The New Year is coming – SCREAM!

I was thinking about how we are nearing a close to this brilliant year and remembered how people always have this habit of creating resolutions that they never follow (Ahem, I am one of them *cough* *cough*) and wondered why do we ever do this at the beginning of the year? Resolutions are intended to make us change to become better than what we were “last year” but I think that the epic failure of these resolutions is that we never really think about what we need to do in order to make the changes we set ourselves out to do in the new year to be successful. This all stems from a lack of planning.

The one saying that I find myself hearing at the back of my mind when I think about all this is that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. As amusing as this quote is, it unfortunately rings true. So from all this, I figured out certain things that could help people like me look at Resolutions differently for the upcoming year. The things I will mention are just a guideline to help us re-focus our goals and think up of ways to change our bad habits.

It might help if you understand the following before you set yourself up to write up your resolutions:

1. One thing we must understand is that change is not instantaneous, it’s progressive.

2. Goals give direction and plans set the paths to reaching them.

3. Set-backs give you the ability to be imaginative and creative enough to think of  other ways of reaching your goals.

4. Failures are expected because you need to know what won’t work in order to help another person struggling with their goals, once you succeed.

5. Goals aren’t necessarily static, they evolve over time when you discover new things along the way on your journey.

6.  Resolutions are a focus for you to plan what goals you want to achieve.

7. Don’t make a long list, start off with at least 5 things you want to change.  I find that the mistakes I often make about my resolutions is that I start of writing up a long list that have no follow up plan. Start with a short one and then work with that.

8. Every quarter of the year, look back on those goals and check off what you have managed to accomplish and revise plans if necessary. If you achieve them before the first half of the year then set up new goals for the second half of the year.

9. Before the last Quarter of the Year, reflect on what you have managed to achieve.

10. Assess your action plans and revise where necessary.

11. Set up new goals after you have completed the others.

You don’t have to wait until the New Year Kicks in to start planning. You can start Now!

Happy Planning Everyone! Registered & Protected

12 thoughts on “The New Year is coming – SCREAM!

  1. Oh my goodness, Nyahsa! I put A WHOLE POST together about how the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” is actually a bunch of nonsense! Please edit and update this post? You absolutely have to look for another saying. Use the one I changed that false saying into:

    “failing to plan increases the likely-hood of setting yourself up for failure.” Please see the rest of the post:

    Other than that this is great post 🙂 The other thing I’d like to point out in your list that you missed is discipline. That is really the only reason why people do not (a) manage to achieve their goals and (b) follow up with what they have yet to achieve should they manage to achieve them. I just remembered a third point, the goals need to be challenging but realistic and of course the mental muscles need to be trained first before attempting to fulfill the first goal. If that criteria is met then New Year’s resolutions should be no problem.

    Like you said, a quarter year and half year resolution should exist as well. No wonder the New year’s resolutions are seldom to never completed!


    • I respectfully disagree with you Tarisai, in that I don’t find this saying to be false. I have read your post before, however, this saying applies to what I’m talking about in terms of preparing for the New Year. You do make a valid argument in that it doesn’t guarantee failure”absolutely”, but most likely you WILL fail if you fail to plan. Results derived from a lack of planning vary but if it comes to important projects or undertakings…planning is a requisite. Whimsical, slap dash preparation or last minute thinking don’t always promise 100% quality or value, and it doesn’t necessarily assure with absolute certainty the guarantee of success. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the ability of administration…people must plan to strengthen the areas that they are weak at in order to be more prepared for such important tasks. How do they do that? By looking for the resources available out there to help them get the skills set that they need in order to fulfill the task at hand. Books are there for a reason, teachers are there for a reason, trainers are there for a reason. Get what you don’t have in order to guarantee or improve chances of success. There are avenues available but it’s just that people don’t seek them out if they aren’t looking. In such cases….failure is guaranteed. Success for some people who lack training or planning in these situations happen by “fluke” or “miracle” or “chance” but as a general standard…a fluke for another isn’t a basis that sets a precedent for others to follow in undertakings that require discipline and planning to fulfill the goal.

      Example: If you don’t know the WORD do you really think you can evangelize effectively without proper preparation???? No! Key word here is “EFFECTIVELY”. You will fail in such an important undertaking if you fail to plan. Planning requires preparation in order to obtain the necessary skills, tools required to perform the task at hand. If you don’t practice your due diligence….do you really think that reliance on “chance” will be best at achieving success. I see no fallacy with the statement so I will not change it.

