First off I want to welcome you all my friends, my family and beloved readers into the New Year, it’s an honor to have you with me in this New Year’s roller coaster. Yes, with the many blog posts I have planned, you ought to strap yourselves in, because this truly is going to be a Rollercoaster.
Happy New Year Everybody!
That said, I understand that as a culture, we always feel like we are being driven towards accomplishing certain things in our lives. And this is usually brought about by a number of factors (which I won’t get into today) but to mention that a start of a new year to a anyone is such an opportune time to get down to the drawing board and draw out an awesome plan for anything and everything you need to plan for, in this case being 2015.
I don’t know about you but as the year begins, I tend to think of the New Year and what kind of resolutions I need to devise in order to deal with all the lacking aspects of my life completely, (and or goals I’d like to achieve) this always comes down to the many things I need done in order to achieve these goals and resolutions. (Read: to-do list). It’s a good habit to set resolutions/goals, it doesn’t matter if they are yearly, quarterly or bi-annual. According to the Bible;
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish”
I know you must be wondering, why am saying all this, I know that most times when we set resolutions, goals or guidelines to help us achieve what we aim to, we end up not achieving any of them, and I know you will agree with me that at the start we are always pumped about everything, knowing we can do it, we can this one time in our lives still make resolutions and follow through with them. Basically it might be because we think these resolutions seem like they are very easy and achieve-able, but we still fail to pull through!
In this post are a few things that I would like to suggest for those of you who want a difference this year, for those who wish to achieve at least a goal this year. Oh no, it’s not for those who have failed to set a single resolution, though we hope they will be encouraged to follow in the spirit.
- First off, Set Resolutions and start working on them Today!
- Always remember to set SMART Goals/Resolutions. Am not really talking about Smart telecom (just in case you were wondering.) SMART is an acronym and mnemonic that provides a framework for thinking about goals.
- S – Specific (or significant)
- M – Measurable (or meaningful)
- A – Attainable (or action-oriented)
- R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
- T – Time bound (or Track able)
- In keeping with SMART, make sure your goals are Time-bound. Set yourself a deadline for meeting the goals, by doing this, your urgency increases monumentally. Without a deadline, you’re just kind of along for the ride, paddling downstream, maddeningly unaware of where the finish line is.
- Set Priorities: this in every way should be very self-explanatory, be sure to separate the most important goals from the most urgent or immediate goals. Some may classify them as both big and small goals. In all, you need to realize that if you can’t do a little thing right, then you most probably won’t know how to go about a big goal!
- Team work (Seek help): single out the people or things you know you’ll need to achieve any of your set goals, we all know nothing ever got done by a single soul (God is an exception here). You need to realize that working with others is one of the quickest ways to accomplishing all you need to accomplish. Set that as a resolution if you have to, Look at it as boat paddling. You can’t do it all alone!
- Don’t under estimate others, Measure the people you are working with by size of their heart and not the size of their bodies or else you will be misled.
- Be Prepared. You have been here before, yes? You know what to expect from the process. Be prepared to face all the failures and hardships that come with trying to get something done, don’t be afraid of circuses (failures and hardships) always remember that everyone goes through them and well, people always go past most of these hardships.
- Take risks. Don’t be afraid to take risks. This is just one of the very many ways we fail to accomplish or meet our goals.
- Imagine yourself accomplishing your goals. Where are you? How did you get there? Don’t be swayed easily by the noise going on outside. Remember the goals and you will have control over the discomforts and difficulties.
- Don’t give up. No matter what happens, don’t give up, only keep moving forward, and keep your sight on the task at hand. Inspire yourself with success stories, inspirational quotes and or songs. Celebrate benchmarks or milestones. Be passionate about what you are working towards. And most of all revisit, evaluate and if necessary adjust your goals.
lastly have sometime to pray, because prayer does not change God, but it changes you!
If you add this to your daily routine, and it does not work out for you, it’s okay. Figure yourself out and find what works well with you. I have achieved very many things and hit many targets in my targets, thanks to all these above.