Making New Year resolution is one thing. Remaining resolute and seeing them through is quite another.

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If you are a human being you probably use the beginning of every year to reflect on the past year, make decision and set resolutions for the New Year.

It is a good thing to make resolutions, but it takes a good deal of discipline and commitment to get results that would be different and better than what you got last year.

Work on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

How many of your New Year’s resolutions have been about fixing a flaw?

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

But it is also ordained that men shall go blithely on just the same, ignoring in practice the ridiculousness which they admit in theory and drawing renewed hope and conceit from some magic, exhaustless source. And this is the whole philosophy of the New Year’s resolution.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Let us begin this New Year with a resolution.

Be all for Jesus and with Jesus and you will be happy and holy throughout the year. Give yourselves over to prayer and close union with God and to a deep, Joyful Charity.

We set resolutions because we want something to change in our life.

But if we are not specific and have no detailed plans about how we are going to change it then we can expect things to remain as they currently are. And we will end the year without the resolution accomplished.

So rather than set them if we should recognize what we have accomplished in the past year and build on them, where is there the potential to do more, to be more.

Instead of trying to change your entire life in January, the simpler strategy is to adopt a 12-month plan where you’re making constant improvements.

It is no surprise that those who – Wish – may not see results, but those with a resolution get the results they desire – at least close to it.

Make your new year resolution in Christ … because each new year is a profoundly powerful opportunity to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus and to be his best disciple, following him on the Narrow Way of Love, Faith, Hope, and Holiness.

We are designed to thrive off of success after success, but the problem most people have with New Year’s resolutions is that they are not generally short-term plans that are wired for a quick adrenaline rush of success.

Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.

They whom frequent failures have made desperate, cease to form resolutions and they who are become cunning, do not tell them.

There is too much said at New Year’s about turning over a new leaf.

Are the old leaves all so badly written that we must hasten to forget them?

Is the blank whiteness of the untouched page more pleasant to the eye or more fortifying to the will than those closely written, underlined, untidy, but familiar pages which make up the story of one’s life?

It’s not just a New Year’s Resolution but a resolution for a new life, a life filled with God’s goodness any time of the year.

May the New Year bring you the courage to break your resolutions early!

Our own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue so that we triumph even when we fall.

Engr.Dr.Osaro Odiase JP FNSE

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