Toughen your resolve

6 January 2011
How are you getting on with your new year’s resolutions? In a survey of 2,125 people conducted by Oxfam, 73 per cent planned to make a resolution for 2011. And this increased to 86 per cent among 18- to 24-year-olds. Half of those making resolutions want to do the same thing – lose weight. But 43 per cent of weight loss and 42 per cent of fitness resolutions are broken before the end of January. It also found a quarter of people manage to maintain their resolution for the full 12 months (higher than I would have predicted). At the same time as considering what to choose as a new year’s resolution, many companies and departments were emailing or circulating business priorities, action plans or strategies for 2011. It would be interesting to see if a quarter of businesses had been able to achieve everything they wanted in line with these documents. In both cases staying on track requires determination, dedication and a degree of ruthlessness. Avoiding or managing distractions – whether they are the economic climate or a box of unfinished Quality Street – is also vital. If you have managed it so far (only another 359 days to go), congratulations and keep it up. In an uncertain corporate environment, firms will need a similar level of self-discipline this year.
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