“According to a study by the University of Scranton, 60% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Nearly one-third of them won’t make it to Valentine’s Day.”
— Dave Ramsey
Are you making resolutions or planning objectives for this new year?
Entering each new year can be exciting, thoughts of starting the new year with a clean slate is appealing. Though I’m not one for new year resolutions (which as Ramsey noted are usually short lived), I traded my resolutions for objectives.
In my opinion, an objective tends to be more tangible than a resolution, it’s something we intentionally plan for, it requires action steps to achieve. My objectives for the new year are usually thought through in October so my action steps can be laid out near the end of November.
What are you thinking about toward the end of each calendar year?
Does the end of one year greet the next with positive anticipation?
Do you begin each new year with a clear sense of direction?
Planning ahead with clarity allows you to be “all-in” enjoying the holiday season, its why I do my 4th quarter personal review in October, assessing what was “done well” and what “could be better,” allowing me to greet January with a degree of certainty. I like to hit the ground running in the new year.
Is Your Future Intentional or accidental?
Vern McLellan says, “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
I personally use the term “action plan,” it reminds me to commit my thoughts (intangible) to my calendar (tangible).
I like Edith Lovejoy Pierce’s comment on the new year, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
Beginning at Home
I begin at home; I start with clearing my desk then moving to my files (both required extra attention this year). I then index any new books not entered into my library. I agree with Ramsey that this automatically clarifies my mind, focusing on what’s important. It is like starting fresh every day.
To me, “A new year” means not bringing a previous year’s clutter with me into the new year. I prefer to consider new possibilities, probabilities, options, and opportunities without being distracted by last year’s clutter hovering over me.
Rhett Power, CEO of Accountability Inc. and Executive Coach, writes,
“Here are six critical questions to help you reflect on what you want in the coming year.
What are my goals, and what do I want in the new year?
What challenges do I anticipate facing in the new year, and how do I overcome those challenges?
What changes do I want to make in my life, and how do I make those changes?
What relationships do I want to strengthen in the new year?
How can I improve my health and well-being, and what is my plan for doing it?
How can I continue to grow and learn in the new year?” (2)
In Closing, The new year always presents us with new opportunities. Germany Kent says, “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”
(1) Ramsey Solutions https://bit.ly/32ftUKn
(2) 6 Essential Questions To Ask Yourself In The New Year by Rhett Power https://rb.gy/ahbu30
*** This article was authored by John Picarello, Chief Leadership Officer at Lions Pride Leadership Co.***