As the new year begins…

So over the last few days i have read several articles regarding new year resolutions. There is a general belief at least based on what i read that people write new year resolutions, goals or objectives that they never see through to completion. Infact two different people mentioned that the energy to follow through fizzles out by second week of January and if you are a bit more determined by February.

So i have made the conclusion that i am one of the old fashioned “outliers” that really believe in writting down my goals for the year. My sincere belief is that it is only through delivering on a day to day basis that the yearly and life plan will be delivered.

I work for a multinational organisation that turns 150 years old in 2016. And i can tell you this organisation will still be around for another 150 years. I have learnt and seen the power of planning and executing well from this organisation. Infact planning for a new year where i work is not done in December. It starts as early as May and is complete by October. This is something i also started doing personally years back. Initially i had a long list that i reviewed monthly and always ticked off on a monthly basis. I  was teary a few days back as i was looking at my journal and saw some of the early posts written in 2004 with entries such as get a driver’s licence, buy a stand….etc. I was able to accomplish those goals in my specified time period and i guess that is what encouraged me to keep doing it. There were also those plans that i did not manage to accomplish. That does not discourage me. I use it at as a learning to see how best to improve things.

I don’t believe that just because one has failed to deliver on their resolutions in the past means that this process should be done away with. A better way is to interrogate why the energy to follow through fizzles out as the days and weeks go by. One way that i found to be effective to ensure i deliver on what i set out to deliver is to have a few select people that i share my plans/ resolutions with and become accountable to. They check on me and my progress every so often and because i do this for me and not anyone else i am equally committed to the process.

So what have you resolved in 2016 for your career, family, business, health, education and …….? Do not be intimadated. Start somewhere and  do not be discouraged.

I wish you every success on your career journey in 2016 and look forward to your feedback.

Journey Mercies


Published by Mum in Stilettos

I started blogging when i became a mother. I was struggling to manage the demands of being a working mom and being present for my baby's key development milestones. Initially this was a rant about my experiences in the office and at home. Over the years it has evolved into an online support community for mothers who are growing their families as they grow their careers. I am a wife and mum to 3 amazing children. The girl who introduced me the "mother" title is 8 years ol and our twins are five years, 6 months. During the day I am have a job i love as marketer for a multinational FMCG company. When i get home, I have another equally rewarding job called being a mother. When everyone is tucked in bed, I find time to blog about my journey as a mum in stilettos and build this community for us working moms so we can thrive at home and at work.

2 thoughts on “As the new year begins…

  1. Hie Tendai,

    I find your articles very interesting and refreshing to read.I think one of the biggest mistakes that people make when making new year resolutions is that we make an ambitious wish list. The wish list sometimes includes things that we know,we will not be able to achieve them. Its fine to dream big and wish for the best but its also prudent to set achievable goals thats sometimes means stretching ourselves a bit. Resoulutions must be realistic and that is what will keep one motivated to accomplish them. I however still feel its very relevant even in this day and age to set new year resolutions. Life without goals is meaningless.

    A happy,blessed and prosperous new year to you and your familly
    Stay Blessed!!


    1. Thank you very much Thomas. I agree that the goals should be stretching yet still achievable. Indeed how does one navigate life without goals?
      All the best in 2016.


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