New Year, New Hope

2016 is just around the corner. I know some of you are feeling excited. But there could some of us, who may look at the year ahead with some apprehension and anxieties. If that’s you, you are not alone. I feel like that right now.

Despite those fears and anxieties, we need to look ahead and start planning. Or else, the year would just fly by.

Three principles of goals setting

To make the most of the year, or in fact, the most of how you use your time is to plan it and then do it. Starting the year with resolutions don’t work. What you need is to set goals for the new year. I have goals in different areas. I’ve written goals for areas such as relationships, spiritual, health, and professional.

Before we go further, here’s are three principles you need to know in goal setting. Understanding these principles will dramatically increase your chances of achieving your goals. That said, simply knowing them does not guarantee success. Here are these principles.

Principle #1: Cause and effect

What you have now is a result of your previous actions. You are healthy today because you took care of your body in the past. You are wealthy today because you were careful with your finances in the past. You are wise today because you were made an effort to feed your mind with enriching materials.

In short, if you want to achieve your goals, you need to carefully put together an action plan to lead you towards it.

Principle #2: Reap and sow

In the Bible it is said, “A man reaps what he sows“.

This simply means you harvest what you planted. For instance, if you want to be healthy, you’d need to exercise, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, get sufficient rest. You cannot become healthy by staying up late, eating junk food, drinking soda, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Principle #3: Action and reaction

To achieve a goal you’ve never achieved, you need to do things you’ve never done before. So, if you want to be a person with positive energies, you cannot continue to harbor negative emotions. In order to be a person with positive energies, you need to embrace positive emotions. However, because you’ve been used to harboring negative emotions for so long, you’d need to constantly push against the resistance (the negative emotions) in order to succeed.

In other words, your actions will result in an equal and opposite reaction. And if you do not push against it, you will revert to the old behaviors soon.


You’ve successfully achieved goals in the past. At the same time, there were also goals you’ve not achieved. Take a few moments to assess why you have succeed and where you fall short.