My New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t have any.

When I started writing about goals, metrics, techniques, and planning a couple of weeks ago, I was completely oblivious to the date.    Of course — this being a New Year – everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions.

Since it is now the 5th of January, I suspect that 80% of resolutions that people have made have already been broken. I find New Year’s resolutions to be counter-productive.    Most are self-delusional. “I’m going to wake up in the morning and be a new man!” It rarely works.    If it does work for someone, you can be sure the media will be sure to find and parade this person across our screens to make us feel guilty – or Nutrisystem will put them in a commercial. Incidentally, I hear January is the biggest month for health club memberships.

There is a correct time to implement goals, and it is rarely after a late-night party.

I have seen many methods for writing, documenting, tracking, statusing, updating, and completing goals.   You can use notebooks, IPhones, and computer programs to track your goals.    Whole books and methods (Stephen Covey comes to mind) to scientifically apply yourself and achieve goal nirvana.  I work projects involving hundreds of people.  The details of some of these goal tracking systems are the same as those we use for our huge projects – except that they are just applied to one person.  While this sounds promising, they involve a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment.  If you aren’t they type of person who wakes up each day and pulls out your ‘to-do’ list, and then goes through the same list before you go to bed, I wouldn’t suggest you try the more detailed methods.  It won’t be helpful, it will just be a chore. Start simply, and take simple steps.

I’ll leave you with one more article. I’m always excited to learn new quotes, and this one gave me: “We’ve come this far, let’s not ruin it by thinking.” – Classic.  Enjoy Clint Eastwood in Esquire magazine.

Happy New Year!

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