2013 in Review: 3 New Year's commitments any cop can make
Resolutions are so easily broken – we need a new word for changes we will commit to making
This is the time of year we look back at the year gone by and start looking ahead to the year to come. In doing so, we begin making New Year’s resolutions. Despite the true definition of a resolution, it has become something that people are comfortable in making at the end of December and breaking by the end of January.
I am going to challenge you to do something different this year and make New Year's commitments. Commitments seem to have a greater impact on us — and at a deeper level — because we seem to be more willing to stick with commitments than with resolutions.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are to butt out (quick smoking), eat healthy, and be more active. I’m going to suggest you make those your personal commitments for 2014, but with a slight twist to each.
• I know I should work out every day, BUT it is hard when you work shift work
What’s important now is to take the word “but” out of your vocabulary. Stop making excuses and start taking action. Make the things that you say are important in your life a priority.
• Are you making time to read every day, and if so, what are you reading?
One last key aspect of eating healthy is that we need to stop eating our own. Despite the continual talk of the thin blue line and how we will risk our lives for our brother and sister officers, as a culture, law enforcement officers are also very quick to turn on each other. We are quick to criticize, to judge and to trash-talk other officers, often with limited information about the actual incident. The time has come to stop eating our own and stop the judging and the criticizing that have become so prevalent.
Be More Active
Get actively involved in mentoring officers in your agency. Get active in the community and become a mentor and role model. And get physically active. We are losing way too many cops every year to heart attacks — so get active, get in shape, and develop a high level of functional strength and fitness.
What are you willing to commit to in 2014? Decide, and then write it down. Share it with an accountability partner, or better yet, share it with your team or squad and encourage them to do the same.
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