New Year's resolutions

Don't let positive change be held hostage by an unquestioned time-bound ritual.

New Year's resolutions
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The tradition of setting a New Year's resolution is rather an odd one.

Waiting for the 1st of January every year to set a new personal intention, and to begin following a new set of behaviours, is really rather silly.

Why wait for the 1st of January?

There is no reason to wait to make a change - if a change needs to be made; make it now.

The New Year's resolution has however become something of a ritual that society honours without question.

The same can also be said of the Annual Strategy Workshop - the yearly company breakaway where 'strategy' for the following year is discussed and set.

Who however made this a recognised rule?

Strategy work ideally must be done when strategy work is needed.

If it needs to be something that gets worked on every single day - then so be it.

Religiously assigning a three-day breakaway every year in January to work on 'strategy' doesn't make any logical sense.

If problem solving is needed, or an opportunities comes up as a result of an unexpected shift in the marketplace, a strategy need to be discussed and put in place; waiting for January (or whenever the usual gathering is normally scheduled) is too late.

Don't let positive change be held hostage by an unquestioned time-bound ritual; it's like volunteering to put yourself in a straight jacket because that's what everyone else does.