Why I’m Not Making Resolutions This Year

Forget New Year's Resolutions

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

If you made a New Year’s resolution, you have likely already broken it.

There are a lot of reasons why resolutions fail, but this post is not about those reasons.

Instead of creating resolutions, I am creating themes to describe what I want to accomplish this year.

I took a look at my 2015 year in review and identified the main themes in my life last year.

For the themes that I want to keep in my life, I simply rolled those forward into 2016 and will continue to work on them in the coming year.

I also created an overall theme for the year: To Share More.

What I mean by “to share more” is I am going to do a better job of sharing what is going on in my life with those around me.

I am going to share more of what I have learned and know with other people.

I am going to share more of my thoughts and ideas with my world.

The reason I selected this theme is my biggest accomplishments last year, as measured by things I felt had the most impact on other people, occurred when I shared my thoughts and my ideas.

Many times last year people told me, “I never knew you had that in you.”

I plan to keep surprising people in 2016.

For the themes in my life I want to roll into 2016, I created one or two goals I want to accomplish and ways to share those accomplishments with other people.

Here are my themes, my goals, and how I’ll share them:

  1. Coaching
    • I will find coaches for myself in fitness, nutrition, and business.
    • I will coach three people, mostly on habit formation and behavior design.
    • This will give me the opportunity to share my ideas and accomplishments with my coaches and share what I know as I coach other people.
  2. Fitness
    • I will make progress in my fitness goals which revolve around increasing my strength, speed, and endurance.
    • I will measure different physical activities that I will track through the year.
    • I will improve my pace by one minute per mile over my previous average in the Spartan Race in May.
    • I will complete an Olympic distance triathlon.
    • In terms of sharing, I will share more with the people around me regarding my progress.
  3. Habits
    • I will build on my habit streaks.
    • I am going to share more about my habits, why I built them, and what I get out of them.
  4. Personal development
    • I will code a Python program to automate one process at work to save my team time.
    • I will  design a mobile app this year.
    • I will also complete all the Swirl lessons for R programming.
    •  I will share what I learn with other people via my blog and with my family and coworkers.
  5. Writing
    • I will post to this site once per week, one Quora answer per week, LinkedIn two times per month, and Medium once per month.
    • Doing this is all about sharing my thoughts and ideas.
  6. Speaking
    • I will speak at three different events this year about changing the way HR works or how to form new habits.
    • This is the same as writing, but it’s sharing in a different forum.

Each month, I am setting a couple of smaller goals or to dos in each one of these themes that move me toward the big goals.

That way, I break the big achievements into small chunks that keep me moving throughout the year.

And in the spirit of my main theme for the year, I’ll be sure to share my progress here.


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2 comments… add one

  • Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • Greg

      This is Wordpress. I’ve used Squarespace for other sites as well. It works pretty well, but doesn’t allow for as much customization as WP.

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