2010 is coming to a close, and the New Year is soon approaching. It's time to start thinking about New Year's Resolutions. This year, put extra effort into something that betters you as a person as well as a professional and helps others along the way.
- SPREAD THE GOOD WORD about your profession. It's called Public Relations. The thought of "being in the spotlight" may be intimidating to some, but PR is really very simple and many of you are doing it already. If you have summarized your job to friends, family or parents of student-athletes, that is PR. Speaking to students at a career fair or allowing them to job shadow you is PR. Communicating with the media on the sideline or promoting your profession through social media is PR.
- EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN. Get a jump start on your CEUs. Waiting until the last minute to start your CEUs can be stressful. Start the year off right by identifying events you are interested in attending in 2011. Learning is much more fun when you can choose what you want to learn about rather than be forced to complete a course because of the number of contact hours assigned.
- GET ENGAGED! Do you know about the latest happenings in your state? Many states have passed concussion legislation within the past year. Other states have passed licensure. HR1137 still needs support. Have you contacted your local US Congressional Representative to spread the good word and request support for ATEAM?
It only takes a spark to get the fire going. Light a match and give a little extra effort for yourself and your profession.