      However, you do correctly point out discipline which is necessary in the process of fulfilling our personal goals. Thanks for your input. 🙂


  2. I first of all would like to apologize for my original emotional outbreak. I definitely agree with what you said. If you don’t plan COMPLETELY for the task then of course you will fail. Except the saying implies that it is possible for you to plan (as in come up with strategic methods) to fail. People understand it as “If you fail to plan you will fail,” because they miss the “plan to fail” part of the saying.

    The planning to fail part is not an indirect or subconscious thing. We cannot decide that we are going to mentally or physically plan to go ahead and fail simply because we failed to plan. My argument is that if you can compensate for not having initially planned, then you have not failed. Neither am I implying that we live our lives this way. Even for big projects if there are ways you can make up for not planning sooner and still manage to get the job done, then you have succeeded.

    Now my problem with the saying is that it does not take into consideration the “compensation” aspect of failing to plan. It just assumes that you are coming up with ways to fail-whether you are aware of it or not-simply because you failed to plan.

    I see that you have argued that one needs to learn about the task as a form of preparation before engaging in it. You said people are, ” more prepared for such important tasks…by looking for the resources available out there to help them get the skills set that they need in order to fulfill the task at hand,” and I completely agree except that is not my argument. It assumes you are well read and know your stuff but just did not plan earlier for the task. If you were heading to the gym, and knew what you wanted to do but just did not put together a training plan (fail to plan), but could still do a decent set of sets for some exercises (compensated) then in that regard, you have not planned to fail. Neither have you failed. If you could do absolutely nothing, then you have failed. You have accomplished nothing. That is the key thing here. Failures accomplish nothing.

    If one of a person’s resolution was to lose weight, and they did not plan what to do about it, and also cannot do anything to make up for it, then they have set themselves up for failure but not planned to fail. They can still plan, as it were, for the next time of day or the next day. If they omit the goal altogether-regardless of the excuse-then the set up for failure is a guarantee. I just don’t like the “plan to fail” part of the saying. Do you understand what I am saying?


    • LOL you are still awake???? Isn’t it like past 2am my case 3am in the morning for you? Don’t worry, no offence taken. You have your perspective I have mine is all I’m saying. I see what you’re saying in terms of the “compensation” aspect of failing; however, the “plan to fail” part of the saying doesn’t necessarily have to be a “strategic method” as you have defined for the word “plan” in regards to this clause. Take the meaning of the phrase in its entirety and the “plan to fail” part is really referring to the “actions taken” that offer up the result which in this case is failure. It’s not about whether you are well read or not to plan… and it’s not always entirely a conscious decision where a person “comes up with ways to plan to fail” as you stated in your assumption. I don’t think that people wake up thinking of ways to strategically fail, however, having said that, I do believe that the actions or inactions that people take whether they know how to plan or not can result in failure. So the planning part in this case isn’t referring to a “strategic method”, it’s referring to a course of action a person chooses to take that results to a specific end is what I’m talking about here. Actions lead to a specific result and in this case failing to plan = planning to fail.


  3. Hmmm… actions taken to a specific end huh? Some good points there. How would you account for being able to compensate for the initial failure to plan since the action would have been taken at a later stage? 🙂


    • You can’t compensate for an initial failure…you can only learn from the failure to change your future actions. That’s if you are capable of learning from the initial action that caused the failure in the first place. The repercussions of not learning from the initial action is insanity…doing the same thing expecting a different result. That’s cyclical failure stemming from not planning at all to change this course. Insanity can become a lifestyle if you don’t learn from the actions that causes these failures.


  4. You first statement is incomplete. You were supposed say, “You can’t compensate for an initial failure to plan.” I can find myself not planning for something now, but manage to find time (inadvertent planning LOL) to plan later in the day. By doing so I have made up for not planning earlier (the initial failure to plan). Since the action would have been taken a later stage, how would you account for the initial “failure to plan”?


    • No disrespect Tarisai, but I think that your questions have derailed my intention of the post. So I will no longer continue discussing the quote you seem to have a philosophical problem with because it’s become too argumentative. If you have a different opinion on the matter that’s great because you are entitled to it. You can write a whole blog post on your blog about it. Please don’t use my posts for lengthy discussions that trail away from the intention of my post which was intended to motivate people to think about doing things to change their perspective about new years resolutions. I’m not writing as a pro on subjects…I’m writing out my thoughts so if you please, could you refrain now and in future from all this philosophical debating on my posts?

      End of discussion. Thank you.


      • You know what you’re right. I guess I got too sucked up in the whole thing! Looking back, I just wonder how I took it to the next level! It’s kind of ridiculous. Sorry for diverting from the original purpose of your post. I guess the intent of the post is what I should have focused on instead huh? I’ll do my best not to complicate simple statements 🙂


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