Let me begin by stating that I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions because, aside from making excellent pavement for the road to hell, they rarely stick. Around this time of year, I begin to see new faces at the gym. Overweight and out of shape, these “Resolutionaries” have the best intentions but are usually gone by mid-February. And why is that?
Because the choppy waters of life that come with the holidays begin to calm by then and normalcy returns. It’s no longer necessary to fit into that holiday tux, nor is there pie at every gathering calling your name and tempting you. Those extra pounds have now settled in for the ride and regular life begins to move on.
Much like staying in shape, the activities that lead to success must be ingrained into our lifestyles both at work and at home. My previous blog was about the need to create YOUR process (routine), so I’ll not repeat myself here. Instead I’d like for you to look at the New Year as if it were turning to page one of a new chapter in the book of your life.
Reflect on the previous chapter (year), and make a list of what worked best and what didn’t. List what you need to do more of, as well as what you need to stop doing. You might be surprised how many of the items you need to do more of were one-offs, meaning you now need to figure out how to incorporate them into your routine. Same goes for the stop doing list; you need to figure out just how to remove those items from your process.
In either case, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Going back to the gym scenario: After the first two weeks you begin to feel great with more energy, and your clothes are fitting better…all a big win right? Then why do most stop? Because getting in shape was attacked like a project and not an addition to their lifestyle and routine. With a goal of the holidays in mind, they didn’t envision the long-term impact of 60-90 minutes a day being devoted to a foreign activity. Sure, anyone can do it for a few weeks…but forever? Hell no, we have other things to do.
It’s the same with our business routines. When making those changes, either good or bad (especially good), take into account the residual effect of that change. How will it affect the other parts of your routine? Can you consistently devote that particular time slot to this activity going forward? Is this something you really want to do? Because at the end of the day, we all find time to do the things we want to do and rationalize away those we don’t.
Rather than think in terms of bold resolutions made over toasts of eggnog and whisky, think in terms of evolution. How does my routine need to change in order for me to stay on track? What one or two alterations do I need to incorporate that will ensure my success? The great Peter Drucker once wrote that “Size does not equal significance,” meaning keeping things simple and small is OK as the residual effect over time becomes great.
Now it’s simply a matter of doing it.
D – The Biker Guy
As always – These are my thoughts, I could be wrong. So, if you disagree or simply want to pile on, please do so. I look forward to the conversation.