I’m writing this on the third of January 2022. According to 2020 research by Strava, 21% of the UK population made a New Year’s resolution last year. Nearly 14 million people. And nearly 6 million had failed them by Sunday 19 January. The day they labelled National Quitter’s Day.
There are usually 2 opposing camps when it comes to New Years Resolutions. Let’s start with the Optimists:
“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”Oprah Winfrey
“In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year. Let’s make it ours.”Beyonce
“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.”Dr Seuss
Or how about the downright Cynical:
“New Year’s Day – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”Mark Twain
“You know how I always dread the whole year? Well this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.”Charlie Brown
“May the New Year bring you the courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall. “Aleister Crowley
So, as a planner, what’s my take on New Year’s Resolutions?
Well to start with, a resolution might be a plan. For example, the plan to lose that pesky extra 2 stone in weight to be beach ready, just in time for the next pandemic lock-down. (And if by some amazing chance you happen to be reading this blog many years from now, look up ‘Global Pandemic 2020-20xx’ in your history files because I sincerely hope lockdowns will indeed be consigned to history soon!)
But a resolution might also be a habit that could lead to a plan – I stop burning the candle at both ends and start to get more than 5 hours sleep a night so that I can actually function on a daily basis.
It all depends on how you frame it.
As a planner, I have to confess there’s something quite satisfying about a planning cycle that starts are the beginning of the year and rolls out, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and end neatly at the end of the year……But life as a rule isn’t neat. It’s messy, convoluted, exciting, scary and unpredictable at times.
That’s actually ok!!!
No-one says that the plan you start the year with is the plan you end the year with. As I have said many times, the best plans are dog-eared, covered in coffee stains with loads of crossings out and notes in the margins. They live, they breathe, they evolve. But they are written down!
It’s the act of going through a planning process that has value. And that can start on any day of the year. If you’ve already failed your New Year’s Resolution to start 2022 with a Business Plan, why not see how I might be able to help? Please get in touch. What have you got to lose?