Dan   |  Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thought for the week: Resolutions, resolutions, resolutions...

According to some statistics on the Internet, it seems that less than 50% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick to them and are able to accomplish the goals they set for themselves.

Some sources indicate that only 20% of the promises we make to ourselves actually come true. Why is that? Are we really that undisciplined? How can it be that 80% of us can’t follow-through on our goals to “stop smoking… exercise 3 days a week… get up at 5:30 am to have a quiet time… spend more time with friends… get out of debt… and stop spending so much time in front of the computer”?

I think the main reason we “fail” is not because we are weak. It’s not because we set our expectations too high. And surely it’s not because “getting up early is just too hard.” I think we fail because we rely too much on ourselves to accomplish the goals we set. Willpower is almost always not enough.

We have to seek the help and guidance and encouragement of others as we fight to be better, get stronger, be more disciplined and create the positive change we seek for ourselves.

I’m paraphrasing here, but some people think that becoming a strong leader is like trying to cross the ocean in a rowboat: try, try, try! Others see it as a raft: drift alone until you make it. But successful leaders view the journey more like the captain of a sailboat, relying on their skill and know-how, but knowing all along that the wind (help from outside sources) is the force that will get them to their destination.

It’s true that strong leaders must “plan their work and then work their plan,” but it’s equally as important that we not rely solely on our own disciplines to get us where we want to go. 

So, go ahead and make those resolutions. Set those goals. Put a plan in place to succeed… and then find the wind that can help move you in the right direction.

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