Finally, the long-awaited 2019 is here! Guess what? Some people are still clueless about how to commence the year. Those in this category will simply have a replay of how the previous year started and of course, it would go on and on like that till the end of the year and you can almost guess how their lives would turn out by the end of the year.
I believe we all can point at one thing we learnt in the year 2018. Like I wrote in the article “Self Appraisal (My 2018)” for me, the year was filled with lessons and it ended on a very good note. Unconsciously, I started a journey at the tail end of the year and as an optimistic individual, it is certain this journey would birth better things this year. As a matter of fact, I am so sure 2019 will be a year of great rewards.
Now, how do you start strong? Irrespective of what you might have passed through in the previous year, you have to come to terms with yourself that this is a new beginning which of course requires a fresh start. Develop a positive attitude towards the year and believe it would be better. Ask yourself these questions: What were the obstacles that hindered me from achieving all I planned for 2018? Where did I go wrong? What goals did I leave unattended to? What lessons did I learn? How expectant am I? I believe if you can answer these questions, you are one step ahead.
By now, I believe you know your assets and liabilities. Assets, those great virtues in you that sets you apart from every other person. Those features of yours that everyone admires. Liabilities, attitudes that made you achieve less in 2018, that character of yours those around you complain about every single time. Discovering these will help you stay focused.
Cultivate the habit of setting goals. They help you stay on the right track. From time to time, revisit them to be sure of how you are doing. Ensure they are “SMART!” Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. If your goals do not have the attributes aforementioned, I am afraid, you are on a slippery slope.
The God-factor cannot be neglected. Do not be deceived, you can only start strong when you rely solely on His instructions. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path… Have you committed the journey of this year into His hands? If no, it is never too late.
Understand that time management is very important. Never make yourself too available. You see, time lost can never be recovered. Stop being lazy. Time is so precious. And that is the bitter truth. Just like my friends will say “no time to check time”. Stop procrastinating! Do what you have to do at the right time to reap great rewards at the set time. Kindly stay away from time wasters, they will do you no good.
Above all, always remember there would be hurdles to cross as life is not a bed of roses. Be fierce and resilient and watch yourself defeat every giant standing in your way. Strive to be a blessing to those you come in contact with and develop a heart full of gratitude to God. Always thank Him for the gift of life. Be hardworking and innovative. There is always a way out of every terrible situation.
Cheers to a wonderful 2019, we are all taking territories this year.