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PM Essence
Editor’s Note  
SoumenDe
Dear Friends,
 
Wish you all a Very Happy New Year!!
 
New Year or January 1st is often a day to chill out, meet and greet our friends. Either the office has holiday or people take leave to celebrate this day. Another habit that is very popular for us is to come up with our own set of New Year Resolutions. Starting things with a well-defined start date is what we all Project Managers love to do. Some take it seriously.
Some bid it farewell in just few days or weeks. New Year Resolution - each one of us must have indulged at least once during our lifetime. People change with time, so do their aspirations. New Year is the time when we resolve to do something to reach out to either our personal or professional goals - make our business successful, get into that enviable shape, improve work-life balance etc. One study has shown that almost two in three people (62%) didn't succeed with their resolutions. The most common reason for participants failing their New Years' Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% did not follow through and 23% simply forgot about it. So which is more important? - sticking to the goals (as set in our resolutions) or sticking to the process (which helps us achieve the goals). Confusing, isn't it? What's the difference between goals and systems? If you're a cricketer, your goal is to make your team win. Your system is your processes for taking quick wickets, increase the strike rate; choose the shot based on the merit of the ball etc. If you're a runner, your goal is to win the marathon. Your system is to build your stamina, build your muscles, avoid unhealthy food etc. If we keep looking at the goals and the distance from our goals, it may make you frustrate rather than motivate. Rather if we put focus on just sticking to the process, you might as well reach the goal in slow and steady way. When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve your chances of achieving your goal at the same time. Think of that last serve (in tennis/badminton), when you are one point away from the victory (goal). You need to focus on the process of dropping the ball/shuttle in opponent's court, rather than focus on the goal. The other way to achieve New Year Resolutions is to have your goals known to social network so that they can motivate you (or mock at you?) when you veer off your track. Interestingly, out of those who did achieve their resolutions three in four participants (76%) believed that sharing their goals, for example on a social networking service, helped reach them. Please do read related articles in this edition of Essence along with other regular articles.
Thanks and Best Wishes,
Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP
Rama K, PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Soumen De, PMP
Vittal Vijayakumar, PMP