Why should social media be part of your New Year’s resolution?

At the start of the new year, it’s a tradition to set resolutions. According to History.com, this tradition is thought to date back to the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to the gods for a prosperous year ahead. While the idea of making resolutions has held strong, actually following through on a resolution has lost its luster. As a regular guest of the gym, I can attest to this and always look forward to March when the crowds get back to normal.

About a week into 2014 I realized I didn’t set any goals for myself. I felt a little guilty (if I don’t have an annual goal, what am I working towards in 2014?). On the other hand, when is the last time I actually set a realistic goal and worked towards it every day?

So while we’re already a few weeks into the new year, I’ve decided to make a resolution, and hope you’ll join me. It’s only four words, but sums up exactly what I want to do: use social media wisely. Why?

  • Make connections online that you would miss in person.
    Find the beauty in making international friends while sitting on the couch in your PJs.
  • Ensure your online presence is what you want it to be.
    Just because you aren’t involved in all of the latest social media trends, doesn’t mean you’re not online. Google yourself – you may be surprised in what you find.
  • Learn more about yourself
    You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself when you decide to put yourself out there. I find myself asking even more often now “How do I want to be perceived?”

What are your goals for 2014 – and more importantly, WHY did you make them?

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