Funny how, once a year, we feel compelled to sit down and grind out a list of “Here’s what I’m going to do better or differently in the New Year” that will very likely be either forgotten or ignored in less than a month.
As the Beatles famously sang back when I was some 10 years older than most of my undergrad public relations students at Curry College, I’m all set to start a “Revolution” in response to this resolution mania.
How about this? Why not just take stock of where you are in life…in school…at home…and either take steps to improve the situation if it’s not so great or smile and contentedly pat yourself on the back if everything’s the way you want it?
Now before you start making mental snowballs and throwing them at me (mentally, I hope!), rest assured that I understand the intent behind the custom of resolution-making.
But why just once a year?
My paltry half-century-plus-plus lifetime of experiences tells me that “stuff” happens all the time…usually when you least expect it…that throws a major monkey wrench into carefully laid plans, and we find ourselves back at the ol’ drawing board revamping them.
So here’s a thought, offered here as I sit and watch the sky get ominously darker and darker as yet another freezing spell rambles into New England…quit “resolving” to do things better or stop doing things or whatever, and set achievable, measurable, time-driven goals that you can track daily, weekly, monthly…until they are reached.
It works for successful businesses. It works for those of us who provide public relations services for clients or employers.
It can work for you.
And, to close on an incredibly cheery note as written “To a Mouse” by that amazing Scots poet Robert Burns in 1785, bear in mind that…
“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!”