As we all leap into the New Year, few among us don't begin the year with some sense of intention--whether it's a resolution, a new goal, or a desire for change, we all hopefully have a sense of where we'd like to be and that's a great first step. But it's not effective alone.

As a quick tool to help gauge our effectiveness in achieving these intentions, let's start by using what James Clear in Atomic Habits describes as small changes to achieve big things. In practice, begin the day with a written "to-do" list and mark things off as you accomplish them. It seems simple, but there is a lot of neuroscience behind the idea of writing things down and then doing them. In short, we're more likely to do the things we write down and one "check off" encourages us to do more. Think big and do small, in other words.

Most importantly, Happy New Year and may this new chapter in our lives be one of self-reflection and self-awareness in your leadership journey.

Clark Twiddy, President of Twiddy & Company, is the author of our Leadership Corner, published on our blog the third Tuesday of each month. He can be reached at