Last year a lot of people set out to accomplish one form of resolution or the other and they didn’t. This happened the previous year and the year before that. Truth is that it is quite simple to write a long list of what one intends to achieve in a new year. In fact, it is the easiest way of letting oneself off the hook and shying away from responsibility. So at the beginning of every new year, many people say: “I couldn’t achieve that dream last year but I will accomplish it this year, as it is a brand new start.” Well, enough of New Year’s resolution. Stop dreaming and start acting.
It is commonly said that one cannot do the same thing over and over again, and expect a different result. So this year, rather than drawing up the usual long list of dreams, set out to live those dreams. It is only a matter of setting priorities right and doing the right things at the right time. Here are a few tips that could also help:
• Set goals with action plans: A goal without a plan is only a wish. In fact, if wishes were even horses, there would be none left to be ridden. So, stop wishing and start taking action. Break goals into objectives and objectives into monthly, weekly and daily targets. Design a road map for the destination you are headed for and start the journey now.
• Make each day count: Each second, each minute, each hour and each day is critical to achieving your dreams. Do not leave for tomorrow, what can be done today. Remember that if one cannot be faithful to daily task in 365 days, that beautiful dream would appear again in the next year’s resolution.
• Stop Complaining: One habit that should be dropped this year is complaining. It is not only bad for one’s health; but also detrimental to one’s brain. According to a research by Stanford University, complaining shrinks the hippocampus (a part of the brain needed for intelligent thought and problem solving). Hence, decide today to take hold of opportunities, rather than complain about what government is not doing right.
• Try out something new: If it has not been done before then it is definitely worth trying. The role of innovation in this 21st century cannot be overemphasized. Rather than new resolutions, it is time to think of a new product to create, a new service to render, or even a new way of solving that ancient problem. Remember that there is a 90% of the human brain that is waiting to be utilized. Move out of your comfort zone and activate it by trying something new.
• Invest in self-development: In his award winning book, Stephen Covey paints a picture of using a blunt axe to cut down a huge tree. It is no doubt that such action is definitely exhausting. Well, this will be the case if one does not invest in self-development. Taking time to acquire the right skills, knowledge and attitude helps to position one for greater success. In all, note that problem solving and digital skills are two most important skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.
So, enough of New Year’s resolution! Start taking actions!