New Year’s Re-Solutions

Please join me each week for experiences, observations, and thoughts related to the upcoming project launch (March 2019). Your likes, comments, and shares are very much appreciated…and thanks for taking the time to stop by! Nigel Oliveira 

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“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” – Robert Jordan

The ability to adapt is perhaps the most important (and under-rated) life-skill.

Professionally speaking, I learned a long time ago that, while it’s important to have a framework methodology in place, it’s important to stay flexible within that framework. It allows for changes, and enables agility. Project Team members (and particularly Project Managers!) can become so wrapped up in a plan, that they forget the plan isn’t the objective…it’s only a tool to help accomplish the objective.

Welcome to 2019!

The New Year’s Eve party/hangover is already fading into memory, and the countdown to breaking resolutions has begun.

It’s tantalizingly easy to think of the first day of each year as a new chance to change our future. For most of us, those well-intended changes tend to fizzle out fast, if they even pan out at all.

Emerston Group is in the Business of Transformation. As experts in helping our clients move from current state to their desired future state, we understand that Deep, Meaningful, and Long-Lasting Change – particularly when it’s not initiated and driven by an external source – can be extremely difficult to establish and maintain. People enter the new year with all sorts of grand plans, and then get thrown off course.

As you know, the length of a year is determined by a physical principle, specifically the length of time it takes Planet Earth to complete one revolution around the Sun. However, calling January 1st the ‘start’ of a new year is completely arbitrary. We consider it so only by common agreement. In fact, many people around the world use different calendars, and don’t consider this to be the first day of their year.

Perhaps we’d all be a little better off by treating each and every day as a ‘start’, a ‘middle’, and an ‘end’. After all, we can only live one day at a time.

Consider re-solutioning the problems you’re trying to address, and doing so on a regular basis. I recommend taking at least one hour per week to focus on this objective. Please remember…not only is there no shame in pausing, reflecting, and adjusting…it’s a positive and reinforcing process!

Don’t be afraid to turn a New Year’s Resolution into a New Year’s Re-Solution.

If you’re interested in learning more about patterns, and how to break them, I highly recommend “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. Sneak Preview for next week’s blog: We start to pull back the covers on the new business!

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