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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

12 Resolutions for 2012



January is significant because it is the time when many people
 plan to turn to a new leaf in their lives. Although it is not
mandatory in this particular month, it represents the
‘official’ start point (a new year) to create a new and
improved you. You may think that you are at your ‘best’ now,
 but there is always room for improvement. Here
are twelve goals that you can pursue to upgrade yourself.

1. Talk to God more frequently
Psalm 145 verses 18-19 says “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.” There are many obstacles that litter the road called life; some seem unbearable. We should not forget that our burdens will be lifted once we talk to God; after all, He is our Father, Friend and Confidante rolled into one. Talk to Him anytime, whether you want to praise Him or lament your troubles. He is the greatest listener!
2. Advance yourself academically, periodically!
No matter how old or educated we are, we should never forget that learning is a lifelong process. Become a more rounded individual by learning skills such as cooking, computer science, and customer relations, or even learn a new language or how to play the piano. If you have CXC subjects already, then get an Associate degree; if you have that, you may need to pursue a Bachelor’s degree or higher still. You can take advantage of a number of short courses, workshops, seminars, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered at Northern Caribbean University.
3. Monitor your health
Now is the time for you to get in shape, not tomorrow, next week or somewhere in the future. Join a gym or find someone who exercises regularly and ask him or her to motivate you. Also, refrain from eating fast foods on a regular basis, instead include more fruits, vegetables and water in your diet. Sleep for 6-8 hours every night and avoid stressful situations as much as possible.
4. Become an ardent reader
According to lifedev.net there are many benefits to be gained from reading such as improved vocabulary, enhanced writing skills and improved memory. Practise to read some form of literature every day, whether it is the Bible, a blog, a magazine, a web article or a novel to improve the many aspects of your life.
5. Go on more outings
There are so many places to visit in your country such as nature parks, rivers, beaches, and historical sites. Go watch a movie or join in the fun at your church’s socials. Attend the football matches in your community. Unless you are under house arrest, you have no excuse.
6. Reach out to those you have not seen in awhile
Remember that nice woman with squinted eyes who supplied you with sweets when you were little? Or that teacher who showed interest in your performance at school and encouraged you even when you did poorly? What about that burly old man who, every now and then, would drop you off at school at no charge? Go visit them, they will be happy to see you.
7. More family time
Make time for your family members because you do not know how long you or they may live. Hug them more, give them a listening ear when they want to vent, enjoy meals together and affirm them when they have done well.
8. Outline new goals in your field of work
If you perform the same tasks every day for every year you will become bored. Take the initiative to outline the objectives that improve your organization. Gently nudge your boss and share your ideas with him or her.
9. Monitor your finances and save
The economic recession has hit us hard to say the least, but there is no excuse for us not to save a portion of our earnings. It does not matter if you have a low paying, temporary or holiday job. Also, be sure to make a budget every month. Organizing your expenditure will grant you peace of mind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
10.Become more cognizant of world affairs
How many of us knew about Muammar Gaddafi before the Libyan Civil War? How many of us know that China is poised to become the next world power? Or, that the language with the most speakers in the world is Mandarin Chinese? There is so much catching up to do.
11.Pamper yourself
There is no one who has more inside knowledge about the stresses that you endure than you. No one feels your pain more than you do which is why you need to give yourself a treat more often. Get that pair of shoes or cologne you have always wanted. Eat out sometimes if you can. ‘Spoil’ yourself whenever possible.
12.Forgive and forget
Life is too short for you to hold grudges. It takes up too much energy to remind yourself not to speak to that person because he or she had hurt you in the past. Do yourself a favour –pray about it and ask God to help you to let go. The sooner you let go, the less chances you will have to develop hypertension, and if you already have it and you refuse to let go, you condition may worsen. Let go.
Life gets better and richer through kept resolutions. Have a great New Year and a wonderful life.