New Year’s resolutions 2010 – Dec 31st – do deadlines work?
Dec 31, Toronto, Ontario: D-day. Have you completed all or some of your 2009 resolutions? Have you made progress? And perhaps a back-door: do you allow yourself to carry them forward?
Well, my personal answer to all is “yes” – and that is why I make resolutions.
The process works for me – the focusing on ‘what do I need to do this year’, both personally and professionally, as well as tracking the progress. In fact, really it is the sense of progress that really motivates, not always the deadline. The personal truth is that if I don’t complete the whole list, it’s okay. What is important, directionally, to be making progress at a feasible pace. The professional truth is somewhat more ruthless – dollars don’t lie. However, there are always extenuating circumstances to be weighed in – and over all, it was a good year.
Perhaps equally interesting: have you prepared your 2010 resolutions? I am working on it. In this I am very deadline-driven. My mind will focus at roughly 11:59pm Dec 31st. Sound familiar? And if it doesn’t, the process is a journey – I allow myself to add only.
And, by the way, this process intuitively leverages many of the best practices of classic change management – it works when we work it.
And, if you’d like to participate in a survey, just for fun, to see how many of us set New Year’s Resolutions have a look here: http://polls.linkedin.com/p/71161/wfern .
In the journey, all the very best to you and yours in 2010. My favorite wish for you – a variation of the traditional Irish toast:
“May the wind always be on your back, the sun upon your face and may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”
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