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New Year's Resolution or Not?

I’m not big on setting a New Years Resolution as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar rolls over.

Two reasons:

  1. New Years Resolutions have a track record of failure.
  2. A resolution is really a plan and a plan takes forward thinking, understanding obstacles, and execution of tactics (to do’s).

If we agree that traditionally New Years Resolutions have a track record of failure then that should be reason enough not do it. Why would you knowingly partake in something that is destined to fail? To be clear, I’m referring to the resolutions made with no plan and with no real disciplined process in place to accomplish the resolution. Sound familiar to past New Years gone by? Perhaps the excitement of the evening, good company, nice dinner and maybe a beverage or two has convinced you to set a New Years Resolution. This resolution could include losing ten pounds, starting exercising regularly or reducing alcohol consumption. All great ideas for a plan but not for an inspirational moment of excitement on New Years Eve!

  • Set a plan not a resolution.
  • Write it down.
  • Lay out the steps to accomplish the plan.
  • Establish time commitments with check points as you move toward the end state of the plan.

Do all of the above at the dinner table New Year’s Eve as you think about a New Years resolution and you will set yourself up for success. Or wait till January 2nd and simply enjoy the evening.

Never underestimate the power of everyday choice!

Happy New Year and here is to a prosperous and fulfilling 2014 in all the ways you want it to be.

“Things that get written down get done."

— Todd Millar

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