Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:32

Have You made the 2018 New Year's Resolutions You can Keep?

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This is the time we make our New Year Resolutions for 2018. Are we going to make resolutions we can keep or ignore? A resolution is a decree, declaration, or decision we make. It can be a personal ruling, promise, pledge, or oath made to simplify our life, things we intend to keep, do, or make part of our activities during the New Year. Problem is either we don’t often intend to keep our resolutions or we lack the zeal or motivation to do so. Sometimes, we do the opposite of our resolutions and sometimes we do things we never resolved to do in the first place. Here are a few resolutions you might consider making at this beginning of 2018. Endeavor to sign your resolutions

Please add to this list as you deem necessary.

 I, ------------------------------------------------------------- -(sign your full name)

  1. Resolve to take those extra 15-45 pounds of weight off my body through appropriate exercise and  dieting, being aware of the dangers excess body weight can create for my heart, liver, lungs, self-esteem, and lifestyle. 
  2. Resolve to examine what I eat that messes up my body by looking at labels on things I buy at Kroger, Wal-Mart, or my favorite grocery store. Look at the levels of cholesterol, trans fat, calories, sugars, and sodium my food items may contain. It is not always what I eat that keeps me unhealthy  and obese, but the number and amounts of harmful ingredients in what I eat. Form the habit of checking the ingredients in what I eat.
  3. Resolve to join a yoga class, weight-loss clinic. aerobics, or an exercise class at my local YMCA or recreation center. Why don’t I increase recreational activities that include cycling, jogging, swimming, dancing, or meditation?
  4. If you are a woman and think you are not pretty enough or that your husband /boyfriend spends more time with his buddies than he spends with you, or he keeps his eyes on other women at parties, resolve to ask him how he wants you to look or dress. Consult with or seek advice from beauty experts.  And visit Beauty Master for special make-ups  or enhancement products. Remember that internal factors such as personality and attitudes may have more to do with beauty , and not just the exterior  attributes.  
  5. Resolve to increase my daily intake of clean water to cleanse my body of impurities.
  6. Resolve to reduce my consumption of alcohol and poisonous chemicals contained in my soft drinks, such as  Pepsi, Coca cola, Sprite, and other carbonated drinks. I have a few friends just out of surgeries for kidney stones after taking too much carbonated drinks (cola) and not enough water. Drug abuse is a serious problem in Nigeria. Sanusi  II, Emir of Kano is suggesting that all the Nigerian religious leaders and politicians should be tested for drug abuse. Dr. F, a Nigerian physician, just texted on Christmas Day: “Drug abuse is very rampant in all the cities driven by unemployment of the youth.” Drug abuse is a big problem for Nigerians living  overseas.  
  7. If you are an alcoholic or having problems with abuse of drugs, resolve to seek rehabilitation and/or alcohol and drug counseling. Drug addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a disease (like malaria or cancer) that needs to be treated and defeated.
  8. Resolve to live an active life that involves moving around rather than sitting idle, sedentary in front of television or with gossiping  with a telephone in hand.
  9. Resolve to take a closer look at how I spend or waste resources. Do I shop till I drop or do I look for bargains in thrifty stores? Do I look in my garage or storage space to find items I can reuse rather than buying stuffs I do not need? Do I buy things I want but do not necessarily need? Examples are a new vehicle vs.  a slightly used one, a brand name medication vs. generic. I can spend thousands of dollar saved from wise shopping on some other pressing needs.
  10. Resolve to keep your brain from being dead or atrophied through inactivity. Be engaged in intellectual pursuits like going back to school to brush  up on some academic or technical skills training. Why not work toward the Master’s degree of PhD? Why not? You can do it. It makes more sense to acquire skills right now so you can say: “ I’m prepared when the right job comes along” rather than “the right job is here now but I am not prepared for it.”
  11. Resolve to improve your relationship with family members, including relationship with your God, wife, your husband, children, and extended family members.
  12. Resolve to stay away from being too angry with people who envy and annoy you or rub you the wrong way because excessive, unresolved rage or resentment can damage my heart or lead to depression, and other psychiatric  problems.
  13. Resolve to not let pursuit of money control my very existence (mind, body, and soul), but to be content with what I have while trying to do better; and be thankful I’ve made it this far. Remember that it is not just how much money you make that matters; it matters more how well you manage what you have. Try saving.
  14. Resolve to consider owning a piece of property in Nigeria if that is in your plan. Having a small house in a Nigerian city or village is not entirely a bad idea.
  15. Resolve to help persons less fortunate than I am by sending money to family members who are in need or have medical bills, and also encourage young Nigerians  to stay in school to obtain an  education or training necessary for employment.
  16. Resolve to widen my horizon by making new friends with someone from a different Nigerian tribe, religion, or social circle.
  17. Resolve to show interest in the political process in Nigeria and help to select the right Governor, Senator, and other persons  to represent our people.

 Submitted by Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;



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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.