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Five popular New Year resolutions we never stick to

Cheers to a prosperous new year! I’m wishing you everything good that life has to give. 2024 will be a prosperous and successful year.

The proverbial “New year, new me” seems to have slowly changed over time, becoming more and more like “new year, same old.” Although we all know that deeds speak louder than words, we frequently set goals for the new year with the intention of accomplishing them by the end of the month. After a few weeks or months, these resolutions disappear along with the harmattan winds that brought them.

Why is it that we are unable to set and maintain goals? What makes checking off even two or three items on our checklists so difficult? Is it because we are too ambitious or are we just too mired in our routines that we can’t seem to break? We should ask ourselves these and many more questions. If 2024 were any other year, we would need to set reasonable goals, discipline ourselves to follow through on them, and make sure that at the end of the year, we had at least 70% of them accomplished.

Spend less/Save more – January !!! The first month of the new year and the beginning of everything. For most salaried workers, this is the longest month of the year as the gap between the December salary and that January salary is often endless. Due to this unfortunate phenomenon, many people often make a certain resolution in the new year; to spend less and save more! Easier said than done right? With the new year comes many plans and heavy expenditure. Although the resolution often says spend less, we end up spending more especially during festivities and on special occasions. Arguably, some of the spendings are out of our hands but when we can, we should try and save a lot. This resolution, no matter how difficult it is to stick with is one of the most important. The ability to effectively achieve this makes us have an amazing year.

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Five popular New Year resolutions we never stick to

Lose or gain weight – After savings comes health. This is by far the second most popular new year resolution on many people’s checklists. The keywords here are ‘’gain’’ and’’lose’’ with the latter the more frequently used. After the holidays, many people end up gaining a few more pounds. Hardly would you see a bulky person lose weight after Christmas. In the new year, many people have a checklist that indicates they want to lose a certain amount of pounds. At the end of the year, many of them are either still the same size or even a couple of pounds heavier. Funny how these people spend many hours in the gym yet come back to eat the same meals that caused the weight gain. The other side of the coin also has the select few who want to gain weight. One man’s meat they say is another’s poison. When one party is dying to lose weight, the other will do anything to gain it. The weight gain group will also eat almost everything that comes their way but will not have enough rest and often will expend all the energy derived from the food they eat. In the end, December comes and this resolution is hardly achieved.

Focus more on one’s self – Have you ever heard people say that ‘’this year is all about me’’ or ‘’it’s time to do me’’? Yes, most of you say it. Not to say it’s a bad thing to do this but have you ever weighed the advantages and disadvantages of this? Focusing more on yourself shouldn’t mean cutting everyone else out of your life. This life is not an island and you cannot live alone. However, you can concentrate more on improving yourself while you limit the indulgence of others in your life. In an attempt to balance this, many people end up losing valuable family and friends or even end up becoming lonely. Depression ca set in when you have no one to talk to or even fall on in times of need. When we encounter such situations in the early parts of the year, many of us lose hope and revert to our old ways! Where did the resolution go?

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Live life to the fullest – YOLO! You Only Live Once right? But if you live well, once is just enough. If you look through 80% of new year resolutions, you will see this. Have fun, live life, make merry and be happy is what we often put down on those checklists. We often even do this without factoring in life events and happenings. We don’t control life and things happen. Although we cannot plan to be sad, life has it’s own plans and we always have to prepare for unforeseen circumstances. These mishappenings often alter our plans of having a fun year. We may even not be able to bounce back after them. So while you can, just enjoy yourself, have fun and celebrate every happy moment.

Learn a new skill – The goal is not to end each year the way we started. Life is all about improvements in all aspects. We can and must always grow. One great way to grow is by acquiring new skills. Often we hear people talk about learning to drive, swim, cook, paint etc before the year ends. These skills are necessary for life and will be great to acquire. However, many make these resolutions but hardly fulfil them. It doesn’t take long to learn such skills therefore a year is enough time to successfully learn two or more. What do we see? The year ends with not even one skill learnt. We even end up postponing to the following year or forgetting about it completely. No matter what happens, end the year better than you started. Add up!

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All in all, new year resolutions are great and they serve as a guide to achieving greater things. No matter how you have failed to achieve them, you cannot give up. Eventually you will cross them out of that list after completion. Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? If you have, it’s about time you started working on it. You just have 12 months to accomplish them. Let’s go! If you haven’t created one yet, take a minute and draw a realistic list. Let’s make 2024 a year to remember.

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