If you’re one of the 92 percent of Americans whose New Year’s resolutions fail, you might assume you have a willpower deficiency. Not true, says Brian Moran coauthor, along with Michael Lennington, of the New York Times best seller The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months.
Ultimately, says Moran, to perform at your best, you will need to get out of “annual mode” and stop thinking in terms of a 365 day year. That’s where the 12 Week Year comes in.
Here’s is one of Moran’s 12 Week Year tips:
to realize that you were mistaken and should have taken a different turn?”
Be honest about your track record. How many promises and commitments do you welsh on in the course of 12 months? Probably more than you’d like to admit to. The fact is, at the beginning of the year, it’s all too easy to make promises and commitments. “Sure, honey, we can remodel the kitchen this year.” “Of course our department will reduce its operating costs by 15 percent this year.” Frequently, though, we fall short of our personal and professional commitments because over the course of 12 months, we encounter unforeseen obstacles, our priorities change, or our interest wanes.
“If you don’t want to be seen as someone who breaks commitments, drops the ball, and flakes, it makes sense to ditch annualized thinking,” Moran comments. “It’s much easier to say you’re going to do something—and then do it—within a 12 week time frame. As I have already pointed out, you can more accurately plan ahead, so you’ll make fewer mistakes, save time, and remain more focused. With these working habits, your results are not left up to chance. They are high in quality, and they are consistent.”