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A Resolution for 2024? Improving the Impact We Have On Others

A Resolution for 2024? Improving the Impact We Have On Others
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Approaching the end of a year often inspires reflection on many aspects of our lives, including our relationships with and our effect on others. We may then be motivated to engage in the time-honored tradition of making a New Year’s resolution, in this case, to examine and improve the impact we have. This process can be transformative. Remember that New Year’s resolutions succeed only about 8% of the time. To improve the outcome for your own resolutions, envision the result you want. If that vision is meaningful enough to you, you will make the desired adjustments to grow closer to that meaningful vision. Here are some ideas to help you honor the person you are meant to be.


As we become more sensitive to how we make other people feel and our impact on the environment around us—in both our personal and professional lives—we begin a transformation like the one described in The Shift from Me to Team. This shift allows us to become the person we are meant to be.

But how do we begin to care about how we affect others? We need to feel secure about who we are before we can begin to see others completely, and to care about our impact on our culture, family, organization, or community.

Each of us is imperfect, not as good as we would like to be. However, simply being a trustworthy person who cares about other people helps make the world a better place, and that is something to feel good about. And it also provides us a solid foundation for venturing forward confidently.

As we gain a clearer vision of who we hope to become, we embark on the journey to become the best version of ourselves.  We are open to learning and growing from anyone on this journey, though we may choose not to listen to everyone!  In the end, each of us is responsible for our own unique journey through the jungle of life, and we must learn from our decisions.

It is the support of close confidants who truly care about us that permits us to make meaningful adjustments on our journey. They are there for us, and we need to seek their insights. And we must be vulnerable—Vulnerability is a prerequisite for being trusted. Trust and caring are the two requirements of all meaningful relationships.

As we move through the world, more vulnerable yet believing we are the best version of ourselves so far, we begin to sense how we make others feel. At FS/A, we work a great deal in health systems with surgeons. Their operational process and expertise are stunning and exceptional. The competency with which they do their work is truly admirable. What if how they made their team feel was as important to them as their procedures? How the team feels as they enter the operating room and how they feel during the operations has a great deal to do with the quality of the outcome of the procedure. Each of us at some time is that surgeon, and we must ask ourselves, Are we creating an environment that enables the best outcome possible?

For this blog:

  • What feelings would you like to create when you are with your family, coworkers, or friends?
  • What impact would you like to have on the environment, the culture, and your brand?
  • How would you like others to share how you made them feel?
  • Do you bring positive energy into the room?
  • Were people happy to see you?

We hope you have found some inspiration in this post, and in others we have shared in 2023. We look forward to being with you in the new year, and we hope you enjoy a special time with friends and family during this holiday season. See you in 2024.

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