Get more traction with your New Year's Resolutions with the Change Matrix

If you’re like me you’re setting your New Year’s Resolutions today. Also, if you’re anything like me, you struggle to keep these past January 31st. In this article I’ll review the Change Matrix and how it can be used to develop your Resolutions and overcome any obstacles in your way!

We’ll start by defining a resolution as a firm decision to do or not do something. Let’s assume the former for our purposes. I’m generally TRYING to do something for my Resolutions and you probably are too.

Now let’s use the Change Matrix to develop our resolutions and identify potential pitfalls to keep us going all year long.

The Change Matrix (follow the link to see what I wrote about using it in sales), is a tool I use regularly when I am facing a change in business or in my personal life. It is an excellent tool for identifying the resistance to change and identifying the root cause, and what is a Resolution without change?

The Change Matrix

The Change Matrix

The Change Matrix identifies five observable behaviors and the root cause that leads to it. Let’s explore each.


Your resolution must have a vision if you’re to be successful. It goes without saying that we’ll encounter confusion if we don’t define our Resolution. You’re best served by having a clearly defined goal. One of mine is to launch the DOITS Problem-Solving Methodology in January 2019.


If you don’t have the Skills needed to deliver on your goal you’ll experience Anxiety. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can be used to develop more resolutions for ourselves. To deliver on my Vision I’ll need to develop new skills in 2019. One of these is funnel marketing to help me get my Vision communicated to people that may need my help.


You must have an Incentive or WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). You’ll encounter Resistance to change if you don’t have an incentive. What will you gain from the change or what pain will you avoid from the change? I have both financial and personal Incentive in my resolution. I enjoy helping people and some of them may even compensate me for it. Make sure to build Incentive into your resolutions to avoid Resistance.


Do you have the resources you need to be successful? If not then you’ll encounter Frustration. Resources can be financial, emotional, physical, mental, or any other resource you can define. You can use this to establish more resolutions to get the resources you need. I could use more financial resources to be successful, but I am blessed to have the experience I need and the support network of a loving family.


Most Resolutions fail because they don’t have an Action Plan. Failing to establish an Action Plan leads to False Starts or outright failure. This is why most Resolutions fail in the first month. You need a plan. You should use caution in your planning. Do not over plan, but do not under plan. Have measurable mile-markers to mark your progress. Keep following me on to watch me execute on my Action Plan.

If you identify and execute on these five root causes you’ll set yourself up success as we head into 2019. You know one of my resolutions now, Feel free to share yours in the comments below!