Most of us start this time of year picking New Year resolutions. For me, they are the usual suspects. Get healthier. Lose those 20 pounds I’ve been trying to lose since last ten years. Become a better person. The latter usually entails becoming more patient, loving, and forgiving in my relationships – including with other drivers on the road. Each year, I carefully set action plans to meet these goals. Yet, most of my goals lose steam around mid-February and it’s back to business as usual – Parathas and Pizzas.

With some therapy, I have even found some humor at the irony of being an Fit Individual and not being able to meet my own goals.

Here’s what I’m doing differently this year. It is from Marshall Goldsmith’s best-selling book called  Triggers. The executive coach pays someone to call him every morning and ask him 32 questions that help him to be accountable to be the person he wants to be. I decided to give myself the challenge of asking myself six accountability questions every morning.

Ask yourself six questions every day to create good habits to meet your New Year resolutions. Success on the most important goals we set for ourselves involve the long game – practices that we practice every day until they become habits, and eventually part of our very identity, so we can create lasting change.

Six questions i recommend for all leaders. My recommendation is to start with these questions. The focus is to hold yourself accountable to doing your best. Did I do my best to?

  1. Set clear goals?
  2. Make progress for achieving my goals?
  3. Find meaning?
  4. Be happy?
  5. Build positive relationships?
  6. Be fully engaged?

As Individuals the greatest challenge is getting started. We often miss the bus at the first step. Tomorrow seems to be the favorite word and often this procrastination is the major hurdle in successfully attaining the resolutions made by us.

A new year is expected to bring in fresh ideas, fresh thoughts and a new zest to life but for all this to happen one needs to get up and “get started”. I feel accountability is the major step and if we make ourselves responsible the resolutions will never fizz out and in fact will motivate us to perform better and make ourselves a renewed Individual.

Let’s all take our resolutions this year to a greater dimension and in turn make changes in our lifetime which shall have a larger impact on our lives.

-Rtr. Abhishek Bandodkar
Rotaract Club of Bombay Juhu Beach