It’s that time of the year high on calories and good intentions.
Depending on which piece of research you choose to believe, new year’s eve resolutions are both immensely useful and utterly inconsequential. Detractors claim the road to hell is paved with good intentions, supporters point out that same pavement leads to better performing individuals.
Most people at the very least give resolutions a cursory thought at this time of the year even if they decide to not make any but some of us invest thought in them and formulate them carefully irrespective of the likelihood of success as a useful introspective exercise in itself. A percentage of those who create them, likely a minority that further dwindles as the year progresses, manage to stick to them and, as science demonstrated time and again, seeing how habit formation takes 90 days, some solidly good overall behaviors emerge from them.
Whether it is getting in shape physically or mentally, joining the gym, eating better, sleeping more, minimizing anxiety, etc, new year’s eve resolutions are a betterment checkpoint and a moment to think of what can be done to improve ourselves.
Bedazzlingly, very few, if any, have anything to do with our professional lives and we have to wonder why that is.
“Not in my control”
Having stumbled upon this thought last week, I asked a CIO of a major European bank in a call we were having to plot next year’s major transformation, what his organizational-NYE-resolution