Whew! 2016 is really over! It seem like yesterday that Olamide and Don Jazzy launched us into the New Year with their squabbles at the Headies. How was 2016? Did you manage to stick to all of your resolutions? As for me, I tried my best really, but I just couldn’t stick to my resolves past January. To be honest, resolutions are really easy to write, but hard to stick to. Nevertheless, I’m still going to be making another set of New Year resolutions. Here are a few tips I’ve made to help me stick to them.
- Be Specific and Realistic. When making your New Year resolutions, ensure that they are specific, and not all over the place. For instance, “Save More” is all over the place, as opposed to “Save 20% of my salary every month” which is a specific and better resolution to make. You should also make sure that they are realistic. Aim high, but not too high that you ignore reality. If saving 20% of your salary will become difficult for you in the long run, resolve to save 10% instead.
- Make a Plan and Work! In other to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, you need to make a step-by-step action plan on how you are going to. For resolves that seem daunting, plan a series of small steps that will help you achieve the ultimate goal. Make plans that will help you deal with temptation and overcome stumbling blocks. Then work religiously on following the plan. Avoid any and everything that will serve as an excuse for your inaction.
- Little Effort is Better than None. Be patient. Don’t give procrastination room to fester. If you can only afford to put in a little effort at a time, do so, instead of waiting for an appropriate time in future (that does not arrive) when you can put in much effort. Always strive to do the best you can, one day at a time.
- Don’t Stop even if you Fall. In trying to stick to your resolutions and achieving your goals, an important fact to accept is that slip ups will happen, and when they occur, you may fall flat on your face. However, a failure, which albeit is temporary, is not a good excuse to stop working on your resolutions. Don’t stop even if you fall, instead, acknowledge your mistakes and move on. Rebuild your self-confidence by looking at your past achievement and get back up. Adopt a resilient and persistent attitude.
- Have a Backup Plan. Be prepared for when things don’t turn out as planned. Have a backup plan, and a backup for your backup plan. Identify your obstacles and possible challenges beforehand and make plans to counter them when they arise.
One of my resolutions for 2017 is to write more, and I plan to do that by publishing at least 3 blogpost per week on Sheedart’s Space. I hope you’ll be here to read them. What are your New Year’s resolution? Share them with me in the comment box.