At every New Year many people across the world from different faith and culture find it convenient to make resolutions. People resolve to change or do something different or achieve something new each year. They make these resolutions because they are not happy with the previous year in terms of their achievement, character and personality or they just want to do or achieve something different or greater than the previous year.

Some common New Year resolutions that people make include, ‘eat healthier/lose weight’, ‘stop drinking/quit smoking’, ‘learn something new/develop new talent’, ‘save money’ and ‘to be more organized’. These are very popular New Year resolutions among others that people make every year across the world. Actually for some people these resolutions are no longer New Year resolutions but ‘Old Year resolutions’ because they habitually make these resolutions year in year out and yet fail to keep them.

It is reported that about 99% of all New Year resolutions fail. That really is a staggering revelation. Could that be really true, or even close to the truth? To investigate this we can begin with ourselves. In 2012 what were my New Year resolutions whether mental or written down? How many of these did I keep? Come on, go ahead and ask yourself this question. Be honest. Did you really keep any of those resolutions? Maybe you started off well but did you keep on till the end of the year? Maybe you didn’t even make any resolutions at all. You stopped making New Year resolutions after many years of not keep them.

Come to think of it. Given that the failure rate of New Year resolutions is so high why would one need to make them anyway? Doesn’t it sound counterproductive to spend quality time to think and plan and make resolutions and set goals when you know quite well that the success rate is very low? Why then do people still keep making New Year resolutions and setting goals?

The reason is simple. New Year resolutions and setting goals can actually make you succeed if you eventually keep them. You are in a better off position to succeed if you set goals than if you don’t set any at all. Setting goals and making resolutions have advantages, I don’t know of any disadvantages.

The problem with resolutions some experts say, is that most people make them either (1) too big and sweeping, or (2) too ambitious. Others differ and say that people don’t set high enough goals that can excite them and motivate them to achieve them. Whatever your case may be, you can actually make resolutions you can keep and set goals you can achieve. How? Determination is the word. Whether you are making a New Year resolution, ‘Old Year’ resolution or ‘Mid Year’ resolution you need determination to be able to keep it.

So put this in mind as you make your New Year resolutions and set your new goals this 2013. If you need help on how to set goals we recommend you read our article practical tips for setting achievable goals. We also recommend that you or your employees consider attending our training programme on Personal Effectiveness or Time Management Workshop if ‘to become more organized’ is one of your New Year resolutions or goal for your employees for 2013. You may also want to check out our training calendar for the year 2013 for other relevant training programmes you need to increase your knowledge.


  1. ifeoma izedinor says

    i like this very inspirational makes u sit and re think

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