Dear God, my prayer for 2013 is a fat bank account and a thin body. Please don’t mix these up like you did this year.
It’s January 1st, 2013. The start of a new year and the time when most people make New Year’s Resolutions. Many are typical: lose weight, exercise more, read more, stop beating the wife (just kidding). Some make a long list of improvements for the coming year, some a short list with just two or three important desires. For those of you with a mind for data, here is a link to some New Year’s Resolution statistics.
As you would imagine, the Top 10 list includes:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Stay fit and healthy
- Learn something new
- Quit smoking
- Help others achieve their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
Great improvement objectives. But sadly, almost all New Year’s Resolutions get abandoned and forgotten as the routines and habits of our lives take over. After one month, 64% of New Year Resolutions are abandoned (I am definitely above the national average on that one).
This year I am taking a different approach. Before making my New Year Resolutions, I have decided to look back at 2012 and ask myself the following question:
Which of my 2012 New Year Resolutions did I NOT accomplish, and importantly, WHY NOT?
The way I see it, if I can determine WHY I failed at a 2012 New Year Resolution and what is it about me that contributed to this failure, then I can perhaps avoid making the same mistakes in 2013. I’m using the 5-Why principle here, keeping asking the question WHY until I reach the real root cause of my failure.
Was I not serious? Did I fail to organise my daily routine to succeed? Did I rationalize away my objective (I’m not that fat…I look good with a bit of meat on me!).
Somewhere, but looking backward, I am confident I can go forward into 2013 with a set of New Year Resolutions and the wisdom to accomplish them.
I did, however, accomplish one of my key 2012 New Year Resolutions: Writing and publishing a business book – FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution. I have printed copies being mailed to past and current clients and soon you will be able to find it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
I’ll not talk about all my failed 2012 resolutions. But I am determined to make 2013 better than 2012. How about you?
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress