New Year Resolution Ideas: Treating Life as a Startup

Healthy New Year Resolution may look like the Winnie the Pooh in this viral video from TeenVogue:


I believe there are many brave hearts that want to set the goal and achieve it. Are you with me?

I always thought that my resolution is like a startup. You start something new, with very hard in the beginning. To overcome the obstacles, let's borrow some hacks from startups.

Let's learn from this great post by Jose Vasquez published in HuffPost: “How to Draft Your Company’s Mission Statement (and Why It Matters)”:


"Before you build your company, you need to draft your company’s mission statement.
Before you write a business plan, before you seek funding, and certainly before you start looking for customers, you should have one in mind. Though some definitions of what counts as a mission statement vary, it should always include a handful of features:
· Your company’s purpose.
· The scope of your operations, including your market and/or location of operation.
· Your main differentiating qualities."


So why is a mission statement important, and how should you go about drafting one?


Goal Setting: Your personal purpose

Write a list of the goals:

  • It could be something about your personal shape: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, drink less alcohol...
  • You can become more positive, manage time and get organized, be more independent, enjoy life…
  • You may plan education and career: learn something new, improve talents, perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business.

Now think - you’re not alone. Who surrounds you?

Rank the goals you’ve written from your society view - what goals will they support?

What goals will help you to defeat enemies?


Nice job!- Let’s elevate the goals that left on the planet level… will they write an article after your death?


Achieving goals: The scope of operations

Let’s assume your “Get in shape” goal is like 1/3 of Americans according to Lifehacker and GQ:

"Losing weight is the top resolution for Americans, and combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that over a third of the population wishes to achieve."

It’s easy to sit on a diet or start exercising. It’s hard to make it consistent. Try to build a schedule…

Then try to sync it with your job, family, holidays…

Taking into consideration stats from Elon Musk: 99% of Startups fail - what are your chances to succeed?


Why some people win, another lose: Your main differentiating qualities

Instead of giving up on the 3rd day - let’s use Larry Page “Toothbrush test” prior execution:

''Larry Page uses the "toothbrush test" to determine whether a company is worth buying. He'll ask, "Is this something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?"

To add this repetitive feature to our goal we choose the tool, that we use every day. For instance, we can pair our weight loss goal with snacks we eat. We love to eat snacks, nobody forces us, many of us snacking 4 times a day.

Then we can choose high fiber protein snacks. With fiber you never overeat, plant protein improves the health... And increase the chances for your resolution to complete up to 100%. 

Check an example of the PLANETARIANS New Year Resolution and try to make your own:

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Aleh Manchuliantsau