2012 Commitments: Why Resolutions Don’t Work!

So the New Year is upon us and we are told to make New Years resolutions. New Years Resolutions DON’T WORK. What ends up happening is most people only think about them through the first 3 month of the year, if that,  after that they forget or are so far off that they just decide to forget them.

To succeed create commitments!

Thomas Edison found 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. He was commited to finding the way to make it work. Are you commited?

First let me explain what a commitment means. To commit to something is to do everything and anything to succeed. That is it. Thomas Edison was committed to success when it took him 10,000 different designs for the light bulb before he figured the right one. How many of us would have stopped after the 1st or fourth, or 20th…You get the point. When you are committed there is only one thing on your mind, keep trying until you get it. It may mean trying different approaches, being more patient, asking others for help but you are committed to success.

Create 2 types of commitments:

1.  Ultimate Commitment

(i.e. the end results, big picture goal)

2.  Daily Commitment

(i.e. the daily habits you are committing to in order to achieve your goals)

Start with your Ultimate Commitment. What do you want to achieve? Once you’ve answered that question move on to your Daily Commitments. Ask yourself, What actions do I need to take on a daily basis to achieve your Ultimate Commitment?

Let me make this real by giving you an example from my personal commitment for 2012.

Ultimate Commitment: I have written a book by December 20th, 2012.

Daily Commitment:

*   I will write daily at least 30 minutes.

*   I will write 1 blog post weekly.

*   I will write 1 content email weekly.

What I have done is created daily actions that will help writing become a natural thing for me (which it is not), I have also integrated ways of staying accountable via emails and blog post being sent out weekly. My subscribers, you will know if I have done it or not and I expect you to call me out on it. While I am not perfect I am committing to making these things happen in 2012 by scheduling the time to write daily at 9AM.

Let me give you a weight loss example…

Try to fit your family into your daily habits if possible. Help them develop the right habits early on in life so they don't have to go through the same struggles you are going through.

I know weight loss is a big one at the start of every year. If someone asked me how to lose 30 lbs this would be a good start. The key to this is to measure your progress and make any adjustments there. This should serve as a good start.

Ultimate Commitment: I will be 30 lbs lighter on June 14th, 2012 just in time for summer

Daily Commitment:

*   I will do 15 minutes of exercise daily first thing in the morning 7 days a week.

*   I will go to boot camp in the evenings 4 times a week.

*   I will drink 3 liters of water daily.

*   I will eat a leafy green salad with at least 2 meals daily.

*   I will not any bread or pasta unless I have just done exercise.

*   I will record all my food intake and exercise daily so that I can better monitor my progress.

Lets break this down. The Ultimate Commitment is to lose 30 lbs in 6 months. Well in order to do that in the example I have set up of daily habits I must achieve in order to achieve this goal. As Peter Drucker so eloquently said, “if you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Make sure your commitments are measurable. I like making a list of daily habits with check boxes. On a daily basis you must check them off. I have found that the use of something as simple as a check box is really helpful.

I know if you take this proven approach to Commitment you will succeed. Get thinking about your Ultimate Commitments and your Daily Commitments to achieve the results you want in 2012.



PS – I would love to hear your commitments for 2012 and your daily actions steps to keep you accountable.
PPS – If you don’t have a place to workout that will keep you motivated and keep you accountable check out our boot camp.


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