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Put the New into the New Year

Planting 123rf.com_43790027_sWe are now well into the new year. As the days pass and you settle back into your routine, you may find yourself struggling to keep your resolutions. You may even already have broken them. Certainly all the promise of New Year is likely to have lost its lustre.

This a very human phenomenon.  At its core is humankind’s love of all things new. But, by definition, newness doesn’t last long. And, as the newness wears off, so does our interest and enthusiasm. We become bored and blasé. New Year perhaps epitomises this more than anything. But, is it a valid example?  

When you think about it, New Year doesn’t really offer anything that is new to begin with. Apart from what you might call “the convention of the calendar”, nothing after midnight is any different from the way it was before midnight. So, while the clock chimes provide an occasion for celebration, reflection and renewal, the whole process fundamentally ends up being a glorious exercise in mass self-deception. As such, the odds are strong that the results are always going to be disappointing. After all, if there is nothing new, the duration of the “new” is inevitably likely to be shorter than if there was.

 

That is not to say that the exercise is pointless. Taking stock and setting new goals is wisdom and – arguably – contributes most to human progress. But, you need to recognise it as such. You need to stop simply going through the motions and setting yourself up for failure, and instead ensure that you bring something new to the New Year.  

Accept the year for what it ought to be – a convenient milestone for measuring your personal progress. This requires you to:

  • Delineate what you want – and expect – to achieve over the next 365 days;
  • Identify what you need to do to make that happen;
  • Put a plan in place to ensure you take the necessary steps to make it happen;
  • Follow the plan and make appropriate adjustments along the way.

Then, at the end of the year, you can properly assess your results and measure your degree of success. This is a multi-step process that entails:

  • Celebrating the extent to which you have achieved or exceeded your goals;
  • Realistically and honestly identifying where you fell short;
  • Identifying what you need to do to ensure better results in the coming year;
  • What you learned in the process – particularly from your missed goals;
  • Repeating the four planning steps for the coming year to ensure that you continue to progress.

2017 123rf.com_64882006_sThis is the only way that you that you can realistically bring the element of “new” to the New Year and so end the depressing resolution-as-a-wish-list process that, almost inevitably, leads to disappointment.  Ensure you have a  New Year to remember.  

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If you like what you have read contact me today to discuss how my ‘Every Individual Matters’ Model could provide the catalyst to help you create a culture in which everyone cares and the business becomes our business, embedding improvement that transforms – and sustains – organic business performance.

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Bay Jordan

Bay is the founder and director of Zealise, and the creator of the ‘Every Individual Matters’ organisational culture model that helps transform organisational performance and bottom-line results. Bay is also the author of several books, including “Lean Organisations Need FAT People” and “The 7 Deadly Toxins of Employee Engagement” and, more recently, The Democracy Delusion: How to Restore True Democracy and Stop Being Duped.

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