GETTING READY FOR A GREAT 2018? RESOLVE THIS, NOT THAT - PART 1

 CLARIFY MORE THAN RESULTS - DEFINE THE DELIBERATE PRACTICES

CLARIFY MORE THAN RESULTS - DEFINE THE DELIBERATE PRACTICES

It’s that time of year again and yes, New Year’s Resolutions can still be a thing. If you want to leverage the opportunity that a new-year-as-new-beginning represents, how about we start with a few shifts in your goal setting strategy?

In this first of three articles, I’ll start to address what I’ve observed over 7 years of organizing business owners - the critical mindset elements that can make or break success.

SO, WHAT’S A RESOLUTION?

Whether your “resolutions” are personal or business related, they are all a declaration of your intention to change... Something.  That something is usually thought of as an "ultimate result." And that's exactly the kind of broad-brush thinking that can make it hard to achieve.

If you want lasting change, make it about the process, the journey and the learning instead.

Some higher-level thinking is in order, or Meta-Thinking. The first and most incisive change is this:

RESOLVE TO DO THIS: DESIGN DELIBERATE PRACTICES

In his great book on what it takes to be, well, great at something - titled “Talent Is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin, he outlines the 5 factors that separate the best from the rest. The top factor (across musicians, chess players, athletes, etc.) is that of devising a practice that deliberately elevates a specific skill set (or improves a specific problem area).

  • For each change you want to actualize in 2018, what specific, deliberate practice will be needed to make it happen? Be precise, grasshopper. This means identifying the end game, whether it’s losing 10 pounds or gaining 10 clients. Exactly what routines need to be scheduled and implemented?

It also means exploring the real ‘source’ of what doesn’t work in your current set of practices. Need to get up earlier? Look at your bed time practices. Want to improve your networking skills? Call some people you know who are good at it and find out how they do the things you feel weakest at – anything from breaking the ice to following up.

  • TIP: Connect recurring practices (like meal planning or regular sales calls or content creation) to something you are already reliable at – anchor it to another habit that you consistently do.

  • Have a buddy or a coach – We, us, people, are not great at making changes without external accountability or support. Number two on the Talent Is Overrated list? Getting regular feedback. So just go with it.

Consider this:  Change is learning.  Learning is adaptive, not a pixie-dust-induced overnight phenomenon.

Mistakes will be made, obstacles will surprise you, and you’ll forget the ‘new you’ practices from time to time. Endurance ain’t just for climbing Mt. Everest.

Be inspired by this: Becoming reliable at even the smallest improvement can be a total game changer.

Next up: RESOLVE TO DO THIS: EMBRACE TRADE OFFS