If you have to do it, then do it right…

Happy New Year to all Nubian Times readers and their families. Hope you all have a fantastic 2017.

Now, some of you will know that I am not a fan of New Year resolutions. Not because I am a kill joy, I just prefer SMART goals. Never the less, many of you are keen on New Year resolutions, so I have some advice which may help you to persevere with them.

Firstly, it is a fact that most of us will fail our New Year resolutions. Actually only 8% of us will be successful (according to Scranton University in USA).

In general, we fail because the resolutions we set are unrealistic, we set far too many, we try to compete with our friends and families unrealistic goals and the timescales we set are themselves nonsensical.

What makes the situation worse is that we feel like failures when we struggle to stick with and accomplish our resolutions.

So, if you want to stick with your resolutions you should:

Just pick one thing and focus all of your energy on that. Try to keep it small and then when you have achieved it, move onto another one.

Try and avoid previous resolutions as they may affect your confidence and motivation. Never go back…

Set a time scale and be realistic.

Try not to follow the crowd. Set a resolution that is really important to you. Don’t go with the latest fads or the latest thing on social media.

If you are like me and you are not a fan of resolutions, then why not think about key principles that you want to live by or endorse for 2017. They could include:

Complain less and be thankful for what you have and what you have achieved. There are many people around the world who would do anything to have the life that you have. It’s all relative.

Remind yourself every day, that you are awesome and special. You deserve the best.

Stay focused, stay blessed and have a wonderful 2017.

David Okoro

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