Are You Sticking to Your New Year Resolutions?

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed

Cavett Robert

Truer words than that couldn’t be spoken. Now that we are almost at the end of the first quarter of the year 2020, how has the new year’s resolutions you wrote earlier turned out? That is if you wrote any at all.

We all know the good old tradition of setting resolutions when the year begins. However, when we look at the course of the year in retrospect, do we really achieve these resolutions?

I know you’ve probably been a victim and, I am not an exception either but, this doesn’t mean the narrative should remain the same. As such, I’m encouraging you to go for it. The goals you’ve set are worth fulfilling so you need to get up and get them done because no one else is going to do it for you.

Mentioned below is a list of foundational tips that will set you on the right track or bring you back on the right track if you ever drifted away. Enjoy!

1. Prioritize What is Most Important

One reason why we fail to achieve our goals is that we try to achieve too many things at the same time. Doing this means we are prioritizing efficiency over effectiveness and, trust me, there is nothing wrong with being efficient but when it’s pursued at the expense of being truly productive then there is a problem.

In this era of hustling and grinding, it’s easy to shift our attention from what’s most important to what seems to be important. So, we get preoccupied, doing a lot of things in an attempt to build success, oblivious of the fact that it’s just a facade.

That is why it’s important for you as an individual to embrace introspection. Ask yourself why you do the things you do. Your ability to press on in life should be fueled by purpose and, not by external pressure. Set meaningful goals driven by true purpose.

2. Stay Motivated

A definite way of making high energy and enthusiasm fade away fast is waiting to reward yourself only when the big picture finally comes to fruition.

We all know the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. So, for every step you take, practice gratitude. Celebrate the small wins. Even if such an act seems insignificant, know that it is taking you a step closer towards your dreams.

3. Learn to Say No

A lot of things are going to come your way calling for your attention but not every activity or opportunity is worth your reaction.

Some things and even people are not worth your time. Not because they are bad in of themselves but, because they do not align with your most important goals.

That is why it’s important to learn the art of saying no. Say it gracefully and confidently. Bear this in mind you are not responsible for peoples feelings so quit dishing out yeses to people at the expense of your own happiness.

4. Write down your Goals

Reading that might sound funny because, I know you think I ought to know that you definitely already wrote your goals but, I want to believe that you only wrote those goals on the 1st of January and stopped right there.

It is not enough to just set yearly goals. Setting smaller goals such as monthly, weekly and, daily goals are also highly essential in actualizing one’s resolutions.

Doing so makes you stay in constant touch thereby, eliminating the probability of leaving your resolutions on the sidelines.

5. Have the Right Mindset towards Success

The biggest change that could ever take place is not a change in your environment but a change in your mind. In order to see your goals come alive, you need some basic mindset shifts.

First, Leave room for error. Read that again so it really sinks in. Life is not a smooth mountain, so expect detours, challenges and setbacks.

At least, we are greatly consoled by the fact that in the midst of these things, compassion, gratitude and patience are birthed.

So, anticipate slip-ups and, guess what? It is okay to procrastinate and I know it sounds like very bad advice but hear me out. One moment of weakness isn’t going to affect the grand scheme of things. Some of the excuses we make are legit,, so forgive yourself. Just move on and do better.

Second, Progress is a Process. Progress is gradual. Slow progress is better than no progress at all. It’s easy to feel frustrated when it seems as if we are getting very little returns from very big investments.

In such moments, just take your eyes off of the big picture and focus on the immediate smaller tasks at hand. You will get there. Just keep grinding.

Third, Never underestimate the power of consistency. Your small everyday actions compounded over time make all the difference in either leading you down a path of success or a path of failure.

6. There is no such thing as Something for Nothing

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. No pain No gain isn’t a phrase without substance. You want to be healthier? You’ve got to put in the work. You want better grades as a student? You’ve got to put in the work. You want to advance your career? You’ve got to put in the work.

If you have to sacrifice sleep, time and, resources to see your resolutions come to pass, do it. It will be worth it in the end.

I hope these tips help you make the year 2020 your most wonderful year yet. Keep Moving!


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