There is no escaping that Christmas is around the corner – John Lewis have launched their Christmas ad so it must be ok to talk about the “C” word now!

Most of us start to think about new beginnings and resolutions after the festivities have ended, but this year I am going to get ahead of the game. Rather than wait until I am stuffed full of turkey and prosecco (which is when I usually think about dieting/being a size 8 by next Christmas (never going to happen!) /personal improvement etc), I am thinking now about my resolutions for the New Year.

As someone who works in Learning and Development, my mind has turned to my own personal development and the skills I need to/want to improve in 2018. I love to learn, and am excited at the prospect of developing some new skills. I have found a fabulous coaching course which I am off to find out more about at the weekend (so watch this space!) and can’t wait to put into practice all the new things I learn.

Thinking about my personal development got me thinking about that of others. After Christmas, people often have the New Year blues and encounter that difficult period of going to work in the dark, coming home in the dark and generally feeling a bit low after the excitement of Christmas.

But there’s no need – why not think now about how you can support your team and help them come back to work not only refreshed by their Christmas break, but with something to look forward to.

To help you get ahead of the curve, I have a suggestion to make. Think about your own and your team’s personal development goals now for 2018 – what do you need to improve on, what do you want to learn, what would make your team even more fabulous than it already is?

Then, talk to me. I am going to offer some great discounts to people booking workshops, coaching sessions and MBTI sessions before Christmas ready for the New Year. I appreciate that people don’t want training courses, coaching etc in December as they are too busy eating mince pies, partying (and hopefully working!) but thinking ahead and making plans for the New Year gives you something to look forward to come January.

So, why not get ahead of the game – don’t wait until the New Year to think about those resolutions. Start 2018 as you mean to go on – with a plan to make it the best year yet!