News Flash! Only about one in ten of us keep our commitments for more than a few months; most engage in serious backsliding before the groundhog looks for its shadow. While these are better odds than winning the lottery, they are still pretty dismal.
I remember one resolution I kept. I resolved to give up drinking sodas. For more than a year, not one sugary soda entered my esophagus. Confession—as sodas were not part of my routine anyway, maybe my success was too easy a layup.
I have a suggestion for improving our woeful success rates. Research tells us that we have a better chance of improving our strengths than correcting our weaknesses. Think –Shaquille O’Neal’s failure to improve his free-throw shooting.
This year, pick out something that you do well, for example: I am organized, I am respectful of my colleagues, I communicate openly, I meet deadlines, I am good with metrics—you get the idea.
Pick a couple or three and enter them into your electronic calendar. Put them on the first working day of each month. As each month emerges, score yourself: A = nailed it; B = got it, mostly; C= oops, I’ll try harder next month. I predict you will end the year with an A average.
And if you wish to lose weight, you can but that on your list also.