February 8, 2023

2023 is just a few days ahead and asides the many celebrations and festivities, there is the rampant charge about New Year’s resolutions. This mantra becomes so popular during December of the previous year and slowly fades off around March of the next year. But what are New Year’s resolutions, why do people hold onto them and what becomes of it?

New Year resolutions are dreams, goals and plans a person sets in order to effect a change in parts or all of her/his life. It could be financial, physical, emotional, career or family goals. A year about to end sparks a wakeup call to people who want something more for themselves. It tells them, ‘you have another chance, don’t let it slip’ and so people draw up resolutions to put their minds in focus of what they must achieve before the end of the following year.

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In light of this, here are a few things to do to make sure you are on the right track with your resolutions.

Define your goals: It is easier to say, ‘I want to be a billionaire by the end of 2023’ but is this what you really want or what you truly seek is the independence that comes with being ‘financially free’. You want a car? What model? In what colour? What year was it made? You have to set clearly defined goals to know exactly how to plan for them.

Plan: Let me be blunt as possible, you will do nothing, or accomplish nothing without planning. Those goals set by you would not see the light of day if you don’t separate them into step by step processes or activities. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. And the best way to actualize anything is to go slowly. Break those goals down to tiny bits and begin working on them.

Research: Knowledge is power. It pays more to work smarter so finding the right access to information is key. Remember that wherever you want to be has been passed through by another person. Build on their resources, take their advice. Do not waste precious time climbing a fence when you can get a key to the door.

Prepare for setbacks: No one goes into something e.g. a business, with the idea of failing, but most businesses fail, and that’s okay. The most important thing is to prepare for it mentally and otherwise. Certain outcomes would leave you feeling sad and wanting to quit your goals, but if that was what Mark Zukerberg did, Facebook would probably not be around. Learn from setbacks and fire again. You’ve got this.

Surround yourself with people of same goals and mindset: This is a no brainer. The people you surround yourself with have direct influence on how you do things. So if you’re serious about your goals, having people with the same mindset helps you with discipline and accountability. Their progress would stir you to keep pushing and breaking new bounds. Your goals would not only be easier to achieve, problems encountered would be easier to solve.

Be disciplined: You cannot go far in life without discipline. No matter your interest or goal or talent, a disciplined person would outwork and overshadow you every time. You want to hit the gym, get that scholarship, pass the exam, you would need to be consistent enough to see results.

Celebrate your little wins: With every milestone you hit, however small you think they are, make sure you do something in turn for yourself to celebrate it. If your goal was to hit 1k subscribers on YouTube, buy something for yourself or go out on a solo date. Whatever you do, hold on to the moments that make you feel happy in your journey as they would be an incentive to keep onto that commitment.

New Year resolutions are easy to make, what matters is the commitment and dedication put to make it a reality. That being said, you need to be fully aware of your distractions and how to curb them. Remember, anyone can be anything if they set their mind to it.

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