Something we practice in Vistage is doing our yearly Goal Sheets. I find this practice much better than individual "resolutions" - sort of pulls the whole picture together ... much as the Life Plan does that the Sloan Bros. speak of and promote.
This Goal Sheet is separated into 5 sections. Think of a 8½" x 11" paper separated into 4 equal sections with room at the bottom for a small paragraph.
Top left section: 2006 (past year) Significant Events. Here you recap whether you met the previous year`s goals. If just starting this practice, recap your significant events - could be personal, business, or both.
Top right section: 2007 (current year) Work Goals: This list the major accomplishments you will work on in the coming year.
Note ... when listing goals, always make them SMART Goals.
Specific - Measurable - Attainable - Realistic - Tangible
Bottom left section: Professional Development Goals. This is all about improving the "business" you. I will read one business book a month. I will attend 3 career development courses. Etc.
Bottom right section: 2007 Personal Goals. These goals are all about you and your personal life. Might be to have one "hot date" with your wife a month. Or maintain a specific weight. Or walk 2 miles a day 5 times a week. List SMART Goals again.
The 5th section at the bottom is called: Personal Core Mission/Primary Aim. This is the end game as you see it. Example: Working from home - lake front home with office overlooking lake - running my online ecommerce business with revenues of $xxx per year ... you get the picture.
I believe this is better than a resolution. It puts all aspects of your life - business and personal - on paper where you can see it and be held accountable. Give the Goal Sheet to someone (or someones) who will hold you accountable. Review them and have these people review them with you at least once a month. No accountability is what causes most people to slip and slid on resolutions. It is nice to have someone prod you and hold you accountable.
Just an idea. If you`d like the Goal Template I speak of, shoot me a personal email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I`ll send it right along.
Merry Christmas and I wish you a prosperous and focused New Year!
I have to say...I don`t do New Years Resolutions...they are just an immediate step to failure or disappointment.
I use "intentions" instead of resolutions or even goals. What happens if you do not achieve a goal in the time period that you allow for it, well you get bummed out. With an intention, you have more flexibility.
I use an example like this - My goal is to burn 600 calories in this 30 minute workout, well when I don`t achieve this I am pretty hard on myself. Now, when I word it like "my intention" is to burn 600 calories, if I do 599, I can reset the intention for tomorrow. I am not beating myself up.
Just my 2 cents