How to make the most of a New Year

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Every time a year nears its end, we are awaken to changes that need to take place in our lives. These usually come in the form of New Year’s resolution. Resolutions differ from person to person, whether personal, financial and professional or even something as simple as smiling more and liking people’s baby picture posts on Facebook, they are made for a reason. Usually because we know that there is always room for improvement in our lives. Although the majority of us mortals struggle to commit to our goals, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Below are a few tips to keep staying on track

  1. Keep moving forward

This simply says just because you’ve failed dismally in the past, it doesn’t mean you’re a hopeless failure who won’t succeed this time around. Do not deter from making resolutions simply because you’ve never been successful in committing to them. It’s in your nature to always keep trying and you will get it right, because what is life if not growth.

  1. Count your blessings

Before you embark on a journey to obtain everything you’ve ever wanted in life, remember, everything you have. Once upon a time they were just things you could only dream of. Look at all your accomplishments thus far, how hard did you work to achieve them? What was the source of support? At closer examination you may discover that in lacking what you’ve always wanted you’ve received everything you need. Things like family, good health and a strong spirit are priceless and you have received it for nothing. The more you are grateful about, the more you’ll have to be grateful for.


  1. Stop crying over spilt milk

Spilt milk are sunk costs. This is the economic term for costs incurred that cannot be recovered, such costs like non-refundable deposit, college tuition (regardless if degree was obtained) but they can also be non-monetary, such as promises that need to be seen through to the end. This matters because, once you realize what the sunk costs are and how they’re pretty much out of your control, you can now focus your energy on things that you can control and do best with those matters to receive utmost desirable outcome

  1. Learn to take one step at a time

It has been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Nothing has ever been truer. It is very possible that you can run 3 km every morning, afternoon and evening, you can stop eating chocolate and fatty oils altogether but it is not recommended. Having this approach makes everything look like a chunk to big too chew and this is more discouraging despite the best intentions. But learning to go one step at a time like running 500m a day is easier and bearable. Breakdown your biggest goals and see the small steps that need to be taken to reach them, this makes achievement inevitable.

  1. Have a mental make over

With all resolutions or any journey to a better you, nothing matters unless you have decided in your mind that things must change. Having the right attitude is of great importance, no point in aiming for that promotion if you think there are better more suitable candidates in the office. The focus has to be on you. You have to believe and decide that you will do it even against the greatest difficulties. Some people see motivation as tacky and false hope but it’s the best tool to get your mind to see the vision and once it’s in your mind it’s only a matter of time before it manifests in your life.

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Although naturally left brained with a knack for numbers and economics, Kayiba is a writer and book fanatic. "I believe reading is the best gift given to man, and it's truly a way we can transform the world". For more insightful and motivational content follow Kayiba Mpoyi on Google+ , LinkedIn and Twitter

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