Good morning and Happy New Year.
It was great to take a few weeks away and really clear my mind before heading into 2016. And as we turn the corner, the conversation immediately shifts to resolutions. As we have written about on this blog, I am learning to be less a fan of resolutions and more a fan of building new habits (http://www.5for5blog.com/5-for-5-blog-making-new-changes-stick-part-3-building-habits/).
The world needs leaders. Leaders who will develop solutions to problems that may not have even emerged yet. To do that, we need to be constantly growing our knowledge and reevaluating our habits that will enable us to rise to the occasion when needed. The world is changing fast, and we need to be evaluating how we can grow all the time, but especially now. Happy “Same” Year has never been uttered by anyone. We have a wonderful opportunities to build NEW habits and acquire NEW knowledge in skills, if we can commit to it. Here are a few idea, along with the 5 for 5 articles, on how you can start building NEW habits and knowledge:
- Start small.
- The idea that if we don’t drop 10 pounds in the first week that we will fall off the wagon is terrible. There is a reason that 30 day squat challenges, or 30 day eating challenges start small…..it is not only to give you a base to build on, but so that you can see the small wins by keeping up with the challenges. I love the idea shared at the Willow Creek Associations Global Leadership Summit: “Can you commit to get 5% better?” Anyone can get 5% better, right?
- Plan to stick with it.
- Here in lies the reason you need to focus on what you are doing as habit building and not resolution box checking. Building habits takes time. Yes, you will likely fail or cheat or something that could cause you to doubt yourself. But by starting small and sticking with it, you can out last the millions of people that will quit going to the gym by the third week of January. One of the 5 for 5 articles below has ideas on this and it challenges us to plan for what could knock us off course, which allows us to anticipate and ideally avoid obstacles.
- Focus on how you can use it to help others.
- This to me could be the cornerstone, don’t make the changes just for yourself. How will your effort make a difference for someone else? Will your effort pay off because you can help someone else’s world be a little better. Will your change help enable someone you care about to also make a change. Having a partner on the journey is powerful.
Good luck as you start planning how you will grow this year. We need you to grow. Help show us the way!
(By the way, so I don’t come across as coaching only. The habit I will be building on is making connections. Both in my work and personal life I have not done a good job of reaching out to people to connect to build or even grow relationships. Just wanted you to know…..I plan on growing too…)
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
Questions and Resolutions – by Warren Berger – via www.amorebeautifulquestion.com
- SO WHAT: Great idea to use “WHY”, “WHAT IF”, and “HOW” questions to help challenge the resolutions you are looking at.
8 Ways to Make Your New Habits Stick Around Forever (and Ever) – by Jonathon Alpert – via The Muse
- SO WHAT: More great ideas. Check out #2 – What might stop you?
The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick – by James Clear – via www.jamesclear.com
- SO WHAT: One of the best things I read all week. While a little longer than the norm, this post really helps you understand the need to focus on building habits, not resolutions.
Top 10 Leadership Strategies for the New Year – by Mark Sanborn – via www.marksanborn.com
- SO WHAT: One of the best things I read all week. #5 is critical. Busy does not equal movement or impact.
The One Thing I Do at the Beginning of Each Year – by Tim Elmore – via growingleaders.com
- SO WHAT: A great list of questions that you can apply to your own planning around new habits. The goal is to be better than we were the year before.
All the best,