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New Year’s Resolutions

If children and young-at-hearts write down their wish list and put it in their socks as they hang them on Christmas Eve, others try to write down their resolutions for the coming New Year. Looking at the coming year as a new chapter in life, people start to plan of new adventures, new opportunities and solutions to existing problems in order to start a new life free from worries.

People pay their debts as much as possible for the notion that they want to start the year right without any such obligations. They want to start a clean slate. Everybody wants to get things right, and some [or many] want to get things right again.

They say it is easier to start building something from zero rather than work on something that needs a lot of mending. This is because you have to worry about how you can keep the good parts while working on eliminating the bad parts. If you start from zero, you only have one goal: to do it right so you can finish it right.

People usually involve their everyday habits in their New Year’s resolutions. It could something like this:

I won’t smoke anymore.
I won’t drink anymore.
I will not curse my mom.
I will not be late in school.
I will not commit to any relationship this year.
I will ask permission from my mom if I stay out late.

The good intention of achieving such resolutions is there. Good intentions are good but not enough though. They are the precursors of potentially good actions and of potentially good results. What does it take to get something done?

It takes patience.

It takes hard work.

It requires good attitude such as a positive outlook in life.

It needs determination to get it done. You cannot succeed in a plan if you are not doing it whole-heartedly.
Motivate yourself. No one can make you carry out a task but you. You need to believe in your own capabilities.

Keep your goal in mind. Many people who make resolutions forget the goal they have planned.

Organize your plan. An organized thought and an organized method of carrying out a task helps you work more efficiently. It will also guide you on how you can proceed to the next step.

Do one step at a time. Hurrying can spoil the entire thing. It is better to do it right one step at a time than hurry up to the end but compromising the quality of the outcome. It may take more time doing it slowly, but it might even take more time if you have to go over and repeat it.

Listen to good advice. If you are making a resolution on an existing problem, you also need to consider getting good ideas on how to handle the problem. Considering other perspectives might make your project easier to accomplish.

Working on a mistake or accomplishing a goal is a learning experience. This includes learning from the wisdom of other people to add to your own wisdom.

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