New Year’s resolutions are made with the hope to spark a positive change in our lives.

What makes us not achieve our goals is that once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, we struggle to put our plans into action.

Lockdown restrictions might have been a huge stumbling block, but surely it wasn’t the only reason we failed to achieve 2020’s resolutions. Now is the time to take stock of what really happened to us and what it is that we did or didn’t do that made us fail.

To enter a new year in a positive mindset, we need to be honest with ourselves. This will enable us to build on the foundation we’ve managed to lay.

Among the most common New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, save more money, quit smoking or spend more time with family.

Most of us have proved to start well in the first quarter of the new year, but later get overwhelmed by other life challenges and deviate from our goals.

Although studies show that less than 50% of people who set New Year’s resolutions succeed, it’s still advisable to set goals for a new year. It’s like having a road map through which you will travel a year’s journey.

When setting goals, we need to consider the fact that diseases or deaths of our loved ones could strike at any time, and that we will have to bounce back after such storms have passed.

Wishing you a coronavirus-free new year!

  • Matome Kubu

Arcadia, Pretoria