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CEO's Monthly Message (January 2023)

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

Happy New Year Wind River and New Orleans.

Cheers to New Beginnings.

The start of January is a great time to reflect on new beginnings. It is a wonderful time to consider a few key questions that, when answered, can help you become a better mom, dad, aunt, uncle, role model for our students, and employee. You can ask yourself:

  • How far did I come this year in fulfilling my dreams?

  • How proud am I of the way I interacted with others?

  • How did I handle adversity this year?

  • How did I handle success?

  • What are my main goals for 2023?

Below are five steps that can help you once you have reflected on the questions above. Step One: Write a personal vision statement. A personal vision statement is a statement of what you want to accomplish in your life, both personally and professionally. It should take into account your skills and talents and your unique values (what matters to you). A couple of Job Corps examples are offered below:

  • My vision is to work with young adults as a Job Corps residential advisor. My strong passion and commitment to helping those who are struggling have inspired me to pursue this career.

  • My vision is to someday be a Job Corps Center Director where I can influence both staff and students to continuously develop, learn, and achieve their best.

Step Two: Set an achievable goal. Each week intentionally set a goal. Write it down and examine it each day. Start small and build up over time. The secret is to do what you can to make your goal a reality. Do not stop until the goal has been achieved. It may take more than a week, but keep focused on it. A mountain is scaled in many small steps. Step Three: Remove negative people from your environment. A negative person is one who complains but doesn’t do anything to change their situation. They tend to make you feel bad about yourself and are not supportive of your goals. They tend to dismiss your ideas and dreams and bring a negative energy to any situation. Sometimes they act as a victim to elicit you feeling sorry for them or make you do their work. You know who these people are. Do what you can to avoid them. Step Four: Integrate positivity in all aspects of your life. Decide each day that it will be a good day. When we are able to take each day as it comes and begin it with a great attitude, things tend to go our way. Even when things happen we wish could have been avoided, we are better able to handle the issue and move on quickly. The attitude you hold and your decision to be positive is your choice. Step Five: Take the first step. Sometimes doing nothing just inhibits us from moving forward to create our new beginning. We stay stuck in habits that are hard to break. Experts say that many bad habits can be broken if you can go 30 days without them. Forming new habits can take a little longer. On average, it takes about two months before a new behavior becomes automatic. It should be done daily. In the grand scheme of things, two months to create a new beginning is a small amount of time to take.

Have a great new beginning in 2023!!!

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