It’s that time of year… executives all over the world reflect on personal and organizational achievements; what they did or meant to accomplish.
It’s human nature, but not the nature of a leader… talk of New Year’s Resolutions can be a trap; a self-fulfilling prophecy of failed expectation because… by nature, resolutions are negative and fear based.
Like motivating yourself with “Should Statements” where you receive only Guilt (you didn’t do something that you “should” have done) or Anger (you finally did something you “should” do but took no joy or satisfaction from it because you were simply avoiding feelings of Guilt).
Let’s talk about setting goals; creating visions and making resolutions.
These three words seem similar, even interchangeable – they aren’t.
There are very big differences between setting goals, creating a vision or making a resolution.
Each word resonates differently… sets a tone and is predictive of both success and/or failure.
Goals are hard tangible targets with specific outcomes, expected completion dates with little wiggle room and consequences for not meeting them.
Visions are more “feeling” oriented. They are generally a broad view of your goal. You see, feel, and virtually “experience” the achievement. Visions feel very real if you do them right! Visions are motivating as they carry you to a place where you are already living in the world your “goals” would have you create.
Resolutions are the sneaky cousin of goals and visions… when you look more closely they lack the clarity of goal achievement or the emotions of vision.
Often there are judgments attached to resolutions… an implication that something is “wrong” that must be “resolved” to make it right.
Resolutions are born of a negative judgment- an underlying feeling of failure… an unspoken “should statement”
Starting your year with a focus on being resolute in what you “should” but have not yet done is a self-fulfilling prophecy of negativity where you subconsciously see your organization as incapable of change.
If goals don’t excite your organization create a shared vision; if this vision is too emotional to create accountability couch the vision in the concrete language of goals… make these changes in perspective your only resolution for the New Year!
Or try this one… “Be more AWESOME than last year!”
Thank YOU for Caring!