Thursday, January 5, 2017

Practical New Year’s Resolution

The beginning of each year brings with it the ritual of people wanting to make resolutions of what they do not want to continue with, and also setting goals of what they would like to achieve in the New Year. Research has also shown that most times, people fail to keep to the resolutions made and go back to their old ways thereby failing to achieve the desired change and progress in the New Year.

While preparing my goals and actions for 2017, I came across some tips as shared by Jon Gordon, which I consider to be very practical and easy to implement. These will help you achieve your goal of having a new dream and thinking big, resulting in maximum impact in your life notwithstanding the current economic challenge.

1) ‘Stay positive. You can listen to the cynics and believe success is impossible, or believe “with God all things are possible.”

2) Each day when you awake complete this statement: “My purpose is ____________.”

3) Take a morning walk of gratitude. It creates a fertile mind for success. You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time, and when you combine gratitude with physical exercise you give yourself a double-boost of positive energy and natural anti-depressants.

4) Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you’re going.

5) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college-kid with a maxed-out charge card!

6) Believe that everything happens for a reason, and good things come from challenging experiences.

7) Don’t waste energy on gossip...past issues...negative thoughts...and things you can’t control. Invest in the positive, present moment.

8) Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

9) Live with the 3 E’s: Energy. Enthusiasm. Empathy.

10) Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.

11) Zoom-Focus: ask yourself, “What are the three most important things I need to do today?”

12) Implement the “No complaining” rule. Complaining is like vomiting; afterwards you feel better but people around you feel sick!

13) Read more books than you did last year.

14) Get more rest. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte!

15) Before bed complete these statements: “I’m thankful for____” “Today I accomplished____”

16) Think of your mind like a garden. If you weed the negative and feed the positive for one day it doesn’t do much, but when you do it every day you create a magnificent garden.’

I look forward reading your comments on how you applied these tips and the effect it had on your successes throughout the year.


  1. Exactly what I need!thank u so much,this will help a lot!

  2. Great way to start the year. Really like No 12. Hope to keeps this ahead of me through out the year.

  3. My amiable HR. Thks for the insights. Hope to work on myself this year. I need to keep a more positive mind, push aside my past failures and fix my eyes on the bacon

  4. Hello Emmanuel,thank you for this great writeup! I like the idea of lack of or poor vision as one of the major reasons we quickly abandon commitments. Vision is critical to realise good results. I am also considering a situation where we measure progress. One of such ways is by sharing these goals with friends or even family. We can continually seek their feedback to know if we are on the right path or whether we need to make adjustments.

    Thanks again.