No Resolutions This Year

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

I’m not big on resolutions; they’re just itching to be broken. Besides they always seem to built on the belief that I am doing something wrong. I’m eating too much, not exercising enough, yada yada, yada. Why start the year feeling inadequate? But I do find reminders helpful as I start the year. As in, “I want to make sure I pay attention to my health.” And I like to keep it simple. I don’t want a list of 10 things I need to do. One or two will do nicely. Since change is such a big part of most of our lives, I thought you might appreciate a single reminder on ways to get your ideas across.

Here it is — Why before How. People are not interested in our “brilliant” plans until they can see why a change is even needed in the first place. Simple, yes, but most new ideas fail because people moved into “how we are going to do it” phase way before anyone else was given a chance to see why anything new was needed.

I’ve seen clients increase their success rate significantly simple by adhering to why before how. And when I have actually listened to my own advice, it’s worked for me.

Yes, there is more to change than why before how, but my research shows that companies that handle the why phase well, tend to manage the rest of the change effectively too.

Best wishes for a successful new year.