©Victoria Joseph

It’s very easy for us to make resolutions each year but it’s hard for us to keep to them because of factors such as time, strong will, etc. With each new year, our resolutions either change or remain the same as the previous years and it can quickly become discouraging when after a month or two you haven’t really achieved any of your goals.

But don’t lose hope! It’s possible that you’ll still be able to achieve some of those goals – if not all (if you persevere and are patient). In the meantime, I’m as excited as you are about this new year and I have a few tips that, if followed diligently, will not just make this year a memorable one for you, but will also encourage you to make decisions that will help you to become a better version of yourself, and which will last you a lifetime and be of benefit to you and your family/loved ones.

  1. Practice Self-Love: Self-love isn’t just a state of feeling good about yourself, it also has to do with appreciating oneself through actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. In order to practise self-love, start by doing these few things: take better care of your basic needs like nutrition, physical appearance, etc. Whether in good or bad times, be kind and compassionate to yourself; don’t criticize or judge yourself. The way we regard ourselves is the same way others will regard us. Even the bible teaches us to love one another as we love ourselves. So if we can’t love ourselves first, how can we expect someone else to love us?
  2. Make Your Family And Loved Ones An Important Part Of Your Life: The truth is there are a lot of us who neglect our family members and loved ones not because we don’t love them, but because we think we have more important things to do than to be making phone calls to them, or we just don’t have the resources. I used to be this way until I started dating the guy whom I’m currently in a relationship with. Through his actions, I realized the importance of keeping in touch with my friends and family. This step isn’t easy peasy but it’s doable, so start making the effort to strengthen your bond with your loved ones today.
  3. Learn A New Skill: We all have talents. We’re all good at something/some things. Learning a new skill could involve taking up another aspect or variation of something you’re very good at, or learning something entirely different. Either way, you’ll be acquiring new knowledge that could come in handy someday.
  4. Go Out More: If you’re an extrovert, this shouldn’t be a problem. You probably already love the outdoors. But if you’re an introvert like me and you don’t go out much, then you should make an effort to go out a bit more often than you’re used to. I know it’s not so easy, but it’s good to know what’s happening out there. I realized this when I stepped out of my house one morning and saw that the roads leading from my area to another nearby area were under construction. They seemed to have gone far in their work and I was only finding out that morning!
  5. Have Fun: This doesn’t necessarily mean going out and having a party or something, because that’s what a lot of people think having fun is all about. You could just do something that you love and tweak it to be exciting and somewhat new. It’s all about being happy and excited.

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