I’ve heard five things recently about New Year’s resolutions that might make them easier to keep:
- Don’t make so many. Bob Mulligan, senior consultant with Dairy Strategies, says to just make one.
- Make the resolution tiny – real tiny, advises Oliver Burkeman, a columnist for The Guardian and the author of “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.” Like, resolve to exercise for 15 seconds. Or commit to having mediocre day at work – one where you perform at 60% at best. It’s fun to succeed!
- Make resolutions year round. This goes along with making resolutions tiny. If you can exercise for 15 seconds maybe you can exercise for 20 seconds next time. If you can have a 60% day at work. Maybe you can have a 75% day next time. You’ll probably find yourself easily exceeding your goal.
- Make resolutions about your behavior, not your goal. In the early years of his career, comic Jerry Seinfield didn’t resolve to become a TV star. He resolved to spend some time every day writing jokes. On a wall calendar he marked an “X” for each day he did it. Pretty soon, he was trying to make sure that he didn’t break the chain of ”X’s” he had created.
- Make resolutions fun. Have you seen the TV ad where the kid says he’s going to resolve to eat more jelly beans? That’s my kind of resolution!
The best business related resolution I’ve heard from a farmer is that he resolved to talk to a different farmer every week. The farmer would go to a meeting or pick up a phone and call someone he had heard or read about. They’d talk about crop and livestock production and financial management. Most everyone he called or met was more than willing to visit, he said.
So what’s your New Year’s resolution this year? I hope this helps you keep it.