MARILYN ANONA writes: Let’s share our new year resolutions and get to know how many of us who are actually keeping their resolutions.

The new year comes with a lot of RESOLUTIONS. Many make plans or decide to change some aspects of their lives. People like me make a RESOLUTION to lose weight. Others may resolve to quit drinking, smoking, promiscuity etc. My question is, how many of us actually stick to our resolutions? Its just the second week of 2014 and I can tell you that most of us have forgotten that we made resolutions. Most guys resolved to quit smoking but have taken more cigarettes than food. Easiest ways to achieve your resolutions are: 1. Make just One Resolution – Most people make the mistake of trying to achieve too much or too many. The chances of success are greater when people channel their energy into changing just one aspect of their behaviour.

2. Plan about your resolution on time – Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution. Last minute decisions tend to be based on what is on your mind at that time. Instead, take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.

3. Be specific – Think through exactly what you are going to do, where you are going to do it, and at what time. Unclear plans fail. For example, instead of saying that you will go running two days of the week, tell yourself that you will run on Sundays and Saturdays at 6am.
4. Be persistent – New habits take time to learn, and once in a while you will slip up and go back to the old you. People on diets might suddenly give in to temptation, or those trying to exercise more might not find the time to go to the gym for a week. Remember that everyone messes up from time to time. Don’t blame yourself if you falter, or allow the experience to make you give up. Let’s share our new year resolutions and get to know how many of us who are actually keeping their resolutions. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

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18 comments

  1. Nice and simple tips on how to make and keep new year resolutions. The third point about being specific is really important if one is to follow through with resolutions.
    As for me my simple resolution for this year is to “BE MORE”. Be more of myself in everything I do.
    Nice post PoshMarilyn, keep it coming.

  2. ℓ̊ quit making new year resolutions long time ago becus ℓ̊ neva kept any1. ℓ̊ believe if U̶̲̥̅̊ want ² quit α bad habit den мαкє α decision ² απϑ stick ² ℓ̊†. Moreova †нε habit didn’t wait ² new year ƒσя U̶̲̥̅̊ ² start ℓ̊† S̶̲̥̅ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ quiting ℓ̊† shldnt eida.

    • Lol @ don’t wait for the new year to change a bad habit. You are correct Ikenga… The new year doesn’t come with an auto correct. But normally people see the new year or a new year rather as “new beginning” that’s why resolutions are made. Thanks sweetheart for a nice contribution.

  3. Nice piece, lemme use dz medium to share a quote “if you don’t like your current location, MOVE, you are not a tree”. I think the first step to a successful resolution is the will to change. God bless you ma

  4. Nice post Marylin, even the resolutions people make (if made truly) is through hardwork. Most of the time people make resolutions and seem really determined to go by them but later, it becomes a “coulda, woulda, shoulda done it but didn’t” thing. So focus and consistent determination and drive is neccessary.

  5. Nice post dear, the secret for success in the new year. As 2013 has wind down and we are all making new year resolution 2014 one of mine is to turn my life completely over to God and stop worrying about the future & having a successful life. Mattew 6:25-29. So people my prayer is that you will allow Jesus Christ to live his overcoming Life through you and experience his joy dis new year

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