Wikipedia captures New Year Resolution as a norm in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
As we draw close to the end of year 2017 and plunge into the New Year, 2018 full of possibilities, just as it is a common norm to make big plans for new year, there are part of our life we are to examine, some adjustment to make, things to stop and others things to start doing. Though more often than not, our big plans get dashed sometime in the early quarter of the year. Here are some common recited new years resolutions that would really improve your life and make your 2018 make sense (if only we follow them squarely).
1. Maintain Excitment:
Your energy is determined by your Joy. Norman Vincent Peale quotes:
“Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest, deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk and at yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the sme process you can build up inspiration, excitement and surging depth of joy.”
2. Be Diligent A continual working toward achieving our goals, maximizng every available resources and opportunities at our disposal with minimal errors is necessary for a significant results in the new year. We must stay focused on the task at hand because, Diligence in our business gives us the platform for trust with our associates.
3. Stay Healthy
A quality life is not determined by how wealthy or knowledgeable we are, but how healthy we live. A heathly body is a product of balance nutrition and adequate exercise.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha
4. Read books
As it is commonly said: “Readers are Leaders”. Reading exposes us to new challenge, broadens our vision and widens knowledge bank. As the year advances, there are likelihood of distracting conditions or situations around us that may make us lose sight of our goal or vision; that is why it is of necessity that we have motivational materials like books or novels at our finger tip to keep us in-check all the times.
5. Be faithful
It is commonly said: “He that is faithful in small, is faithful in big.“ How would you want anyone to trust you with something big when you are not faithful in the small things. Little things matters.
“Being faithful in the smallest things is the way to gain, maintain, and demonstrate the strength needed to accomplish something great.” ― Alex Harris
6. Develop yourself
Information is the basis for promotion. Commit yourself to daily growth in all areas. Seek not to be known but determine to know and what you know woll make you known. Be a lifelong learner and know more than whatr you know right now.
7. Live with Strong Conviction
“Do what you think is right. Don’t let people make the decision of right or wrong for you.”
― Steve Maraboli
Do what is the right and not what is convenient. Max Planck quotes: “The highest court is in the end one’s own conscience and conviction—that goes for you and for Einstein and every other physicist—and before any science there is first of all belief.”
8. Take Risk
“The uncertainties in life are so uncertain for us to determine the kind woe we shall be entangled in in the next future. When you stay dormant, your life is at risk; when you dare to take a step, you take a step to take a risk. We have a choice. Yes! a choice to choose to dare to get to our real reasons on earth or to choose to live in mediocrity and conformity, but, we ought to note that, it is riskier to risk nothing when the life we live is always at risk.” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
9. Accept New Responsibilities
Responsibilities are the price for greatness. It exposes you to new opportunities and it would take your places you never dreamed of.
“There is a single reason why 99 out of 100 average business men never become leaders. That is their unwillingness to pay the price of responsibility. By the price of responsibility I mean hard driving, continual work … the courage to make decisions, to stand the gaff … the scourging honesty of never fooling yourself about yourself. You travel the road to leadership heavily laden. While the nine-to-five-o’clock worker takes his ease, you are toiling upward through the night. Laboriously you extend your mental frontiers. Any new effort, the psychologists say, wears a new groove in the brain. And the grooves that lead to the heights are not made between nine and five. They are burned in by midnight oil.” – Owen D. Young.
10. Release the Past
You cannot claim to be facing backward and be found in te front. If you want to really attain any great feats in life and advance in the course of your life adventure, you will have to let go of the past; let go of whatever may have happened in the past and move forward. You cannot change the past; you only get the opportunity to change today and the future.
11. Start Saving
Begin the new year by saving at least, 20 percent of your income. Maintain a good saving culture. Save for the rainy day.
“A cardinal rule in budgeting and saving is to pay yourself first. Once your paycheck hits your account, wisdom has it that you should move some amount to savings even before you pay the bills.” – John Rampton
12. Avoid Procastination
Nepoleon Hill defined Procrastination as the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. Procastination is a dream killer; it will only deprive you achieving all you were suppose to accomplish.
13. No Excuses
The beginning of excuses is the failure of doing something. One reasosn many people fail in life not by the absence of opportunites by excuse making. They will get to give you a thousand and one reasons why they didnt succeed. In life, everybody is faced with choices of doing what’s easy, popular and wrong against what’s lonely, difficult, and right.
14. Be Confident
Self-sonfidence is the most attractive quality anyone can have. Discouragement, fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence, has always been the killers of prosperity and happiness of tens of thousands of people. Stay confident! Believe in yourself!
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt
15. Face your Fears
Your fears are not real; it is only as deep as the mind allows. Fear is a mind-killer;
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
16. Maintain Character
Knowledge, skill and diligence may get you to the top, but only Character can keep you at the topmost top.
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ― John Wooden
17. Maintain Healthy Relationships
Spend time with people who are born winners; who value you for who you are and not who you are not or what you have. Network with successful people; people who adds value to your life. Someone said:
“You are the average of the five (5) people you spend your time most with. “
18. Live Ready
Don’t get to wait for opprotunities; stay ready and prepare for them.
” A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”