The year after the night before
So come on….will it be drinking less, getting fit, losing weight? Will it be looking for a new job? Will it be a decision to move house?
The start of a new year is an odd time. It’s dark, cold and the parties and festivities are over. There’s been far more time than usual to sit and think and realise that something about your life isn’t quite right. It’s a time when people and businesses make changes. Firms have enjoyed (endured?) the conference season at the end of the year before. They’ll have had time to consider the ideas flung at them by the eager suppliers; Do you need a new system? Is your website up to scratch? Is your cashiering function tired, barely compliant and inefficient? The turn of the year often brings a renewed enthusiasm to consider a change.
Some of it is defensive, as a firm considers whether its performance is good enough, and looks at ways to protect its existence. Some thinking is more strategic and carries with it a sense of purpose and vigour. “We are going to become a better version of ourselves” is a refrain for both individuals and firms at this time of year.
And just like those classic resolutions made by individuals, there’s a danger that by February all the good intentions will have come to nothing. Change isn’t just a word. Just saying it won’t make it happen. It involves action and determination.