Why you shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions

Calvin & Hobbes comic by Bill WattersonResolving to do something different isn’t just a year-end activity. It should be an everyday thing or an every week thing or an as-needed event.

If something is not going well, why wait to resolve to change your ways?

Start right away by taking these three steps:

  1. Figure out what the problem is.
  2. Decide on the best steps to take to succeed.
  3. Follow the steps.

Sounds easy, I know. But these three simple steps are the key to change in your business life and personal life.

Business example: E-mail marketing

E-mail marketing is a great example of why you shouldn’t wait. You send out e-mails and you get a very low response rate. What do you do? Do you wait until next year to change things? No.

You don’t even wait until next week to change things. You review the analytics and test and try and figure out what the problem is. Based on your findings, you decide what changes to make. You make the changes and try again.

Technology of today allows us to react much more quickly to all sorts of business problems. Gathering needed information takes hours or days instead of weeks and months.

You almost have no excuse not to react quickly. The same is true in your personal life.

Personal life example: Losing weight

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Why do so many people get off track? Because they get stuck on step one. They don’t take time to figure out why they’re overweight. Eating too much is often the symptom, not the problem.

Resources are at your fingertips. Call your doctor or go online to the thousands of sites that focus on weight loss and better health.

The details are different for each person and each problem. In fact, the details could be quite complex in some cases, but the steps you must take to change are still simple. Figure out why you are overweight. List steps you can take to change. Start following the steps.

Resolve this

You might need help figuring out the real source of the problem—in personal problems and business problems.

So, if you insist on making a new year’s resolution, resolve to surround yourself with good support teams—in both worlds. And resolve to make resolutions more frequently.


Did you know that the government offers help for popular New Year’s resolutions? See what I mean about technology? Help is always just a few clicks away. (In case you don’t recognize, the photo is from Bill Watterson’s comic strip, Calvin & Hobbes.)


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