Let us welcome a new year! And with new years come new resolutions. I am a huge fan of setting New Year’s Resolutions. I think they can push you and your business to new levels. Whether it is a certain goal for annual sales or expanding your knowledge in an area of leadership techniques. Defining an issue you want to tackle helps to give clarity, and the arbitrary deadline of a year can give you flexibility on when you can achieve it.
Then I came across this article by Richard Feloni on Business Insider called “Harvard Psychologist: There’s A Good Chance Your New Year’s Resolution Will Do More Harm Than Good” which quoted Amy Cuddy.
If you don’t know who Amy Cuddy is, I recommend watching her famous TED talk on body language right now. It talks about the power of body language, and not just for the person that’s watching your body language. It’s one of my favorites.
From the title of the Business Insider article, you can see that the initial thrust is against resolutions. Against goal setting? But no, once you go into the meat of the article, it explains why many resolutions fail. And they are some of the same reasons we hear over and over: the resolutions deal in absolutes, framed in negativity, focused on outcome not process and reliant on outside forces.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to create S.M.A.R.T. goals. Have you not heard of smart goals? Or maybe has it been a while since you’ve visited the topic? Remember: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. These constraints or guides to creating goals and resolutions can greatly improve your chances to achieving them. They can help turn a doomed resolution of “making more sales” into “create more sales opportunities by cold calling for one hour a week.”
So don’t give up on resolutions – instead, create smart goals that you’ll be happy to celebrate next December!