About New Year Resolutions..
Usually between the end of every outgoing year and the onset of a new
year, a whole lot of people starts observing a tradition they normally
wouldn’t do, they make what is called new year resolutions and promise
themselves to or not to do some certain things, drop some habits
and/or take up a new one, the list is endless.
The resolve you see in their eyes and the determination when these
resolutions are being made are usually strong and seem really
unfailing that youl’d almost feel nothing CAN stop this person from
accomplishing these until you start to see the resolve dwindle as each
day passes by and the question you then ask yourself is …where did
all that energy go to?
You see, I am beginning to think for a fact that the whole ‘new year
resolution’ tradition is a bit overrated at times, I mean how can
someone just wake up one morning and think because its a certain date
on some calendar then some things in your life should just go away
with the date? Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to aspire for a
better you, infact it is what I preach everytime but please, if you
could easily ‘wish’ it away on a calendar date termed ‘new year’ then
I suppose you might as well ‘wish’ it away any other day of the year.
It is always said that there is no better time than now, that involves
making resolutions. I think resolutions should be made every second of
every minute of every hour of every day of our lives, afterall
perfection is a function of habits and habits aren’t just formed by
I started the year with a worksheet that I call my ‘life plan’, its
more like a roadmap of what I plan to do with my entire life as far as
I know it and at what stage I plan for something to happen. It was a
fantastic invention that came to me after reading an article online
and the ‘typical me’ developed what I read into a unique ‘complicated’
worksheet (I can send anyone who is interested the template) yet the
most interesting part of it all was putting a very unrealistic
deadline for them all, oh! It all has to happen this year…maybe
because I felt the energy with which the document was created was
going to be same for its accomplishment which in real life turned out
not to be so, for some reason I felt I could turn everything around in
less than 365 days.
Please don’t misunderstand me, roadmaps are amazing, resolutions are
awesome, it just doesn’t have to take a calendar date to determine
when you decide to change what needs to be changed. If you noticed
that you were overweight for instance, would you rather wait till the
new calendar year before you plan towards fixing that, until illnesses
that accompanies such weight comes knocking down your door or wouldn’t
you rather start working towards managing the situation RIGHT NOW?
A very smart friend of mine told me recently that its not about how
fast or slowly you’re going, its about the direction, your
destination. Just like goals, resolutions needs to have some
recommended requirements, they have to be Specific, Measurable,
Achievable, Realistic and Time framed.
In all of this, remember, date is just a number, don’t let it
determine your destiny, destination and most of all, your happiness.
To achieve anything worth achieving, your intentions for its
achievement needs to be clear, your milestones needs to be gradually
attained and celebrated and most of all, your happiness must be
UNCOMPROMISED. After all, what is the point in embarking on a journey
if it won’t be enjoyed.
Steps to achieving those resolutions
1. Set a clear goal, be sure of your destination
2. Clarify your motive for its accomplishment, if satisfying others is
your main aim then you are set for an unhappy journey
3. Get the basics right. The basic for any accomplishment in life that
I find is discipline. (we’ll address this in another article)
4. Start the Journey, slowly yet surely
5. Celebrate your accomplishments, set little milestones along your
path of accomplishing the desired result as is in Project Management,
every milestone reached is an indication of a progressive journey.
You have decided to embark on a journey, enjoy the scenery along the
way, have fun accomplishing them and the sky would be your starting
Keep on succeeding