Why new year resolutions are really important

If anyone had told me I would stay three months away from this blog of mine for ANY reason, I would have placed my hand on grandpa’s grave to swear never. This is my awkward way of apologizing.

Anyway, I went through some pretty tough times emotionally, which tested my personality quite harshly, and I’m glad to say I’m in a better place now.

On entering the new year, I made a rough list if resolutions that I intend to stand by. Most people think of new year resolutions as pretty lame stuff, but trust me, they’re not. Some of us also go about it wrongly. If perhaps, you’re a goal oriented person and you plan to save half a million this year and it turns out you only saved 350,000, it’s not something you’re supposed to kill yourself over. You replan  for another year, trying new strategies that have the strengths the old ones didn’t, and you achieve what you want!

What I have learned about making resolutions though, is not to focus solely on goals, but on self development and fulfilment while working towards my goals and even after having achieved them. Looking at the goal alone makes you suddenly bereft when you’ve achieved it and seemingly have no challenge ahead anymore.

This year, I decided to go with the Pope’s list. It pretty much summed up all I had already drawn up, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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I had an “ouch” moment when I read number 2. I still struggle with finishing my meals when I eat alone. Of all the things! 😢

All in all, I resolved to be more hands on in my approach to life and helping others. So far, these have guided me really well, and it’s just one month gone. If you haven’t made one, it’s not late yet. In addition, I made a few more.

1. Do not dwell on the “what ifs”  and the “would have beens” from your past. Look to what lies ahead.

2. Visit your bucket list more often and everytime you do, take an item off it. Live.

3. Do not buy what you do not need.

4. Work like you have no one but yourself, and pray like you have no one but God.

5. Blog more often. Shorter posts, more pictures. 😁

It’s also not just about writing resolutions. It’s about visiting them often to see that you’re still in line and they’re not just a to do list for the month of January.

What are your resolutions like? Anything unusual? Anything you’d like to share? Anything at all? I’m happy to hear them! Drop them right in the comment box and let’s all get a-learning.

On this note, I wish you a happy new year! Like my people say, Whatever time a man wakes up, that is his morning. 

Looking forward to more posts this year, and I hope all your plans for 2017 come through!

Kisses and hugs,

Sincerely, Chibugo.

6 thoughts on “Why new year resolutions are really important

  1. And I thought I’m the only one who has issues with finishing my meal when I eat alone…

    Thank God you’re back dearie, I was beginning to wonder oo!

  2. Welcome back. I missed your blogs. I miss you. And I did not make any resolutions this year#sad huh. I saw the Pope’s list earlier in the year and I was like “way to go!”. But I haven’t given it any thoughts since. Well, like you said, this might just be my morning.
    PS: I’m glad you are in a better place now.

  3. Nice one. Learned a few things. To focus on self development and fulfillment while working towards my goals and not to dwell on what ifs or would have been from the past when there is a whole bright future to look forward to.

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