It’s that time of year when everyone starts to make their New Year’s resolutions. These are those things that you set out to do and then stop by mid February. Because of this, they usually carry over from the year before or from the past 10 years for that matter.
And they are most likely those things that we should be doing anyway…stop smoking, workout daily/weekly, love my enemies, love myself, stop searching for love, do more of what I love, say I love you more (there’s a theme here), drink more water, cut out soda, pack healthier snacks for my kids so they don’t brag about how their mom feeds them Nutella and their teachers won’t think I’m a mess (okay, that one’s for me).
What we need to start realizing is that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Ever. We start then stop, then start again. They have no sticking power because you are relying on yourself to keep the resolution. How many times have you made a decision and then went back on that decision for whatever reason. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you’re not trying. I’m not saying you don’t have good intentions. We all do.
What I’m saying is there’s a big difference between a resolution and a declaration. The difference is accountability, formality and engagement.
Check out the definitions…
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something
Declaration: a formal or explicit statement or announcement
We can resolve in our own minds all we want, but until we declare it (speak it and write it down) formally we will not be successful.
I challenge you to do away with resolutions as we head into 2014. Make declarations for you, your family and your business. Speak them, tell someone, tell everyone. The words that come out of our mouths are powerful. They stir the heavens and shape the earth.
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shineupon thy ways.” – Job 22:28
“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat thefruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:20-21