New Year’s Resolutions are most often pledges to rid our lives from nasty or unhealthy habits. A resolution is made when we choose to resolve a situation. As I started to make my list, I realized that the word “resolve” is re-solve and “resolution” is a re-solution. In other words, another try or a different solution. I like that better. It feels more like a step in the right direction rather than a self punishment or prevention. It’s a new way to approach an old problem.

I think in business we tend to spend too much time looking for new solutions, rather than rethinking the ones we have. Our vision gets clouded due to time constraints or pressures to perform. Many of the answers are already there in place and just need tweaking. (That’s tweaking not twerking).

Sure we have budgets, and schedules, and marketing plans. But what about business resolutions? Where are they? Maybe we need to pledge to ourselves and our employees to take a new look at old problems. Offer new solutions. “Re-solutions”.

What’s your New Year’s “Re-Solution”? Will you try a new approach on how you follow up on those sales leads and vary the day and time and communication method you respond? Will you rethink that job description for that position people always seem to leave too quickly? Will you pick up the phone rather than avoid “that” call?

I intend to do everything differently in 2015: both for the problems I couldn’t solve and for the ones I did. Yes, even the the tried and true methods will be subject to reassessment because good solutions can always get better.

Happy New Year. And Happy Re-Solving.