new year’s resolutions: focus, sacrifice, commit
Happy 2013! As we usher in the new year, I hope you will join me in making three important new year’s resolutions: focus, sacrifice, and commit.
Everyone knows that success comes from doing a few things really well, but in the 25 years I’ve worked with business leaders, I’ve found the pull of ingrained ways of doing things and the pressure to produce short-term results induces many people to lose focus. We must zero in on what’s really important and not allow ourselves to be distracted by organizational politics, shiny new objects, and inevitable fires that flare up.
So we need to be ruthless about setting priorities — often that means making sacrifices and being willing to give up potential gains in certain areas in order to grow in others. We must fight the pull of the “Lycra principle” (just because we can, doesn’t mean we should), and learn to say “no” to things that detract from our core purpose and goals.
And we need be all in. Once we determine our priorities, we need to commit to them fully and for the long-run. While today’s business climate requires us to be agile, flexible, and responsive, our opportunistic behavior should always advance our ultimate mission.
I am writing these resolutions for me as much as for anyone else. This year I’ll be making some changes in order to focus, sacrifice, and commit. You’ll see shorter, less frequent posts and Tweets from me, and more emphasis on sharing the ideas I’ve already developed (and less on developing new content.) I’ll be thinking and sharing more about digital health and fitness, in addition to the restaurant and retail industry. And I will be redoubling my efforts to be helpful to you, my friends and followers.
I hope you will welcome these changes – and keep me accountable to them – and join me in making 2013 the year of focus, sacrifice, and commitment!