Forget Resolutions – Make Simple Changes Instead

Six practices to make a better future

This time of year, many people are focused on “new year, new me” or making “New Year’s Resolutions.”

Year ago, Einstein (or someone else) famously said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting the same results.”

And year after year, we fail at these ideas. And while we know this won’t work, we do it anyway. Partially because we know it won’t work so we self-sabotage, and partially because we don’t have a better way.

But there IS a better way, at least to TRY and do something longer lasting. Authors Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, coauthors of the 2019 book The Wise Company, recently developed “six practices to make a better future” to help leaders focus on the most important drivers of simultaneous success.

Six practices to make a better future

  1. Develop routines, or kata
  2. Ask the right questions
  3. Retrain your brain to consider “both/and”
  4. Read and empathize more
  5. Watch the top 10 speeches of all time
  6. Try a high-energy outdoor activity

Read the rest of the details on how and why this is helpful in this article from Harvard Business School.

Featured photo by Visit Almaty.

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