What are you resolved to do?

January 6, 2012

The almighty index card

Bill Hybels has a great chapter in his book Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs called “Six-by-Six Execution.” In it he describes a transformative practice he implemented at Willow Creek.

Every six weeks he would take an index card and write the question: “What is the greatest contribution I can make a Willow Creek Community Church in the next six weeks?” He then answered it and used the answer to focus his energies for the next six weeks.

As we move further into 2012, many of us have made resolutions. If your goal is actually to achieve your resolutions its important that you follow Hybels’ advice and focus your energies.

Enter Michael Hyatt who has posted some tips on making resolutions stick.

  1. Keep them few (focus!)
  2. Make them “SMART” (Specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, time-bound)
  3. Write them down (and review them regularly)
  4. Go public

In the spirit of “going public” here are my personal resolutions for 2012 (our fiscal year run July to June so I do my professional planning at or before July each year).

  1. Lose 40 pounds by December 31, 2012.
  2. Practice a weekly date night with Anna.
  3. Spend quality, focused time with both Nathan and Eliza daily.
  4. Take a monthly spiritual retreat.
  5. Take a walk with Anna and the family at least three times per week.

So, what are your resolutions for 2012?