Everyone practically gets a chance to feel like a new born every first of January. Believe me it is not just something to do with the culture of New Year resolutions.
Once its 12am, there is this surge of freshness that flows through you. At that instant you feel hopeful and joyful about an open check of 52 weeks. What are you going to do with it?
And here comes the resolutions;
• Steps of personal improvement
• Steps towards financial freedom
• Steps toward building or stabilizing a career
• Steps toward starting a family
• Steps towards touching and improving more lives.
However what many of us forget to do before writing another to do list is to evaluate how we spent the last open check of 52 weeks. Why the plans succeeded or failed.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS WORK
Resolutions are great in fact resolutions are key. The very first mistake we make in the year is thinking that resolutions are just supposed to happen because it’s a new year.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
According to an African proverb, tomorrow belongs to the persons who prepare for it today. So if the idea of resolutions should not just be something everybody does but something that puts you into perspective of how you want your year to go and something that reminds you of the importance of planning.
1. GET THE PROGRESS REPORT OF YOUR PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS
Every great person knows the importance of learning from experience. The failings and successes in our journeys prepare us for the future. How far did you get in achieving those goals, what bottlenecks did you encounter, etc. what was your greatest accomplishment in the previous year, what was your deepest regret.
2. WHAT FUTURE DO YOU SEE
If you do not see anything for yourself or of yourself in the future then a plan is definitely a luxury you cannot afford. Take the chance given to you and dream. If you want to quit certain habits, start up a career, a relationship, make more money, become a force in the world; anything at all—-DREAM!
3. MAP OUT A PLAN
You are allowed to dream and hope and imagine but the castles in your head are not going to build themselves. Every good builder knows the importance of a plan.
• PLAN ON PAPER: planning your future is essentially planning a transaction with destiny so treat it with the same regard as you would a business plan. Do not just keep it in your head where it is easy to eliminate, put your goals down and strategize. Think and research steps that will help you achieve success.
• RANK YOUR GOALS: as much as all of your goals are important to you, some are more important so rank your goals. Start with the most important or profitable ones. According to Brain Tracy, “EAT YOUR BIGGEST FROG FIRST”.
• SET TIME LIMITS: if you have read HOW TO DELIVER PROJECTS ON TIME, you would discover that there is more to being timely than finishing a task before 12pm. Time yourself so that you can be accountable. Time yourself so that by the time you achieve your goals, it won’t be too late or useless to you.
• VOICE OUT YOUR GOALS: sometimes what makes people push themselves until they reach the finish line is not their own resolve, it is the number of eyes on them. So tell it on the mountains. People will push you.