Hasty, Hairy Habits: Why company results suffer from new year resolutions

It’s that time of year – only a few weeks ago you were running at a million revs towards a much deserved break during which no email was able to touch you. To-do list items comprised of dinners, drinks, naps and your spreadsheets migrated to the back of your head. Peace and tranquility away from all things that agitate your responsibility toll.

The past week has been slowly (or hatefully) dragging you back into reality (whoop there goes gravity). If you’re traditional, like most, you are in midst of fresh feels for your personal resolution roadtrip that accompanies the first few weeks of any given year. We’ve all been there - with noble intentions to get healthy, save up or to quit that one of five terrible habits – or any of the other most popular new year’s resolutions. Even if you never made any, you were definitely prompted by an Instagram story or family member to grind at least a single gear thinking about it.

There exists massive expectations to magically move mountains, be it within a company’s capacity or for personal practice. For some reason this Sinter Klaus-theory taught us that these drastic changes will bring us fulfillment, a sense of success accompanied by a validated reflection of accomplishment; or at the very least a dry and subtle nod of approval from a peer.

Results drive the Resolute

Even though we’re front of line to say JA to change, expansion and improvement – we can’t avoid discussing the space waster that these resolutions can become. Due to our positive inclination we’re instead going to introduce and explore a new, more sustainable means of reaching goals by examining the core of why these intentions fail within the first 4 weeks of attempting to welcome change into your neighbourhood.

Due to the growing GET-RESULTS-NOW millennial impatience it can be easy to face non-committal issues, but these have to be addressed from the get-go.

“How can a lack of commitment be remedied?”

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, writes in this compelling book that daily small changes accumulate into a big change over a stretch of time. It sounds pretty straight forward, but recent times have proved that doing anything one step at a time in our economy doesn’t prove to be satisfactory. We’re purpose-driven beings and we want to see results accelerate. Massive success does not require massive changes. It does however require intentional and constant opportunities for growth that, if cultivated, can become routine.

“Change is a commitment”

James emphasizes the way we approach systems and how improving your system of moving forward can alter your results. Important tip: scrutinize your current systems today and plan to make them work in your favour. Merely setting up a to-do-list is not a proactive way of achieving results. To-do-lists are quite deceiving in that ‘making a list’ is not the same as ‘ticking off an item’. The false sense of accomplishment that accompanies identifying, making and writing down resolutions allows you the illusion that you’re being efficiently contributing towards moving mountains - you’re not - you just wrote down ‘the thing’.

The threat of bad habits

“Incredible intentions can easily morph into fickle fantasies when competing with old habits”

If your business constantly misses deadlines due to bad time management, then your overworked employees are not the little fox you blame subconsciously. Take a step back to identify the bad habits you’re so desperately clinging on to (eg. stop procrastinating). There is power in accumulation and bad habits are first in line to excel when cementing itself into your life.The same rule is thereby applied to your positive habits. Whatever we feed the belly of the beast will affect its growth. Make sure you accumulate your positive 1% every day and it will reach the 100% mark faster than you can try remember what your resolutions over the past 3 years were in the first place.

Mirror mirror on the wall

Lastly, you’re familiar with the saying ‘Birds of a feather…’, so you’re aware that inspiring humans hang out with similarly inspiring people.

“Maybe it’s time to cultivate an environment around you where your resolutions become habits”

Inspiring habits should be celebrated by the people you surround yourself with. Worthwhile colleagues, employees, suppliers and clients tend to respond by mirroring the integrity you treat them with. Be the human who creates change by inspiring change - without quitting after the third week of January. Make good (however small) habits a part of your work ethic and it will start reflecting back to you.Start 2019 by giving us a call to review these company habits and to help you set up strategic systems that breed success in a happier and healthier business environment.

Kind Regards The JA-Team