Every New Year is a fresh start and 2017 is no exception. As we face the year ahead, it is common to do a review of the previous year – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We tend to enjoy celebrating and reflecting on the good; but it is equally important to address the bad and the ugly. And – yes, for many that means making New Year's resolutions. Do resolutions really matter and do they work?
Forbes recently reported that only 8% of New Year's resolutions are achieved, equating to a whopping 92% failure rate. With a personal mantra of, "failure is not an option," this statistic troubled me. After thinking it through, I concluded that being resolute (always) vs. making resolutions (at the beginning of the year) proves to be a better framework for ongoing success.
For all good intents and purposes, a resolution is merely a statement of a goal if it lacks a plan and accountability for achievement. It is easy to declare I am "going to" and hard to actually deliver and do it. Being resolute, on the other hand, has teeth! It is who you are, what you are made of - full of passion, purpose and determination; demonstrated behavioral patterns with grit; a refusal to give up even after failing time after time.
If you need further proof of my conclusion, consider a few famous people who were driven to success because they were resolute despite multiple failures.
So, at the start of this New Year I encourage you to ponder 2017 – what it may become based on how resolute you will be; AND, I leave you with some inspiring words from my favorite Doctor (Seuss that is).
"It's not about what it is it's about what it can become. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
Wishing you the best in 2017,
John C. Spier