DO NOT make New Year’s Resolutions!

do not make new year's resolutions

Yes, you heard me correctly. DO NOT MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!

Why? When was the last time you made one and held to it? It’s a dream made in a time of moment making. It’s the classic definition of insanity. Doing something over and over again expecting a different result.

Here’s another reason. New Year’s Resolutions are short-term goals. We entrepreneurs are playing a long-term game.

What does that mean? 

Short term goals are outcome-oriented goals. Somewhat of a quick fix scenario. Whereas long-term goals are about strategy. Working towards the end game. The major destination or journey you want to create.

Think about it like the difference between checkers and chess. (Keep in mind I’m not an expert in either but I know enough to understand the games) 

When you play checkers, there is not much strategy other than to avoid having your players “taken” by your opponent jumping over them. And of course, you need to think a bit ahead about how to win the game. It’s a very easy game to learn and it is over relatively quickly.

When you play chess, the same basics apply, but it’s harder to learn and takes longer to play. Why? Because there are multiple strategies and ways to win. You have to keep thinking many, many steps ahead of your opponent. It requires you to think both short term (immediate actions) and long-term (actions after the immediate actions).

What can you do instead? 

Firstly let’s get back to the core message, don’t make any new year’s resolutions. New year’s resolutions are playing the short game, checkers if you will. It’s about an outcome related action. For example, to lose 20 pounds by January 31. Think instead of a behavioral effort that plays a longer game. For example, based on the principle that the later you eat the more weight you keep on, say something like, I will not eat anything after 8 pm January to March, then after 7 pm from then on. 

Do you see the difference? One is short-term the other is long-term.

As entrepreneurs, despite what we would like to happen (immediate returns) we know we are in this for the long-term. To make a change in the world, to help people, to be of service. It’s a chess game that has many short-term and many long-term goals.

So let’s take a stab at some behaviors that will support a long-term impact.

Here’s one of mine. Continue to create valuable blogs and post weekly, share it with my community via email and Facebook (short-term actions) to continue to nurture my audience by giving them value and help them to be successful in their business and their life (long-term behaviors/journey). 

What is your NON-New Year’s Resolution?

Maybe it’s business-related? Maybe personal? In a recent post, I wrote about creating time for what really matters. This is what we entrepreneurs went into business for. To know and support what really matters. 

Take some time this New Year’s and do not make new year’s resolutions. Think long-term. What are the behaviors to which you can commit?

Here’s a great idea. Make a commitment to…hire a coach. Someone to support you, listen to you, and to be accountable to.

Let us know how it’s going here or in our Facebook community.

2 thoughts on “DO NOT make New Year’s Resolutions!”

  1. I don’t usually make resolutions. However, a few years ago while vacationing in Mexico, I got thinking about the New Year. I hated the gym I was going to, so I decided when I went back, I was going to make a change to a new one.
    My second was, ever since I was a young boy I always wanted to learn to play the piano. As soon as I returned, I found a teacher and started taking lessons. That was 15-16 years ago and I am still taking lessons and living that I kept that resolution.

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