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New Year’s resolutions not working for you?

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Picking a day arbitrarily and resolving to do more of something or less of something going forward doesn’t work for me.

Plan for Lasting Change—and Happy New Year

I know many others feel the same way about setting resolutions. And of those who 41% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, only 9% are successful at keeping them do make resolutions, many give them up before the end of January. Inc. magazine has research on this: Of the 41% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, only 9% are successful at keeping them. 

I am, however, all about working toward making lasting change—in my personal life and at work.  

No Resolutions? You May Meet Your Goals 

As many of you may know, I am a big Anthony Robbins fan. He’s written books that teach lessons to help us find purpose, take control of our lives and harness forces that shape our destiny. As he sees it, not setting resolutions on New Year’s is the most reliable way to achieve your goals for the coming year.  

The reasons New Year’s resolutions fail, Robbins says, come down to one thing: your goal-setting strategy. How you make and follow through on the outcomes you want is a long-term process, not a short-term, once-a-year resolution. When you shift your mindset from making New Year’s resolutions to creating lasting change throughout your entire life, you’ll accomplish more than you ever thought possible. 

That said, in 2023 I’m going to work on: 

Leading with your whole self.

Achieving balance doesn’t mean always devoting equal attention to all parts of your life. Rather, it’s about understanding the importance of each facet and being intentional about how you prioritize your time and energy. When you bring your whole self to your role, you can more easily integrate your values into your everyday actions—and help your team do the same. 

Learning what it takes to lead virtually.

For a virtual workforce to succeed, we must not only change where we work but how we lead as well. You can adapt to leading in the new virtual landscape by learning how to: 

  • Shift your mindset 
  • Identify personal growth challenges 
  • Show up as your best self 
  • Foster collaboration virtually 

Leading your team through change.

Change is the one thing we can be certain of. Not only do leaders have to navigate change for themselves, but they also must lead their teams through change. Here’s how: 

  • Know what you want to achieve, change won’t happen unless you take action 
  • Observe the current state of your team or organization
  • Communicate your intent and why-- again and again
  • Demonstrate your personal commitment to the change
  • Offer a better vision based upon your intent
  • Reward those who move forward

Making lasting change requires deep self-reflection, overcoming limiting beliefs, and building new habits, Robbins says. Hardened resolve won’t cut it. But we can do this. All we need is a plan. And Robbins can help with this too. He suggests following this seven-step plan to achieve your goals—and to make a lasting change:  

seven-step plan to achieve your goals—and to make lasting change

I am going to follow this plan to make lasting changes in the new year. If you set resolutions or goals for yourself or your team for 2023, I wish you all the best on achieving them—and, on behalf of Genesis10’s leadership team, a very Happy New Year.