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Happy Blessed New Year of 2018!

HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

A brand new year is right around the corner and for many of us, the New Year’s resolutions are something we are planning to achieve in the upcoming new year.  First, let’s define the word “resolution” and provide a little bit of history on why we create new year’s resolutions:

According to Google:  “The  ancient Babylonians are said  to have been the first peoples to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago.  They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year----though for them the year begun not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted.” 

Definition of the word “resolution”:  According to Google, the word “resolution” is:  a firm decision to do or not to do something; the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.”

A new year is a new beginning for us.  It is an opportunity for us to make new and positive changes in our health, attitudes/behaviors, career or career changes, in our relationships and in our entire lives.

Many of us have already been thinking about resolutions for the coming new year.  Some of us have them etched in  our minds.  For me, the best way is:   to list your resolutions down on paper.  Start doing this before the new year begins.

According to statistics:  “Only 8 percent of peoples actually keep their New Year’s resolutions.”  And according to U.S.News:  “While many people make New Year’s resolutions fail by February.” (Quoted from:  Bustle.com:  “Six Ways to Keep your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions”.)  These statistics makes one feel depressed and not wanting to make any new year’s resolutions.  However, I believe,  the failure for many of us to keep or achieve our new year’s resolutions stems from listing too many of them on our list, which usually results in giving up and failure and great disappointment.

Therefore, after doing much research on why most or the  majority of us who make a list of new year’s resolutions fail to keep them or even achieve them, I am providing you all with a doable, workable and achievable and most effective  tips on how to keep and achieve your list of new year’s resolutions:

  1.  Keep your resolutions manageable by choosing wisely what you would like to change or accomplish in your life.
  2. Always be simple and realistic about your resolutions/goals.
  3. Make a list of short-term goals and a separate list of long-term goals you would like to achieve in the new year.  Each of these two lists must contain a specific time-frame that you would like to achieve your goals.
  4. To avoid disappointment, discouragement, and guilt:  seek out support from your family and close friends.
  5. Try to accomplish your resolutions one step at a time.  Always be realistic and make it simple for yourself.  In other words, do NOT set goals that are unachievable. 
  6. Remember to take small steps toward each of your resolutions/goals.  Step by step is how we are able to accomplish and achieve our goals. 
  7. Keep a daily Journal of each day’s accomplishments or failures, notate your feelings, thoughts for that particular day.
  8. Always have a PLAN for each resolution that you list and ways you plan to accomplish it.
  9. Upon achieving a resolution, give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate that achievement and remember to notate this accomplishment in your daily Journal.
  10. Always remember, do not list too many resolutions on your new year’s resolutions, list because a long list will truly overwhelm you. 
  11. Take the first step.  Then small steps:  one step at a time in order to achieve your resolutions.
  12. Most importantly:  NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!  Keep on going.

(Some Excerpts from: Google & Bustle.com)

Hope all this information I have provided will  encourage and help you all in making a list of manageable/achievable resolutions for the upcoming new year.  A new year is a new beginning for all of us.   Our past mistakes/failures are gone and we must never dwell on them,  but instead look forward with a most positive attitude to rise again with new goals and a fresh new start in a brand new year.  Remember to always maintain a positive attitude and mindset and gratitude every single day.  It is something that we must all strive to do by working hard at it daily.   I, personally, have to work very hard to be positive and grateful  on a daily basis and I accomplish this by praying early in the morning and reading self- help books and reciting my favorite scriptures from the Holy Bible and favorite positive affirmations from self- help books.  Try to memorize these positive affirmations  because when you leave your front door of your home  and get into the real world and encounter negative peoples or negative situations in your work place or anywhere in this world, you will be able to overcome negativity all around you by reciting those positive affirmations in your brain or even saying them out aloud softly so you can hear them.  Try it,  you have absolutely nothing to lose but everything to gain!!

So, keep smiling, keep dancing, keep meeting new peoples on Smeet at our daily events.  Keep falling in love over and over again and remember to love one another always.  Why?  Because God is love and love conquers all evil.   If you see me around on Smeet, please do not hesitate to say “hi” and if you have any type of relationship questions or other topics you would like for me to write articles on, please do not hesitate to message me in private and I will surely answer all your questions/concerns in my column the next time. 

Wishing you and your family a most Blessed & Happy New Year of 2018 filled with good health, love, joy, happiness, peace and prosperity.  Happy Smeeting to all of you!!  <3

SAYURI, EN Smeet Journalist, ID#13520497