Entrepreneurs: How to make your new year resolution work


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Making life adjustments in key areas has the capacity to spring new result. This 2020 is projected to be a year of new realities, and certainly somethings must give as events are already shaping up for businesses locally and globally. As an entrepreneur, it is therefore very important to align your processes and procedures with the new competitive landscape, the rejigged micro and macro economic factors.

However, it all starts with the self – precisely how you choose to apply yourself to the operating environment. That is where making new resolution is key.

So what are you going to do with yourself in this new year?

Making New Year Resolution is like setting goals. Like goals, it is not emotional; neither does it care two hoot about weather or seasons – your goals like your resolution do not care about your feelings and hardly recognise odds, all they demand is to be reached and accomplished. But unfortunately not so many people realise this. Many people still think time and chance would easily flow to the dictate of their resolution. Not quite so, anyway!

Making resolution for a new year is the hallmark of responsible men and women. It is about striving to become better in vital areas. It is to feel complete, system-ready, sound, and most essentially to become the best you can be.

Yet, the treadmill of time also has its own workings. When that stares the resolute man or woman on the sailing sea of attainment like Oedipus against a windy sea, many people capitulate. They give up. They give excuses. They move on. Soon another new year approaches, these same people never audit the failing of the outgoing year; they set focus on reaching new resolution.

See, uncompleted tasks and resolution have a way of haunting people. Resolutions that were not followed through has a way of weakening the psyche and will. It is like keeping an untidy shelves with files flung hazardly – it distorts the mind.

Making resolution is more than mere words on papers. It is an expression of the soul to help a resolute man or woman burst out to become what he or she is destined to be. It could be in the areas of upgrading essential habits; it could be about acquiring new knowledge; it could be about creating focus for certain things that matter.

Because it is an expression of the soul, it needs the spirit and the body to corporate.

Quite often, when the spirit and the body are shackled by economic upheavals, stress builds up. More, new responsibilities, distance, new workloads, a shift in social policies, physiological changes, unfavourable weather and health disadvantages, can people capitulate.

Whereas everyone has capitulated once or twice in the past, it is not in anyone’s best interest to totally let go of the inner resolve to see old resolution attained before putting together new ones. If you don’t deal with the last obstacles that held you back, it will stand against future achievement.

Pick that failed resolution – do not forget its what your soul truly desires – and confront the new year with grit and determination to beat all inclement changes that made it impossible in the past year.

That is the way men and women who have lived before now have advanced their own lives and changed the world.

It was because Albert Einstein was resolute about making a bulb despite many failures that you have a light source in your home.

You can’t win by running away; you win by sticking it out or temporarily phasing out to restock and return to war. Making a new resolution when you couldn’t accomplish the last one is capitulation; whereas resolutely taking that old resolution that you couldn’t attain, auditing the areas of failure and strengthening your resolve to attain, maybe in a new way, is solidifying.

David Cain, a blogger, was referenced on inc.com :

“It is childish really, he believes. The truly adult thing to do – in the sense of the word that suggests solidity and wisdom rather than capitulation and drudgery – is to own your choices (and your things) fully and not always running after the next shiny bauble”.

The 8th wonder of the world should be something personal to each person. And if there is anything that should be, it should be to triumph despite adversity. That is the way to achieve goals and make resolution attainable.

How can you beat capitulating in 2020?

  1. Audit Yourself, Your Circumstances, Your Resolution & The Impact of The Outgoing Year: The military are the most intelligent people in the world. Because they are involved in the game of lives and spoils, they pay close attention to the battle. They measure their amour, the strength of the battalion, the landscape of the battle, and the balance of the opposition. You are the amour; your resource, skills and capacity are your strength; the battlefield is the unknown months ahead; the opposition are unknown economic, social, political, climatic, physiological occurrences in the new year; the spoil is the advantage of attaining your resolutions – for a better career, great habits, financial prosperity, healthy relationship etc. Now since the last year couldn’t help you do all that, check your resource, skill level and other vital areas – they may not really be up to the battle.
  2. Restock: When the military retreat, they are not going to relaunch on old terms against the opposition. Having checked your amour and your strength, your responsibility is to upgrade any areas of deficiency. You may need to replace certain people in your life to ever stand a chance of seeing certain resolution attained. You may need to devote more time to things that can help you keep focus on other things that matter, like reducing sleep hours, increasing studying and praying hours; cutting back on social media consumption etc. These areas of change can boost your courage in meeting challenges heads-on and winning in the face of obstacles.
  3. Go on the Offensive: Do not let the new year come to you, run towards the new year, expecting all its challenges – socially, economically, psychologically – and be prepared to give your best and not give up come what may! Keep refreshing your stocks daily to ensure they last you through the year.

Toyin Afilaka
Toyin Afilaka
Toyin Afilaka writes with simplicity and insight. He aims to enrich the Nigerian small business landscape. Through Hustle24 he connects entrepreneurs with information about new policies, enterprise solutions and opportunities that will aid their 'hustle'. He has written extensively for CobraReview, a product review portal, and served as a lead project manager for MarketingMix where he consulted as PR consultant for MTN Project Fame and Business Next Titan etc.


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