipate its arrival as positively as we do. Before the ball drops in Times Square, many of us will be thinking about a New Year’s Resolution.

Have you ever considered why we do this?

Backstory: January is named for the Roman god Janus, a god imagined as two-faced: one facing forward and one facing back. This symbolized his ability to look forward and backward at the same time. Janus was the guardian of entrances, exits, passageways, beginnings and endings. The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions began years later during Caesar’s reign. At the time, New Year’s resolutions were of a moral nature, such as being kind to others. Today, New Year’s resolutions range from accomplishing a personal goal to breaking a habit. They come at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins.

As we approach a new year, what resolutions have crossed your mind?

In today’s post, we look at how your DISC style can influence this year’s resolution.

Our decisive D-Style is a driven leader, but not known for his empathy or patience. Consider a shift to less impulsive decisions, more patience with others, and an attempt to “relax.”

Our charismatic I loves being around people, but is not characterized as a good listener. Consider making an intentional effort to listen to others. Letting others take control of the conversation will surprise you! If you need some guidance on how to listen better, consider this blog from the beginning of the month or this one from last week.

Our steady S-Style avoids change and conflict. Consider shaking things up: embrace change and conflict. While it can feel messy and chaotic, it brings with it new and exciting opportunities. Spencer Johnson’s classic bestseller Who Moved My Cheese is the perfect first book of 2022 for you!

Our reserved change-averse C tends also to be a perfectionist. While this attention to detail and thoroughness benefits many teams, they may get bogged down in the details which makes it difficult to see the big picture. Consider allowing yourself the freedom to not be perfect. Choose one area of your life where you can “let it go” and accept mistakes or constructive criticism.

No matter what your DISC style is, enjoy this opportunity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, to set goals or make changes, and to break habits that are prohibiting you from reaching your full potential.

Happy New Year from The Communication Gym team!

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