The New Year is fast approaching. People all over the world are contemplating just how NEXT YEAR will be different... better even. We'll all make resolutions for 2017 that will turn our lives around - that is if we can follow through on them. It's a clean slate. A NEW YEAR. We'll eat better, be nicer, save money, exercise. Or WILL WE? This blog will attempt to show you How To Make 2017 New Year's Resolutions Come True - so pay attention.
Why Do So Many People Fail At New Year's Resolutions?
It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Your work load increases because all of your plans and budgets start at the first of the year - so everyone is hustling. You're glued to your office chair dealing with emails that flood in and work that may have gotten put off over the holidays. Stress causes diets to get torpedoed as quickly as you start them and the gym takes time you just don't have.
If You Can Decide, It Will Happen
Resolutions are fun. For a few days we get to live in a fantasy world where, with almost no effort, we’re thin, healthy, happy, friendly, loving and well-rested. And yet here’s the painful truth: Resolutions require almost no work upfront, but they require incredible willpower to achieve...and apparently less than 10 percent of us have that much willpower.
Decisions are work. We have to make a choice, a plan, accept trade-offs, put in effort AND prepare ourselves for CHANGE. But here’s a more uplifting way to look at it: Decisions require a little effort upfront, but then it’s like they happen automatically. It actually takes incredible willpower to STOP following through on a decision once we make it. So the key is to make better decision-driven resolutions this year.
Five Steps to Better Decision-Driven Resolutions
1. Write down 3 to 5 biggest reasons you are likely to fail at your 2017 New Year's Resolutions. You can use a work euphemism and call them “challenges” if you want. This is something you do at work all the time when you’re on the hook to deliver against a goal. Business is a contact sport, and you gotta take the hard truths head on. For example, if you are trying to get fit, one “challenge” may be that you really LIKE to lounge on the couch watching TV with your favorite bag of cheetos in hand.
2. Turn them into decisions. This step is easy. Just reframe each challenge like this, “What should we do about the fact that I eat too many cheetos in front of the TV?”
3. Get support. Decisions don’t happen in a vacuum. Decisions change the world. You need support. You need a TEAM of support. A good decision team includes people who can help, and people who will probably get in the way. For example, eating cheetos in front of the TV most likely involves spouses, kids, friends...
4. Don't set yourself up for failure. Are you laughing or cringing at the idea of assembling the team? Then you are going to fail at your resolution, just like most people. So don’t set yourself up for failure. Pick a different resolution. Call it a strategic pivot. Or just resolve to be happy with life as it is...and bring me the orange-powdered remote control, the game’s on.
5. Keep up the good work! If you're still going, YAY YOU! You’ve gathered the team’s perspectives, you’ve made some decisions, you’ve gotten their buy in. It’s tough, but forcing yourself to decide made it clear that you care less about crunching cheetos in front of the TV than you do about a great life or good sleep or generally just looking good and feeling great about yourself and the world. You’ve also just moved your chances of success from 10 percent to 90 percent. Nice work!
Now you're hopefully prepared to succeed at your resolutions for 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR! And for good measure, here's a clever infograph that outlines some truly interesting historic facts about New Years. Enjoy!