I love learning about people’s New Year’s resolutions. The enthusiasm that comes with the New Year is contagious. And there is this major surge in willpower to take on new challenges. The problem shows up one month later. There is a massive drop-off in the number of people actually doing anything about their resolutions. This applies to commitments big and small. The question is which 4 powers are essential to keep your New Year’s resolution.
2)Clarity: Be clear with your purpose with yourself and others. Yes, your purpose can change. Make a pivot. Then make your new direction clear for others. Clarity enables others to help you.
3)Community: Cultivate and call on a collaborative community. Who we are connected with makes a major impact on our choices, big and small. A great read on this topic is Connected by Harvard professor Nicholas Christakis andJames Fowler of University of California, San Diego.
4)Consistency: Build good habits and slay bad ones. If you want change, then you need to fuel the habits that get you there and remove the ones that hold you back. A brilliant work on this issue is The Power of Habit by Pulitzer Prize winning author Charles Duhigg. Another great resources is Stanford professorB J Fogg.
Starting Your Resolution
If you are missing any of these four powers, then make it your New Year’s resolution to get them. Start with concentration and clarity, then advance with community and consistency.
Inspired by Michael Lindenmayer