We all make New Year’s resolutions although unfortunately many of us subsequently fail to follow through on them!
While that may or may not be fine in our personal lives, this dropping of any one of the strategic balls when it comes to our business could definitely be detrimental to the 2013 results!
You know the ones that we made at the end of 2012! Resolutions to lose weight, start a company blog, begin an exercise regimen or maybe refocus our marketing plan to make it more relevant in a 2013 world.
The bottom-line is that whether we make these resolutions for our personal lives or for business, a basic probability is that the ball will be dropped soon after the Times Square ball is dropped on New Years Eve!
The following article from Weakonomics caught my eye and I wanted to share it here.
“Make Plans, Not Resolutions”
Now it’s 2013. If you’re like most people you sat at home last night and watched terrible TV then went to bed at 12:05. The 5% of people that posted something on Facebook to the contrary are trying to look sociable so people that are not will feel or think something. I don’t understand.
Anyway, most people don’t make resolutions but just about everyone talks about them. And no one is ever able to fulfil resolutions because they are basically empty promises. So if you’re going to try and make 2013 a better year, make plans, not resolutions.
The way most people make resolutions, it’s a weak promise to themselves. It’s really only followed by some type of hope that they will come true.
Plans on the other hand should be much more robust. Let’s use the classic example of losing weight. A resolution is just to lose it. A plan includes specific actions that will be taken, milestones, and even contingencies for unforeseen roadblocks.
For losing weight that would certainly include periodic weigh-ins and expectations for what the scale would say. It would also entail how the person will actually lose the weight. If it’s through exercise, then how and when the exercise will occur is important. Dieting is effective as well, but how it happens and when you’re allowed to cheat should be in the plan too.
If you really want to make a plan effective, share it with others. Publicly announce your plan to lose weight and empower those around you to check in and ask how things are going. This of course assumes you actually want to accomplish your plan. If you’re just wishing for a better year, then resolutions are certainly the way to go. Sometimes you might get lucky, and maybe your resolutions will come true. But it’s a lot more likely with a plan.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to make a new year better than the last. But it’s only going to happen if you make it happen. (Source)
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