You must have either greeted someone happy new year or received happy new year greetings after 12:00 a.m. on December 31, 2016. The greeting is a wish which may come to pass depending on many factors.
Here are my suggestions on how to experience a happy 2017.
Resolve to be happy
If the current state of the economy in the country and other challenges Nigerian have to cope with in the new year are anything to go by, not many will be excited about 2017. For many Nigerians, nothing has really changed, except the calendar year to warrant the kind of excitement and celebration of the new year. If anything, indications are that 2017 will be a tougher year with little hope of improvement despite assurances by government at all levels.
Notwithstanding, you must resolve to be happy that you survived 2016 unlike many others and be hopeful that you can weather the storm, however fierce.
Your state of mind has a lot to do with your ability to survive yet another year and be able to stay above the depressing situation in the country.
2016 might have been a very difficult year for you, but like the song by Bobby Macferrim says, “don’t worry, be happy.”
Make resolutions and work hard to keep them
Making new year resolutions is one way to taking necessary steps to redress whatever didn’t work well for you in previous year. It is an old practice which many find difficult to keep except for those who are very disciplined and determined to get rid of old habits to make necessary progress.
Right from the first day of the new year, some people break their resolutions and soon give up before the end of the first month.
If you want to be happy in 2017, you must do a honest self-assessment of your life journey and decide on realistic resolutions which can help you achieve what you should accomplish at this time of your life.
Resolutions may be hard to keep, but if you really don’t want to end up being miserable this new year, you must make the necessary sacrifice.
Plan your life
Closely related to resolutions is planning your life. If in past years you have been guilty of leaving your life to time and chance, 2017 is the time to get serious about taking your destiny in your hands.
What will be will not be except you make it to be. You must have a good plan, including timelines about your goals and aspirations.
There are things to prioritise and there are things you must stop doing if you don’t want to look back in December 2017 and start wondering why you wasted the new year like other years.
Like the popular saying, a failure to plan, is a plan to fail. The option is yours. It’s your life and what you make of it will depend on your decision.
Overcome your fears
What keeps some people from making progress in life is the fear of their past failures and feeling of inadequacies. The fact that you didn’t achieve much in 2016 and past years should not stop you from being determined to succeed in 2017.
Learn to put your past behind you and overcome your fears.
Don’t judge yourself or allow others to judge you by your past; you are no longer there. 2017 is yet another opportunity to be what you are created to be.
It’s never late to get things right if your default mindset is not failure. You need to give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you can succeed in 2017 and you will be surprised you can. Don’t write yourself off if you want 2017 to be a happy year for you.
Learn new things
So much is changing in the world today and one of the major keys to succeed now is to acquire new knowledge in whatever one is engaged in. With the rapidly changing technological advancements and information overload at the disposal of all, not even the knowledge of 2016 may be enough to succeed in 2017.
You must go out of your way to know new ways of doing things.
The world has truly become a global village with the Internet providing access to all the knowledge required for any interested person.
Again, the choice is yours if you want to take advantage of what new technology offers to be the best at whatever you do.
In the kind of troubled times we live, when many things defy logic and well known strategies, one crucial way to guarantee happiness is to pray and have faith in the almighty God who knows the end from the beginning.
In my church, our slogan for the year is “My case is different”. Your case can be different if you hold on to God’s promise that when men shall say there is a casting down, you shall say there is lifting up for you.
A thousand shall fall by your right hand and ten thousand by your left hand, but no evil shall come near you, if you believe.
By Lekan Otufodunrin