Failing: New Years Resolutions

After having delved into the book entitled “I’m Feeling Lucky”, none other than the inside accounts of a Google employee, I realized what I had been missing in my new years resolutions.

In the past, I had always told myself I didn’t need new years resolutions. Why? Well, because I thought it was easier to look back at the past year and say that I was incredibly good at rolling with the punches. Not only this but I also felt as though I had learned a great deal along the way because of it. That may have all been true but there was a different perspective, one that comes from the depths of Google, in which you can not only look back and say something along the lines of “Wow, I accomplished a whole lot this past year” but also, “Man, I really have a lot more goals I can strive to reach.”

The methodology I’m talking about is knows as OKR’s, objectives and key results. If you want to accomplish things beyond your wildest dreams this next year, give it a try, if not, then stick to the mediocre way of doing things. This is sure to help.

Start by coming up with several “big-picture” key results you would like to have become reality. These could be anything from wanting to work for yourself, to being more happy, to traveling more, just to name a few. These key results need to be just that, results. These need to be the things you ultimately would like to see happen in your life. Now comes the more difficult part. After writing down these key results you need to brainstorm some ways to reach them. How? Write down one or two small objectives per each overlying key result. Let’s say that I wanted to brainstorm how to better attain the key result of working for myself. In this case I would most likely write down an objective of obtaining 5 more clients in the following year. Continue this process until you have a list of specific ways you can measure your success or failure of obtaining objectives in order to meet your key results.


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But it doesn’t stop there. The key to this entire process is to think big! If you aren’t failing at around 30% of your goals you are doing something wrong. You need to make sure that you are challenging yourself but not to the point of giving up completely. Failure helps you learn from your mistakes and thus helps you to strive to change in the face of new obstacles.

Here are just a few things that OKR’s helped me to achieve before I even understood that I was beginning to use the system:

1. Turned a profit in less than a year of starting business
2. Reached over 7,000 targeted followers on combined social media platforms in the same year
3. Attained these numbers on a budget equal to that of a minimum wage worker on a part time salary
4. Created contracts that were adhered to, and surpassed, through the work provided. Consistently. No fine print.

So what should you focus on for this coming year? That’s up to you. But remember that OKR’s can help you realize the potential you never knew you had.

“We Are The Designers of Our Future”