Ok, I know it is cliché and everyone knows they don’t work. But you know that you are making new years resolutions this year. If you are anything like me, you made a few last year along the lines of “Lose weight” or “Get Organized.” The jokes are already flowing about the gym the first week of January filled with new people who will disappear by the end of the month. And we all know, that is exactly what will happen.
Ok, so here is the deal, New Years Resolutions don’t work! You know that already, but we continue to fool ourselves. The question is, why? Most of you are very intelligent, successful individuals. Why is it so hard to commit to a resolution?
It’s all about the feedback loop. The reason year long resolutions don’t work is because if we are only measuring a year at a time, it is way to easy to fall into a trap of procrastination and eventually dropping it altogether.
So, how do you fix it? Its way easier than you think. Start by shrinking the feedback loop. Make your yearlong resolutions. Think Big! Way bigger than any simple resolution you may have had in the past. But don’t stop there; Make a New Month Resolution for January that takes you in the right direction. But wait, there is more…. Make a New Week resolution that will take you in the direction of the month resolution. Ok, one more…. Every Day, make a new day resolution. What is something you can do today that will advance your goal? Measure your success by that one goal, every day. NO excuses, every day, measure how you did with your goal? At the end of the week, measure that, and make a new weekly goal for the next week.
When you measure progress in small chunks with clear and precise objectives, you will be amazed at the massive feats you can accomplish over the course of a year.
So, go ahead and make that new years resolution. Then break it up into small manageable, measurable objectives and get to work.
Really. Right now. Why are you still here?