What is a resolution, really, if not a pledge to create a new habit for yourself?  One resource that could help you is the new book Atomic Habits. Author James Clear provides a host of actionable tips to help you understand the behavior that creates habits and how to utilize that knowledge to develop new ways of action.

Like the one-second video that I wrote about yesterday, Clear recommends starting small and working toward a 1% improvement every day, for example, begin by doing just one exercise, and then on the next day add to it. By making your habit easy in the beginning, you are more likely to stay with it long enough for it to truly become ingrained in your behaviors.

And in this season of setting goals, Clear offers counterintuitive advice, suggesting instead to forget about goals and to focus instead on your system. “You don’t rise to the level of your goals,” he writes. “You fall to the level of your systems.” You need to develop systems to make it easy to achieve the behavior you want with consistency.

Instead of spending time developing your resolutions only to have them go by the wayside, perhaps a better use of your time is to invest in Atomic Habits – to learn how to create a system that allows you to transform all your habits in the new year.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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