New Year Resolutions

I’m surrounded by talk about New Year’s resolutions and making some myself.

The word resolution is used in all sorts of contexts. In politics, resolutions are passed at conferences – so they have support. In photography, images have high resolution – so they have detail. In the resolution to a problem, the starting point is to define the problem accurately, before finding a resolution.

This got me thinking that resolutions need support, they need to be precise and they need to be addressing the heart of the problem: they require support, precision and clarity.

In 1955 Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham came up with a model of enhancing self-knowledge now known as Johari’s window. It has 4 quadrants, also known as window panes:

Open Area – what we ourselves and others know about us
Facade – what we know about ourselves but is not known by others
Blind Area – what others know about us but we don’t know
Unknown Area- what is unknown about ourselves both to us and to others


Window panes

Window panes

Each pane may reduce or increase in size to reflect the current level of self-awareness of the individual. Seeking feedback from others can reduce blind spots, disclosing information to others can reduce the façade and in depth self-reflection can reduce the unknown area. All of these increase the open area, self-knowledge.

So now I’m wondering if all successful resolutions, whether made with or without coaching support, have clarity, precision and support based on good self-knowledge.