Happy New Year Beautiful People!
I’d still say 2016 was rather fast, but oh well, it’s over already and it’s the beginning of another year. Last year was well spent, amidst the national challenges, there are still so many things to be grateful for.
It’s more like a tradition to have resolutions at every beginning of the year, we make up our minds on some decisions and promise ourselves to fulfill them. As much as I think it is necessary to have New Year’s resolutions, I also think it doesn’t just have to be at the beginning of a new year. Resolutions shouldn’t be made at some particular time, it should be part of our daily lives, even. Maybe that’s why most people find themselves totally out of the resolutions they’ve made, because they just attribute it to the beginning of the year and before January is over, they don’t pay attention to the resolutions anymore.
What is my point here? New Year’s resolutions are important and necessary, but we should remind ourselves of them every day, so as to pay attention to them, thereby making them happen.
- Write them down.
Not just on a sheet of paper, write them somewhere you would always refer to and get reminded. Let’s go a bit scriptural, Habakkuk 2:2-3 says,
“Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Writing isn’t just for the sake of it. You see, God even instructed us to write the vision, why? “…that he may run that reads it”, to me, this means, when it is written down and you read it, you work towards it because you’re reminded. So, write down your resolutions and refer to them daily or often enough.
- Clarify your resolutions.
Make your resolutions clear so they are actively tracked. A resolution of studying the Bible more often is vague, you might not even know when you’ve achieved your goal. The best way is to make the resolution easily achievable, take for example, instead of stating that you’ll study the Bible more often, you could write “I’ll study the Bible twice in a day”, this way, you would be able to track your progress and know if you’ve slacked on it and if you’ve achieved it. A resolution of reading more, you could make it clearer by reading two books in a month.
- Take actions.
It’s one thing to wishfully think that you’ll lose some weight, it’s another thing to carry out exercises and eat right. Resolutions aren’t just about writing them down and going through them daily, actions must be taken to make them happen. It’s one thing to make a decision, it’s another to take actions and make them happen. You want a better and happier life, what deliberate actions are you taking to achieve that? Back up your goals with deliberate actions, it is the fuel to support your efforts.
- You will be criticized, but…
One thing I’ve come to realize about life is to just do whatever it is I want to, because if you end up doing something at all, good or bad, you get criticized and hated by some. It’s just life, I guess. So, why compromise because of some individuals that just have a problem with you? Whether you like it or not, people will complain about what you do and what you do not do. Do not cloud your mind with the opinions of others about life, be yourself.
A friend of mine wanted to lose some weight, but people discouraged her, telling her she looked beautiful the way she was and didn’t need any form of exercise. Thank God she didn’t listen. After she achieved her aim and shed some weight, guess what people who discouraged her said to her, “oh wow! You look so much better now!”. Can you imagine that? Don’t let the opinion of others deprive from doing what you want to do.
- Realize the reasons and benefits of your resolutions and stay motivated.
What are the reasons behind your resolutions and what are the benefits also? Knowing these will surely keep you motivated. Of course, the reason behind a resolution to workout often is to look better and healthier, this will keep you on the move. A reason behind reading more often could be to be more fluent in speaking and learn new words, realizing this and having it in mind will keep you motivated. Realizing the reasons and benefits of your resolutions will keep you motivated and you’ll find it difficult to quit.
- Resolution to stay away from something? Replace with something better.
Let’s be realistic, it isn’t easy to quit something you’re used to, it isn’t. so, think about replacing that act with something more productive. This way, you wouldn’t feel so deprived, because at some point, you could find yourself repeating what you’re trying hard to stay away from. There is nothing about self-deprivation, you just feel bad and that’s not good. So, instead of giving up something totally, replace it with something better, that’s empowering.
Most people don’t want to hear about this, but it’s one thing to succeed with all the resolutions you’ve made. When we open our hearts to God, it’s pleasing to Him and He answers us. James 5:16 says, “…the prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” As long as you’re on the right stand with God, your prayers are acceptable and answered and so whatsoever case you place before Him, it’s settled.
New Year’s resolutions are important, in so far as it’s to bettering one’s self. Having a positive mental attitude is necessary in achieving one’s goals, a positive attitude commands positive things. If you want to make more money, change the mindset that it is difficult to do so, and just work hard towards your goal. Happy 2017!
PS: One of my resolutions this year is to blog more consistently, create more useful content and make more friends in the blogosphere. So, I would love to hear from you through your comments, it means a lot to me.
pps: I plan to share interesting facts on each post too! I saw the full meaning of the word “Google” somewhere and was amazed, because I never thought it had a full meaning. GOOGLE means “Global Organization of Oriented Group Language on Earth”. Interesting, isn’t it?