New Year Resolutions

This September is important.

For you and for me.

A new school year starts for me = time to apply new year resolutions that overcome past challenges, difficulties and confusion.

Everyone needs resolutions. You included.

It is the process that accounts for one’s failures and mistakes and convert them into success.

What’s great about a new year is (not necessarily 1st of January, but any new time period e.g. new job place, new month, even a new weekend)…

…represents a fresh opportunity for you to become better.

And opportunities do not always exist. So take ’em.

Enough said.

Practical Instructions For A New Year Resolution

  1. Record what you did wrong last year (realistically, no one writes it down, so use your memory)
  2. Take a new and better approach this year

Yes, it’s that simple.

But the barrier most people are facing is…

The unwillingness to change past conventional approaches into new ones.

Why?

Because “changing” something always takes effort and time. It’s the same old problem everyone gets – giving up too easily.

To help you get a deeper understanding of how to make working, effective resolutions, let me tell you my plan:

Last year:

  • I often stayed late at school playing basketball, and hanging out with friends. (time loss + fatigue when home)
  • Mucked around during class, did not pay 100% attention. (time loss as I have to study myself at home)
  • Never utilized the 9th period (class for study help from all teachers), instead played sports. (time, energy loss)
  • Often neglected the importance of wrong homework, instead getting ’em wrong on purpose so I could do something else… play sports. (grades down)
  • Often procrastinated at home during study time; played games and chatted instead. (time loss, grades down)

This year (resolutions):

  • Go home early; if I wanted to play basketball, I need to make a reality check if I had enough time and energy to study and do work at home.
  • Focus on lectures and avoid distractions during class.
  • Sacrifice play time for study – is always worth it. Ask teachers for help even when I have a tiny mini bit of confusion in work.
  • Put more effort into work, don’t rush them; quality always beats quantity.
  • Turn off distractions at all cost, have more offline time; write more, type less (if it fits efficiency).

Do you have a grasp of what I’m talking about now?

Where is your plan?

Tip for avoiding past mistakes (because everyone forgets every once in a while): constant alertness.