With the start of a new year, most people set resolutions to lose weight, exercise more or to eat healthier. Those are all great goals to set but at the start of a new year, which is most appropriate to set: a goal, resolution or vision? In the past, I probably considered all three one in the same but I have read a few blog posts that have gotten me thinking that setting a vision for year might be a better way for me to proceed in 2012.
My quest for knowledge and exploration on this topic began when I read a blog post shared by Angela Maiers on Twitter written by Lisa Petrilli titled, “Three Steps to Create a Vision for 2012“. Petrilli writes,
If you want to be a purveyor of visionary leadership in 2012 you must start by creating a vision for 2012. I recommend creating a separate vision for both your life and your career because, although they absolutely will be inextricably linked, there will be critical and varying aspects of each that you’ll want to capture and use to keep you focused throughout the year.
I hadn’t really thought about the new year in terms of goals, resolutions or visions. I usually had the typical new year’s resolutions, but didn’t have the resolve to keep the resolution or goal much longer than a few days or weeks into January.
Dictionary.com defines each as
- goal – the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end
- resolution – (resolve) to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something)
- vision – an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present; the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be.
After looking at each definition, each term seems to scale up in depth, persistence and determination necessary to fulfill. I combined two of the definitions for vision as I felt both were needed to clarify my point in the importance of creating a vision for 2012.
To stay motivated to keep walking and eating better post surgery in 2011, I joined Steve Dembo’s community, Fit42. One of my DEN colleagues and friends, Elaine Plybon, wrote an interesting post there about resolutions.
According to a 2002 study, 40-45% of American adults make a resolution at the beginning of each New Year. Further statistics reveal that after one month, only 64% of those people are still maintaining their resolutions and after six months, less than half are still on track.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, resolution has three important parts to its definition:
1. analysis – narrowing a complex idea down into a simpler one;
2. answering – which would imply that there has to be a problem or a question involved; and
3. determining – as in making a determination and being determined to succeed.
In the next few days and weeks, I will focus on creating a professional vision for 2012 for myself. I personally see a vision as a plan, a roadmap per se, that incorporates short term, long term and resolutions that will be my guide throughout 2012. That is how I plan to proceed. Which will you set to guide you for success for 2012: a goal, resolution, vision, or a combination of all three?