Keep it Simple with Your New Year Recommitments

January 10, 2016 | Leadership, Self Help

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How many times have we heard the phrase, “Keep it Simple”? It’s usually followed by another word, stupid, but I thought it better to be more polite in this post. Business leaders, coaches, parents, and teachers have all said this phrase. I think it can also apply to our New Year Recommitments we have made. With one week already passed in 2016, how are you doing?

I want to spend more time with my wife and kids, exercise more, produce more content, make more sales contacts…..the list goes on. The phrase, “Keep it Simple”, pertains to the number of recommitments and the time set where those recommitments will receive maximum focus. Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling wrote a book called the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) and their main premise is that an organization should only have one wildly important goal at a time. Why not apply that to our recommitments and only focus on one (at a maximum, two) at a time. Think about the results we could achieve if we put our physical and mental resources to those one or two items.

I would also only allow myself to focus on those one or two things for 90 days and have a goal set for the results I wanted to attain after those 90 days had passed. In my experience, focusing on more than one or two things for any longer amount of time usually ends up in not attaining the end result I want.

What is your “wildly important goal” tied to your New Years Recommitment?

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