Yesterday I had some fun dreaming up New Year´s Resolutions for others. Now here´s why I think it is important we all have New Year´s Resolutions – and then implement them (adapted from my e-book New Year´s Resolutions for Leaders):
1. New Year´s Resolutions are really just goals that we adopt at the beginning of the year. We should all have goals related to our career and work.
2. Most people suffer a productivity plunge around the holidays. All the food, time off, draining relatives, driving, and football games siphon our resources. The only people not permitted to slow down during the holidays are the poor souls working at retailers and in law enforcement. A New Year´s Resolution can be just the kick in the pants we need come January.
3. New Year´s Resolutions can be more fun to set than goals. You can propose a toast, declare them over leftover fruitcake, or get a new Franklin Planner to commemorate your fresh start. This year, I am going to buy a cool fountain pen from Levenger (a blue beauty called Verona) to record my resolution.
4. A New Year´s Resolution – when acted on – can improve your life and career.
The Two Keys to Successful Implementation of Your New Year´s Resolution:
1. Focus like a Laser Beam!
2. Be Unstoppable!
Here´s the 2X2 Matrix I created:
The Resolutions Matrix illustrates what happens when people adopt resolutions. The optimal position within the matrix is the top right, where "focused like a laser beam"?? and "unstoppable"?? meet.
Focus occurs when a resolution is well defined and targeted on solving important problems (not symptoms) or seizing exciting opportunities. The desired outcome is clear, challenging, but attainable. Ownership is a focus. Actions are selected based on how well they support the goal and the tendency to get sidetracked is rejected.
The Action component of the matrix measures activity level. Activity can include doing something, conversations (verbal or written), idea generation, problem solving, and learning.
Low Focus, Low Action: Stuck – no progress, or going backwards. In a rut, uninspired, apathetic, or distracted.
High Focus, Low Action: Stargazer — all dreams and intent with no or little execution. All talk, no action.
Low Focus, High Action: Victim — moving fast in the wrong direction. Often leads to excuses and victim conversations.
High Focus, High Action: P2 — Peak Performance — moving with velocity, with speed and direction. Producing breakthroughs. Results are high and leading to success.
Here´s my resolution: By the end of the year, I am going to write something that strikes a unique and positive chord in the business community such that my story/article/book ends up on the front cover of a major business publication! I´m not sure what I will write yet, but that´s my resolution and I´m sticking to it. The point is not that I want to be on a front cover, but that I want to create something WORTHY of being on a front cover.
The Path to Success
1. Embrace the opportunity to change your life.
2. New Year´s Resolutions can be fun – let yours kickstart your year.
3. Select a resolution that you find exciting and meaningful.
4. Share your resolution with everyone!
5. Create a plan for success.
6. Get into action.
7. Adjust the plan as needed.
8. Stay in action.
9. Celebrate your successes!