The Power of a New Baseline

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? It could just as easily be September resolutions or “new week” resolutions, but something about putting up a new calendar on the wall and learning to change that last number in the date inspires people to make a new start. Maybe it’s the guilt from overeating during the holidays that makes people want to exercise, or maybe the fresh start of a new year makes you think that this time, you’ll really finish writing that novel that’s been sitting in your desk drawer untouched for so long.

Unfortunately, many New Year’s resolutions will be forgotten as quickly as they are made. After all, life goes in January pretty much as it did in December: the bills have to be paid, the kids have to go to school and the boss is still demanding that your work be completed yesterday. Still, many people make resolutions and work very hard to keep them, thinking that maybe--this year, at last!--the change will stick or the project will be finished.

There is always power in starting something new. It might be a writer staring at a blank page (or computer screen), the painter gazing at an empty canvas or the project manager with a blank Gantt chart. The power doesn’t come from the finished product (if it is ever finished) or the individuals working on it; rather, the power comes from the world of …

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"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."

- Jeff Raskin