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“Working to keep your New Year’s resolution”

The New Year has arrived and with it the estimate that 80 per cent of youths all over the world have a New Year resolution. Aïdêè Amba, 22, a Correspondent from Calabar in Nigeria, offers some tips on keeping those resolutions.

The reason for New Year’s resolutions is that we have definitely learnt from the past year; we have gotten bigger and better. Because we want to become great men and women, we have to take a step to analyse our past year, resolute about the mistakes and come up with innovate ways to avoid the mistakes made in the past year from repeating. With these, we can become better people.

Honestly, out of the 80 per cent of youths that make resolutions, only about five per cent keep to the resolutions. The other 75 per cent repeat the same mistakes and even do worse. So you may ask, is there even a need for resolutions?

Yes, there is. The reason those 75 per cent fail with their resolution is that they lose focus and are inconsistent.

Personally, I have set resolutions several times and I have failed. I have also set resolutions and kept to them. Because I understand the youths’ struggle and share in the pain of setting resolutions and not standing by them, I want to share some of the tips that help me balance life and fulfill my resolutions.

First of all, be happy. This should be your main goal and resolution. Whatever does not bring you joy should not be part of your resolution – it has no business being there. Don’t do things because your friends or family want you to do them. Do things because you genuinely want to do them, and it makes you happy. Remember, life is too short to do what you don’t love.

Then, prioritise. Prioritising means you have to sacrifice: Go through your resolution list, decide what’s most important and achieve them accordingly. If you want to do three hours of free community service, know that you have to sacrifice your playtime for that. Have realistic life goals. Measure which one of your goals is most important and worth it. Then, try to strike a balance in your list of resolution(s) and priorities.

Next step: cut off the circle or clique. Truth be told, sometimes we youths have more friends than we need! Do you really need the friend that’s discouraging you from helping others and fulfilling your resolutions? What value do they really add to you? Are they good, kind, virtuous, helpful, selfless, or smart? If not, why are they still around you? You need to cut them off, else they’ll cut off any chance you ever had of fulfilling your resolutions. They may even pull you down with them.

Trust me, you don’t want negative vibes or unhealthy energy around you. To fulfill your resolutions, you need people who support the dream or have similar goals. Anyone who brings negative energy needs to go! For real! Surround yourself with people that build and push you to do your best. Cut off the negativity, violence, undying drama, jealousy and hate. Remember, positive energy only.

The next tip is to apply hard work, focus and consistency. You have to put in work and be consistent in order to fulfill your resolutions. Have objectives that would help you fulfill your goals. Be persistent! The great things of life don’t come that easily. But with hard work, focus and consistency, everything would fall in place and pay off.

Finally, move on. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled by past experiences. Don’t judge yourself wickedly. The past is for us to learn, while the present actions determine the future. Don’t dwell on blaming yourself for things that happened in the past. Forgive yourself, let it go and move on! Work hard while in the present and secure a better future.

These are the tips that helped me fulfill my resolutions last year.  I sincerely hope these tips will help you, too. This may sound like a very personal approach, as it is not about the government or community. But to effect change, you need to be sound and stable. And if your life is not in place, you can’t expect the community to be in place, as you can’t give what you don’t have.

On a lighter note, I wish all youths of the Commonwealth nations a happy new year and a great one at that!

Photo credit: frankieleon Peace in 2018 via photopin (license)

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About me: My name is Aïdêè Amba. I am a writer, podcaster and fashion designer. I’m a highly ambitious individual who is into a little bit of everything. I love media, fashion and advanced technology. I am an extremely creative individual with the ideology that the world can be much better. I am passionate about media and fashion. I’m a self-lover and believe in myself so much. Besides if you don’t love yourself, who will? For me, focus is major key.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/

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