Another year has begun, and brought a new chance to put intention into action. Resolutions have a mixed reputation, and quite honestly, I’m not the best at keeping them. But as a huge proponent of clarifying direction and goals, here’s what’s on my mind.
This year, I resolve to…
Notice when I hesitate and move forward anyway. I believe that reticence to take action is tied to the question, “What if this doesn’t turn out well?” Well, even Nora Roberts, bestselling author of countless novels apparently confronts fear of the blank page from time to time. In 2018, I resolve to notice those times when some semblance of a blank page looms in my work and life, and to remember the cost of NOT acting. Everything brings some risk, even standing still. I resolve to minimize big risks without succumbing to “analysis paralysis.”
Look outward AND inward for direction. As an introvert naturally, I’m used to paying attention to cues from my own body and reflections. But doing my best work means being in touch with what’s happening around me. It’s where outside forces and inside forces meet that good things can happen. So I resolve to plan coffee or lunch with a colleague more often; and to cast a broader net as I watch for relevant campus events to incorporate into my schedule.
Think every day about how my job links to the three-fold mission of UC Berkeley – Research, Teaching, and Public Service. Building community is one of Chancellor Christ’s five goals. (What I Hope to Achieve: A Letter from Chancellor Christ), and there is nothing more central to a community than its shared purpose. I’m thankful that I get the chance to contribute by helping our staff grow their careers – to act as one of the ways this university supports its people. What an honor to be part of this amazing place, and to work with its amazing staff.