So over the last few days i have read several articles regarding new year resolutions. There is a general belief at least based on what i read that people write new year resolutions, goals or objectives that they never see through to completion. Infact two different people mentioned that the energy to follow through fizzles out by second week of January and if you are a bit more determined by February.
So i have made the conclusion that i am one of the old fashioned “outliers” that really believe in writting down my goals for the year. My sincere belief is that it is only through delivering on a day to day basis that the yearly and life plan will be delivered.
I work for a multinational organisation that turns 150 years old in 2016. And i can tell you this organisation will still be around for another 150 years. I have learnt and seen the power of planning and executing well from this organisation. Infact planning for a new year where i work is not done in December. It starts as early as May and is complete by October. This is something i also started doing personally years back. Initially i had a long list that i reviewed monthly and always ticked off on a monthly basis. I was teary a few days back as i was looking at my journal and saw some of the early posts written in 2004 with entries such as get a driver’s licence, buy a stand….etc. I was able to accomplish those goals in my specified time period and i guess that is what encouraged me to keep doing it. There were also those plans that i did not manage to accomplish. That does not discourage me. I use it at as a learning to see how best to improve things.
I don’t believe that just because one has failed to deliver on their resolutions in the past means that this process should be done away with. A better way is to interrogate why the energy to follow through fizzles out as the days and weeks go by. One way that i found to be effective to ensure i deliver on what i set out to deliver is to have a few select people that i share my plans/ resolutions with and become accountable to. They check on me and my progress every so often and because i do this for me and not anyone else i am equally committed to the process.
So what have you resolved in 2016 for your career, family, business, health, education and …….? Do not be intimadated. Start somewhere and do not be discouraged.
I wish you every success on your career journey in 2016 and look forward to your feedback.