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  • Are New Year Resolutions Pointless? Back

    As we wind down the year and reflect on 2016 we look at what worked and what didn’t both in business and personally. We gather up the year long data, we analyze it, and we come up some goals to help the following year play out better than the last. We call these our New Year Resolutions. Just about everyone can accept, most successful people and successful businesses are goal oriented. Goal setting is a powerful process that helps you choose where you want to go in life and what you want to achieve. They help create the future you’ve always dreamed about.

    Each New Year we create action steps to implement so we can dive into the new year with ambition & a better plan. But why on Jan 1st? We’ve been told our whole lives that these goals should be set and carried out in the new year. All too often I hear in December, “I’m starting my diet on Jan 4th”, “I’m going to start looking for a new job the 1st of next year”, “I’m going to build a better relationship with my family come January”. What does that even mean? Why not right now? Why wait?

    When asked about New Year Resolutions, serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk says it best, “Waiting miraculously until the calendar flips to make your life better is silly at best, and pisses me off at worst!”. He goes on, “Make a resolution every day of your life, because you only get one at bat!”

    I couldn’t agree more, don’t wait until tomorrow or next week or next year. Set your resolutions today, right now and set out to achieve them with a sense of urgency  & purpose. If your reading this on Jan 1st, then yes, New Year resolutions are great, but what if your reading this on December 20th or March 8th? Whether it’s about personal stuff, your job, or relationships, don’t make your resolutions a yearly tradition that everyone talks about around the water cooler. Make them your daily conviction, or as Gary states, "Make them your religion".  Happy New Year!

    Caleb
    Dec 30, 2016
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