No Resolutions


Here we are nearly a week into the new year and I haven't broken any of my resolutions.

You may be thinking that it's a bit early to be celebrating - but I'm fairly confident I won't be breaking any resolutions this year.

Each year I make resolutions about eating better and taking better care of my body. I will read more great books. I'll waste less time on mindless pursuits.

If you belong to a gym, you've seen those people who come in just after the new year with enthusiasm and resolve and are gone well before Groundhog Day.

In the first Tiny Challenges podcast (subscribe here on iTunes), Chris Brogan says that resolutions get you to focus on things that are "wrong" about you - things that need "fixing".

He's right.

Resolutions aren't part of a vision. They're part of us saying "I hate this about me and need to change it".

That doesn't sound fun. It doesn't sound like we'll be motivated to stick with it. It also sounds like we'll reinforce unhealthy feelings about ourselves when we inevitably fail.

So this year I didn't make any resolutions.

It's not that there aren't things I want to accomplish or work on this year. I'm just not going to look at them as resolutions. I'm going to embark on a series of tiny challenges.

I'll tell you more about that tomorrow.

I promise.