The New Year is upon us and with that, it’s time for new beginnings, fresh starts and clean slates. However, that doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions any more appealing. Given the abysmal statistics on fulfilling resolutions, most of us are inclined to ignore the opportunity for a fresh start and bypass the inevitable disappointment of failure. Yet we know that at the end of 2013, we’ll want to be able to look back and make sure we are better off than we were in 2012. We know that we can’t expect different outcomes from the same inputs. So why aren’t we able to commit?
I would propose to you that most New Year’s resolutions fail not because they lacked good intentions, but because they fail to take into account the adversity which we will undoubtedly face. They assume that our environment is static, which we know not to be true.
In my last post, I wrote about the choices that each of us make to affect our surroundings. That should not be construed to mean that we are “in control.” Far from control, our environment changes rapidly with business conditions, fiscal cliffs, health issues, family struggles and the financial markets. The choices we make should not be contingent on, but in spite of, our circumstances. We are remembered more for how we handle the cards we are dealt than for the cards themselves.
As you look to 2013, know that there is a high potential that it will be different from whatever you currently expect. Commit to moving the ball forward anyway. Set some New Year’s resolutions that you want to achieve and don’t let those resolutions be dependent on everything going your way.
At Stewart, we have high expectations for 2013. Housing indicators are positive and opportunities abound. However, our expectations are not simply dependent on the real estate market. Our commitment acknowledges that there will be challenges along the way. We have high expectations because we are committed to a vision and to a set of core values that will push us to achieve success, whatever comes our way.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and your resolutions. Let’s make sure we are able to look back on 2013 as a year that we are proud of the choices we made and the progress that resulted.