Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Yesterday, we passed the first half of February. A perfect time to check-in with ourselves and see what we have been doing with our New Years resolutions.

If we are cut from the same trees as the average person, most of us will by now have abandoned our plans or struggling to keep them going.

Time to invigorate!

1. Focus

What was your New Year’s Resolution? Stopping with smoking? More physical workout? Being more friendly or helpful to your family? Finding a new job? Create an internal image of how the outcome would look like. Make it beautiful.

2. Workplan

What are the steps you have taken over the last six weeks to work towards this goal? Did you tell everyone that you stopped smoking. Did you ask them to remind you friendly about your goal? Did you ask them to not smoke in your house? Did you engage some friends to start sporting with you. Did you sign up for a sport school? List all the things you have done and things you thought about doing.

3. Evaluation (Don’t give up!)

This is about the place where people stop. Instead of checking in after a bit to see how their plan has worked, they judge themselves for not having started or doing “it” half, that they never evaluate the plan in place.

Evaluation is insight. Evaluation is change.

Most plans do not work without making adjustments to it. People making a business plan refine that plan hundreds or more likely thousands of time. People working towards breaking their personal PR’s refine their strategies depending on the trainings from that week or even that morning. Too stiff to run, from now on more stretching into your program.

Be honest.

Look at your Work plan in step two and evaluate how it worked. Which steps were easy to implement? Which were harder than expected? Did you try all the possibilities to make your plan work? If not, why not? Don’t be afraid to admit that you do not really stand behind your goal. It’s easier to set a new goal than convincing yourself you really want something you don’t want!

4. Refocus

Ok. I only have another two minutes left before I have to leave for work, so here very quickly the last step:

Change your plan.

Decide to your goal. It could be the goal you had before, an adjusted version, or a totally new goal. I don’t want to stop smoking, I want to smoke only five cigarettes a day.

Then make a step by step plan that is five times more detailed than the first one you had. I am going to..... If not I will... I ask help from... etc. Make it as detailed as you think needed to really feel solid about starting and keeping going.

5. Start.

Do it. Go for it. Work at it. Then after a couple of weeks, come back to this place and re-evaluate.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Iris,
    It's a great time for a little reminder on breathing new life into withering resolutions.

    A couple of things that occurred to me:
    First, one of the things that I do is to create thousands of micro goals that lead up to the macro-goal. The micro goals provide lots of opportunities for celebration and make a large goal less daunting and more attainable.

    If I'm running long distances, then I make games of getting to the top of the next hill, or sprinting to the next corner or changing my stride for so many minutes. If I'm working on a large software project, I also segment my work into little pieces that each work on their own. I don't think about making juice EVERY day, I make juice EACH day.

    Second, most goals are not achieved simply because our approach is wrong. It's not a matter of will power or desire; it's simply a matter of taking an approach that works.

    Still, many of us will respond negatively to suggestions regarding alternate approaches insisting that there is a certain way that we have of doing things. We never notice that OUR WAY of doing things isn't exactly working and therefore it might be time to try a NEW WAY.



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