The Only New Year’s Resolution You NeedDecember 30, 2013
The countdown is on to ring in the new year…just 31 hours (at the time of my post) to go until we welcome 2014. It is at this time of year many sit down to reflect on the current year (great idea), set goals for the next year (even better idea) and write out a few New Year’s resolutions (bad idea). Ok, so New Year’s resolutions aren’t all bad but according to Wikipedia 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail (2007 study of 3,000 people from Richard Wiseman and the University of Bristol). My issue with setting New Year resolutions is the belief many have that there is an expectation of failure. And the expectation of failure is rooted in the truth (see study I just mentioned). Now, yes, some don’t accomplish their goals but they don’t set them expecting to fail either. I believe there is a voice in the back of many, many people’s mind when they set a resolution that they expect to fail by Valentine’s day. So why do we think we will succeed at accomplishing goals and not New Year’s resolutions? It is all in how you use or define a resolution. According to Wikipedia a New Year’s resolution is “a secular tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year’s Day.”
There it is…a “self-improvement” act! Changing ourselves is the hardest thing to do, especially when we have to change decades of bad habits in the process. So don’t look at it that way…focus on setting your goals (business, personal, health, community) and resolving to master only one self-improvement resolution this year. The only New Year’s resolution you need is…
To get back on the horse.
There are things you want to change about yourself, projects you want to tackle and finish, revenue goals you want to blow out of the water…hold fast to them all because the only thing you have to commit to when you get off track is to be 100% committed to getting back on the horse. So for example….you set a goal to lose 10 lbs and in late January you find yourself eating fast food on the run as the schedule kicks into overdrive…it’s okay…just resolve to get back on the horse and make the next item you put in your mouth healthy. Or did you set a goal to have the best sales year ever and to truly focus on your daily prospecting activities but by March 1 you are ignoring your “prospecting time block” on your calendar…it’s okay…just get back on the horse and make the next hour (or two) about prospecting. As in immediately pick up the phone, send an email, go to a networking event, or do whatever your prospecting time entails. Whatever you do just don’t say…”I’ll try again tomorrow”…”I’ll get it right next time”…”Tomorrow I start fresh.” Get back on that horse and before you know it you will stop falling off so much and be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
Here’s to you and to 2014 being a “BREAKOUT” year!