In the past week we have often encountered sentences like “New Year, new life!” welcoming 2014. It’s a tradition; but we shouldn’t really follow it!
It is very similar to a bad habit of many companies that, when something is not running smoothly, start with wide reorganizations and change management projects that often fail.
Why? Well, if we want to renew everything when there is a new year, we will not reach the momentum that big goals in our life require and that it is built with years of commitment. it would be like wishing an athlete to change sport every year: can you imagine what would have happened to Tiger Woods if he had practiced tennis, then swimming, and the following year fencing? We would have never heard of him. In a year, even if we are talented in a specific discipline, we cannot reach much.
So the best we can wish to a person and to ourselves is: New Year, old life! Which means that the direction we took and that is leading us where we want is the same, despite difficulties, crisis and mishaps. leaving everything behind and starting over does not bring us far. So:
1. If we took the wrong road and we want to change with the New Year: well ok, we can do it, but then plan 2014 carefully, so that the new road we take will be the same also the following years, in order to build something meaningful and reach the success we want.
2. If, on the other hand, we had difficulties and we met obstacles, but the direction is right, we need to look back, before starting over, to se what behaviors, attitudes and strategies we adopted in 2013 we want to keep.
Then we should analyze the mistakes we made and the hindrances we met, to understand what we can do in 2014 to overcome them and make progress.
Finally, let’s ask ourselves what are the three habits we should have in 2014 to reach the goals we set years ago.
ùThis way, at the end of the year we can say with satisfaction: “I hope next year will be like this one!”
Change artists do not change when they meet the first wall, but they are instead able to keep the same destination and their authenticity, while making their strategies flexible, to adjust them according to the situation and reach their long-term goals.