Its New Year’s resolution time!!
I work for a market research firm here in Chicago, and one fun fact I always remember this time of year is the number 5. Its the average number of weeks a New Year’s resolution lasts as evidenced by the decline and increase of cigarette sales in the Unites States in the month of January. This phenomenon has existed for years, and you can nearly set your watch to it.
I am not a huge advocate of New Years resolutions. I lost my faith in those some time ago, as they never really lasted more than 5 weeks. They always seem to sound great in the space of the inevitable time off during the holidays. My goals were always super SMART (Specific : Measurable : Attainable : Relative : Time-Bound). You come back to the office fresh and reflective and really juiced to get after all of these fantastic fresh starts. Of course, the entertaining part is the day you walk into the office, your surrounded by your colleagues…all with the same juice and more often than not very different resolutions. A sea of smart people with SMART goals tucked neatly and quietly in their back pocket.
I am going to try something different this year. I came across the annual three word approach via one of my favorites, +Chris Brogan. I’ve been a fan of Chris’s work for a few years now, and thought it was about time to give this a real honest run in 2014. As I could not give the thought process it’s proper justice, take a read through Chris’s 3 words for 2014, along with an explanation of how the whole concept works. [Read more…]