Why Resolutions Die After 31st Night

Written by Samuel Fianko.

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Time seems to be the commonest resource every individual possesses but the reality is that it is also the scarcest and most important of all resources. Time is in fact, a currency, just like money. It can be spent, it can be invested, it can be wasted but sadly, time can never be saved. Why? Because it keeps running…all the time! No wonder someone remarked that time is money. I agree with Dr. Mike Murdock, who says, “If you can manage a day, you can manage your life.” How true!

So, maybe at the turn of the last decade, you resolved to do some things. Maybe you wanted to lose weight or you wanted to educate yourself more or you wanted to get closer to God. Whatever it is, remember that your goals must always be SMART, PURE and CLEAR. That means your goal must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound, Positively stated, Understood, Relevant, Ethical, Challenging, Legal, Environmentally sound, Agreed, and Recorded. Match your goal(s) against these fourteen (14) pointers to see whether it is feasible, then proceed to carry it out, one day at a time.

Excuses are the reason for which resolutions don’t get fulfilled after 31 st Night.

This reminds me of something interesting that happened to me on the last day of last year. A friend had given me a manuscript to edit for her. She sent me the document in August but as of December, I hadn’t completed the work. I felt terrible, even though she had not given me any deadline. I said to myself on the last day of the year, “I’m not carrying this task over into next year.” So, I indicated it in my journal as the main task for that day.

I was determined to finish editing the book before attending the long-anticipated New Year’s Eve Service. Before then, I had always said to myself that I would do it, but I did not, for excuses’ sake. But when I decided
to write down the goal plainly and to complete it, I did it! The fulfillment was euphoric! I was excited. It was as though I had been awarded a Pulitzer Prize!

Brian Tracy, New York Times Bestselling Author of No Excuses, illustrated that many times people want to achieve something significant but before they do, they’d like to go to a place called ‘Someday Isle’. They say things like, “Someday I’ll build that house” or “Someday I’ll read that book.” Interestingly, those on ‘Someday Isle’ are all surrounded by others on ‘Someday Isle’ and they have one chorus they sing: excuses!

The cure for excuses is self-discipline: doing what must be done when it must be done even if you don’t feel like doing it.

Excuses are the reason for which resolutions don’t get fulfilled after ‘31 st Night’. It’s obvious that people want to consume dessert before dinner, which doesn’t work in a 5-star restaurant! The cure for excuses is self-discipline: doing what must be done when it must be done even if you don’t feel like doing it.

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The following is a simple but important key to fulfilling those goals you’ve dreamed of doing for a while now. It’s known as the Eisenhower Matrix and has been simplified for your use:

Eisenhower Matrix
  • Important but not urgent: Decide when you will do it.
  • Urgent and important: Do it immediately.
  • Not important and not urgent: Do it later.
  • Urgent but not important: Delegate it to someone else.

Please remember to list your activities/goals for each day and place them in each of the four categories according to your priorities. At the end of the day, it is about urgency and importance.

This article was written by Samuel Fianko, Author of Don’t waste your Vacation, and was published on Page 7 of the Daily Graphic on 27th February 2020.

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