Most of us are rather adept at abandoning our New Year’s resolutions by February, begging the question as to why we bother to make them at all. Why are these resolutions so hard to keep? It seems that too often resolutions focus on the end goal: get the perfect bikini body, quit smoking, find a husband or wife. We get frustrated when we realize that the path to these goals is often long and grueling, so we give up quickly.
I recently re-read Groundwork’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2016, and I realized that Dena and I kicked some serious butt this year. For reals. We killed it!
And the reason why is pretty obvious: we focused on positive behavior rather than end goals. Running a business is a never-ending marathon, so you need to look to your running technique and not to the finish line.
Groundwork’s Resolutions for 2016:
- Grow while maintaining the feel of a close-knit community.
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance, and encourage our members to do the same.
- Stay fun and playful.
Look familiar? They are pretty similar to our core values. And all of them focus on maintaining and celebrating something that we already have. We could waste a lot of time and energy trying to be as big as We Work, but that’s just not who we are. So we observe and notice what makes us unique– our special sauce– and then we focus our efforts on making that sauce even better.
Isn’t it just a silly exercise to state the obvious over and over again?
Not from my experience. I need to remind myself over and over again what matters most, because I am pulled in a million directions every day. Resolutions, values, intentions… whatever you want to call them, they are powerful tools to stay on track.
2017: The Year of Special Sauce
Dena and I will sit down and plot our 2017 resolutions in the next few days, and I’m really looking forward to it. I encourage you to do the same. Take some time to reflect on the things that make you great. We want to see more of that from you in the coming year.
Happy New Year from Groundwork!