The new year has finally settled in, it's exactly 22 days, 528 hours, 31680 minutes and 1900800 seconds lost into the new year. While the birth of a new year is an exciting time as everyone rejoices for a new era of growth and development. The heaviness of the previous year’s troubles is then overshadowed by the joy of having an extra year of life.
For some people it was the climax of a victorious year immersed in opportunities and tremendous achievements. Unfortunately, for others it was the dim light at the end of the tunnel to which they bravely strolled towards, to escape the gloom of the previous year’s challenges and setbacks.
With new year comes plans and milestones we hope to reach during the 12 months ahead of us. The year begins with personal ambitions we want to realise. Within everyone’s mind is a vast deposit of goals they want to attain, fears they wish to conquer, resolutions they intend to meet and a purpose they wish to fulfill.
We all begin the year with unbeatable enthusiasm but along the way, “life” happens to us and we soon back down from the ring of winners we all committed to at the beginning. We seem to lose the belief we held of meeting all our plans along the way.
What happens during the 12 months of every year that separates those who emerge as victors and those who don’t?
Statistics shows that 75% of people keep their new year resolutions up to the 1st week, 71% in the 2nd week, 64% in the 4th week and only 46% stick to them till half of the year.
Here are 5 things that make the difference between people within every year.
1. Carrying Buggage:
The world is a very unfair place and it beats all of us down at some point. We all have a fair share of that experience. Some people let circumstances define who they are by embracing all the negativity they carry which devour their motivation for life. Everyone has bad days but if you don’t leave them in the previous year, they will surely impair this year’s plans. “the past is dead except for the life you give it”- Myles Munroe
2. Having no Strategic Plans and Goals.
It is said “the first stage of failure is failing to plan.” Sadly, this is a bad habit that engulfs numerous people. We start prophesying the many resolutions and goals we hope to achieve but it only goes as far as our speech ends and we forget to write anything down. With the busyness of life, we soon forget what we set out to do and end up living each day “normally” until the year ends with no goals achieved.
3. Forming the Right Habits through Self Discipline.
Napoleon Hill says “the mind is an animal of habit.” Anything, good or bad that you continuously engage in, conditions the mind to embrace the habit, which then governs your life. It takes a lot of self-control to kick out bad habits, whether in behavior, finances or relationships. Equally, self-discipline is the foundation for attaining success at any goal one sets.
4. Persistence with a positive Attitude.
We always expect the best but rarely prepare for the worst. Every plan or goal we set, attracts both positive and negative associations. The trick lies in embracing all the positive energy whenever it is available and using it to buffer all the negativity that comes along the way. This should be coupled up with boundless persistence during all the bad times, because they will surely come but stick to the simple truth, “the harder you work, the luckier you get.”
5. Having a Life of Purpose
This is the most important of all because without it, the rest crumble. Everything operates in a mechanism aimed at meeting the purpose for which it was created and that applies to everyone as well. Purpose determines what goals to pursue, which habits to embrace and it is biggest driving force anyone can have when planning to succeed at something. With the knowledge of one’s purpose in life, the sky is the only limit to the success one can have.
I wish you a happy fruitful New Year.
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