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Resolutions

Posted by bhoo on November 30, 2007

Resolutions:

I know the power of symbolism and the power of tracking annual goals.  Resolutions, particularly during the new year can be a powerful tool for personal improvement and meeting personal goals.

Companies have financial years and quarters of accounting to measure progress.  On a personal front, new year certainly provides for a very perceptible way to set goals and measure progress against.  But, on a personal front, there is no easy mechanism to track – like – a company may have annual sales or growth goals – but – it will typically have it written and baselined somewhere, communicate to a larger set of stakeholders, and also track it quarter by quarter.  It becomes too difficult to do these things for an individual in a personal level.

The other aspect is the continuity of perseverance.  The vigor you feel when you make the resolutions during the beginning of the year, typically looses steam through the year. 

In my opinion – the only way resolutions can be effective is if you do all of these things:

— Prepare a medium that you will keep for several years where you can record the goals or resolutions for each year and monitor progress at the end of each year.

— Communicate it wide, to friends and family – the stakeholders who will give you gentle and encouraging reminders rather than the “non-believers” who will say – “I do not think you can do it this year!”.

— Break-it up into smaller goals every quarter of the year, and set-up weekly goals for seeing progress.  As an example – If you are quitting smoking – and if it is abrupt – weekly progress will be “1 week since I smoked”, “2 weeks since I smoked” and so on…If you are looking at gradual process – Keep a weekly goal again – I am smoking 140 cigarettes a week, and I will reduce it to 120, 100, 80, 60, 40, 20, 0 over the next 7 months as an example and keep a weekly record.

Of course, exceptions prove the rule, and I know of friends who use resolutions as a tool without doing any of these things.

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4 Responses to “Resolutions”

  1. SRINIVASANR said

    HUMAN BRAINS WORK DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION AND OPPORTUNITY PREVAILS AROUND THEM. AS LONG AS DEFENCE MECHANISM IS THE BEST TOOL AVAILABLE IN INDIVIDUAL’S HANDS, NO POSITIVE RESULTS CAN BE COMPARED ON ANY RESOLUTIONS TAKEN DURING EVERY NEW YEAR. WHY TO CHOOSE A NEW YEAR? EVERY DAY IS NEW DAY. WHY TO GET INTO BAD HABITS AND TRY TO TAKE RESOLUTIONS? BHOO IS A POSITIVE THINKER AND APPRECIATE EVERY ACTION IRRESPECTIVE OF EVEN THE WORST ACTIONS TAKEN PLACE.THAT IS THE BEST RESOLUTION ONE SHOULD ADOPT EVERY DAY
    SURESH

  2. Satish Raman said

    Bhoo…

    I believe that our attitude toward time has an enormous impact on our behavior and our choices. I have seen people who take the long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities.

    Having a clear idea of what is really important to you or your family in the long-term makes it much easier for you to make better decisions about your present priorities.

    On Smoking example… I quit smoking after spending 15 plus hazy years and hence I think I can assume a ‘person who has seen it all, smoked it all and quit it all’attitude and give some gyan.

    I think, quitting should be like drop the cigaretter in the middle of your drag and say – done with it – off for the rest of my life. That is quitting and that works. It worked for me. I have tried the slow process in the past several times and failed at it miserably. (Doctors advice the slow process if you are a chronic smoker. But I have seen those guys huffing and puffing in a matter of time … well away from the caring souls.)

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Psychoanalyst.

  4. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Immeasurability.

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