New Year Resolution – A cliché of all time


According to Wikipedia, New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behaviour, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a new year.  At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did. In fact, according to the American Medical Association, approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participated in the New Year’s resolution tradition from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls. A study found 46% of participants who made common New Year’s resolutions (e.g., weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were likely to succeed, over ten times as among those deciding to make life changes at other times of the year. Wikipedia reports.

At the beginning of a new year, people tend to always imbibe in a tradition of making new year resolution(s), a promise not to do this and to do that, some go as far as making a vow, which is a good way to start the year. We set this target with the “New Year energy” to achieve a couple of things before the year runs out. But towards the end of the year, only a few people achieve the things they projected. The question then is what could be the possible effect or what are you not doing right? Like the popular saying, “only a fool will keep repeating the same thing and expect a different result.” Do you wish for this year to be different compared to others? Well, here are a few things you need to put into consideration, which can help you achieve your new year goals. 


Not being realistic is one of the major issues that affect many New Year resolutions. People often set goals that are not realistic or much more beyond their capacity, which at the end of the year they are unable to achieve. Not that you did not set the goal but you did not weigh your capacity with the goal. Try to set goals that you will be able to achieve and not revile. This does not imply that you should not aim high. You can do that by taking one to three steps further. However, when you aim at ten steps when you are still struggling with two then you are not being realistic.  


You need to break your resolutions into sets with a duration on how and when to achieve them. On a whole, the resolution might be too ambiguous that you would not be able to achieve it at a shot, which is why you need to break it into steps and stages. The higher you rise the higher you achieve. Also, try to follow the timetable duly.


You need discipline. Some people are not disciplined enough to achieve their resolutions. Not that it is not achievable but they are too effortless about it. Until you imbibe the culture of discipline, you might not get the desired result.


What this means is that you need to have an understanding of some external factors that may affect your resolution. The more informed you are, the better your plans. Some of the things you need to keep a tab on are government policies, natural causes, economy, crisis etc. Knowing all these will help you to achieve your goals. It will also help you to know how to navigate and adjust when needed.


I put this last even though it is what you need to put first. God over everything. For some, it is not that their resolution is not achievable but they need divine help to do that and God is the only Ebenezer that can help. Until you lean on him, realizing your goals might be challenging.  


my advice for you this new year is that you should try something new and if you do not like the result you had last year or you want to achieve more, then try to do things in a different and better way.

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