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Friday, December 30, 2011

Lean Quote: Forget About Resolutions Concentrate on Goal Setting

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits." — Anonymous

With the hustle of the holidays over we turn to the New Year, where many individuals are honing in on their New Year’s resolution. For many, it may be an opportunity to assess their struggles of the previous year or to wallow in their triumphs. One thing for is sure, many people want to make positive changes in their lives.

Change is hard because patterns of behavior are embedded in the psyche. For many, bad habits provide a purpose. The behavior may provide an emotional benefit to the individual (albeit not in an ideal way) that they’re not even aware of.

Change can only be successful if it’s truly desired. Initially, it is common for the individual to feel stuck. Change may begin by making small behavioral changes. By planning and developing a firm, detailed plan of action the likeliness of success will increase. Behavior is modified the most when the individual is truly ready to take action.

Personally I recommend forgetting the whole concept of resolutions and concentrating on setting goals instead. Resolutions and goal setting may seem similar, but resolutions typically take a let's start something and see what happens approach, while goal setting is about planning a specific path to success.

Lasting changes require continued commitment. It can be motivating to add up and consolidate all the gains that have been made so far and to acknowledge how far you have come. Change isn’t easy but positive changes are always worth the effort.

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