Simple Wisdom Tip #30: Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

As January arrives, many people craft some New Year’s Resolutions.  But, the large majority of us don’t follow through on them.  In his fascinating book, The Way We’re Working is Not Working, author Tony Schwartz asserts that 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week, 60% within six months.  The average person makes the same resolution 10 separate times without success.  Can you believe that?

Here’s my alternative.  Create a series of clear, measureable, written objectives for 2014.  Then, break them into various subparts and assign those to specific months throughout the year (i.e., when you’ll actually accomplish those parts).  Finally, refer to them as you do your weekly and daily planning throughout the year.  Those who follow this (or a similar) approach have a much, much higher rate of success.  Why not you?

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