I’m uncertain how many people set New Year’s resolutions nowadays; they’ve just seemed to fizzle out as the years have gone by.
Having a New Year’s resolution became another annual routine to fit the status quo, something you could share at socials or amongst your peer groups. Unfortunately those promises usually didn’t stand the test of time and were usually broken within days, weeks or months.
Eventually people got tired of making promises they weren’t 100% sure they were going to keep. Some choose to go with the flow in the New Year whilst others set goals. I guess it sounds more sophisticated and mature; plus you won’t get the raised eyebrow due to the stereotype of fruitless resolutions.
It was just the other day we stepped into 2016, now 12 months have passed and we stare 2017 in the face with another 12 months of possibilities ahead of us. Saying the year flew by would be an understatement, it could easily be compared to the boxing match between Phil Williams and Brandon Burke which lasted 10 secs in 2007.
I’m sure most people had an idea of how they would have like 2016 to have panned out in foresight. With that said sometimes if not most, life happens and not everything goes as smoothly or turns out how you expected them to; from breakups, to job losses, to the arrival of a baby, to the death of a loved one. You couldn’t exhaust the list of obstacles or situations that would temporarily bring your plans to a halt.
So you didn’t succeed in some ventures or not all your goals were met in 2016, does that permit you to throw in the towel? Should your dreams, aims and aspirations only exist within the constraints of your mind?
Lack of, or inability to accomplish should not be equated to failure.
What is success to you?
Success shouldn’t be envisioned as a location or destination because there’s always something you can improve on. Success is movement. It’s Progress.
Failure on the other hand is not trying. You only start to fail when you remain stagnant.
So you’ve been down in the valleys for some time now without a shadow of hope. It’s not too late to make a change. In the words of Zig Ziglar “Failure is an event, not a person; Yesterday ended Last night”
So since the 21st century has somewhat left behind “Resolutions” and has moved on to setting goals; what are your goals or aims for 2017? It’s not too late to accomplish those things you couldn’t accomplish in 2016. The biggest risk is NOT taking risks.
Five tips to accomplish your goals/ aims in 2017:
1. Firstly, Separate failure from your identity and how you see yourself.
2. Get well acquainted with your end goal/result so you don’t lose focus when the tough times come.
3. Get advice from people who have accomplished what you are trying to accomplish. Why not learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before you so you don’t have to make them.
4. Join a society of forum of like minded people trying to accomplish what you want to accomplish also. A problem shared is a problem halved.
5. Plan ahead and set realistic goals, it isn’t a bad thing to start small.
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