Tuesday, December 15, 2009


This time of year I get asked if I've made any New Year's Resolutions.

I answer "No!"

I figure that the word resolution means a re-solution, another look at the solution.

That means I already know the solution, but I haven't implemented it.

November is a good time to say "My New Year's Resolution is to eat more fruit (bran, greens, etc,)"; or exercise each day, whatever.

But if eating fruit is going to be good for me next January, why wouldn't it be good for me this November? Likewise a 30-minute walk three times a week? Or quitting smoking? Or talking with newcomers? Or getting to more networking meetings? Or taking my mentors' advice.

If today I know the solution, today is probably a good time to start putting it into effect. It's not too late in the day to write a business plan.

A resolution is a convenient way of putting off the action until tomorrow; that's procrastination.

My mentor tells me that's deadly.

What are your New Year's Resolutions, and would your life have been better if you'd implemented them last May?

1 comment:

Promod Sharma said...

Well put, Chris. I make changes continually since that is a better habit than waiting.

For marketing reasons, I may wait to launch an initiative.