For a discussion this week about January checkpoints and business reviews, I looked up the meaning of the word “resolution” in the dictionary. I was surprised to see some of the answers.
A formal expression of opinion or intention made – as in the result of a committee vote. A decision or determination. A solution to a problem. It is even the pixelation of a screen.
Nowhere was there the answer that it is those promises we make at the start of January that we break by February.
So if we shift our thinking that resolutions are actually an outcome and not the objective, it looks a lot different. The outcome of what?
To me it is the outcome of both a review of the past period, based on available data and insights, and a planning exercise of where we want to go next. A decision at a point in time of what needs to be done to get to where we want to go. Then we do the work to execute on it.
Not something we do only in January. But possibly quarterly or even monthly.