It’s the start of a new year, where we hit the imaginary re-set button and magically become healthier, happier, more educated and more organized. More, more, more, more. If you’re like most of the association leaders we know, you already feel like you’re doing too much. How can anyone possibly do more?

Back in February, the Psychology Today blog featured this article on the 6 Anti-Resolutions You Should Have Made in 2015. This concept of an anti-resolution caught our attention. It’s reported that only 8% of those who make resolutions actually achieve them, so why in the world would we start another year setting ourselves up for failure? The anti-resolution proves there is another way—a better way—to define personal success. By simply being kinder to ourselves through acknowledging what we’re not going to achieve, we free up a significant amount of mental space to be more productive. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Embracing this concept, we polled our friends at various associations, asking the following question:

What is your top anti-resolution for 2016? That one thing in your professional life that you’re finally going to let go of, or give yourself permission to say “no”?

Here are some of the answers we received:

  • “I am no longer going to worry about how many emails are left in my inbox. Who cares if I have over 1,000, as long as people are getting what they need?”
  • “I am going to stop eating lunch at my desk (well, not every day). Instead, I’m going to eat in the staff room and connect with my colleagues.”
  • “This year, I am not going to cover up for other employees’ mistakes. I’ll be a team player and assist whenever possible, but each person will be held accountable for their own decisions.”
  • “I am not going to allow myself to be distracted by the little things, and instead, stay true to my original plan.”
  • “In 2016, I’m not going to be afraid of failure. If I can let that go, I actually give myself the greatest chance of being successful.”
  • “I vow to stop chasing after my current to-do list. Instead, I will focus on the 3 things that absolutely, positively, life-or-death have to get done that day. Everything else will be gravy.”
  • “I’m giving myself permission to not be a rock star all the time. The rock star mentality is a fallacy, as demonstrated by the fact that actual rock stars take lots of substances to maintain the energy required to be a rock star.”

It’s your turn to get in on the fun. What are your anti-resolutions for 2016? Post and share your comments here.

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