I remember when I was younger, New Years seemed like a novel thing. It was a New Year! Something to be excited about; however, I found that there was a certain routine attitude I adopted to New Years. It had been long enough for me to realize how many resolutions I’d broken throughout the years, and that Valentines Day is made primarily to break the no sugar goals of January 1st.
This post intends to turn that around. Recently I read a book that emphasized the harm that it does to you to make and break promises to yourself. As a leader, people trust you. Each of our professions require a certain amount of trust. So for this New Years post, I want to present a challenge to you. Establishing a new habit is hard. There is urban legend that 21 days makes a habit. It may make a thought, but the research comes in around six months to lock something into our mental hard-drive. What habit can you think of that would benefit you? Not just for six months, but for the rest of your life? That’s a pretty powerful question. This week I want you to ponder what habit you will commit to for six months.
Unfortunatly the promises we make to ourselves, often times become the promises that are most easily broken. Why? Because in our mind they only affect us. We are much slower to break promises to our loved ones, co- workers, and bosses, because they have expectations of us which will have negative repercussions if not kept. If I’m right, the majority of us are in this same boat. Keeping promises to others and breaking them to ourselves. If this is not the case with you, and you have kept every promise of a goal you have ever made with yourself, than I invite you to delete this email and congratulate yourself. That’s an almost inhuman feat.
For the rest of us, I want us to start keeping our promises, starting with the promise you will make to yourself this week of what you will do for the next six months that could have life-long impact and potential if kept.