Coming up with New Year resolutions and making them a reality are totally two different things. Much as itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to say or aspire to achieve something in the near future, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not easy to stick to the plan by the end of the year. Paida Mpaso finds out how best to re-embark on failed resolutions.
If you are like most people, you have probably experienced the sudden burst of motivation that comes in early January, as holiday treats make their way to the waistline and New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resolutions that were drafted are ready and set to be implemented.
New Year resolutions may range from losing weight to becoming more of a family man. Some may even want to transform themselves into responsible human beings; therefore, changing their lives for the better.
However, as most of us have realised by now, setting up these goals and achieving them are totally two different issues. The majority of us have set rules but somewhere along the path, many of the resolutions fall down the drain.
Even though this is sad and discouraging, worrying over failed plans wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t solve anything.
Renowned gospel artist Ethel Kamwendo Banda believes in trying over and over again. She says though she was not able to fulfil her last year resolutions, she is still moving ahead and even drafting new ones this year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last year, I made a lot of plans, some of which I did not fulfil. However, I will not let this hinder my success in 2011; I will set new goals and make new plans,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says.
Kamwendo says she had planned to visit prisons which are in this country, cheer the sick and the vulnerable people in society.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was unfortunate that I did not manage to fulfil some of the plans, though I am happy that I did part of what I drafted up. This year, I am even more prepared to work hard in fulfilling the goals I was not able to reach last year,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says.
Kamwendo Banda adds that failing to achieve your resolutions should not be an excuse to fail to plan for the other yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resolutions.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Failing or not succeeding should not determine the course of your life in any way, what matters most is the effort and the spirit of not giving up,Ã¢â‚¬Â she adds.
The moderator of St Michael and All Angels Church, Reverend Andrew Kamponda, has a simple theory in drawing up resolutions; include God in your plans.
He says fulfilling and achieving New Year resolutions should be done in the name of the Lord because this is one sure way of achieving success.