“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” – Mel Gibson.

New beginnings…a cliché? It depends on what you make of it. The year 2021 has flown by so quickly, just as previous years have. At the end of 2022, we are likely to make the same observation, probably with a little more contentment, if we commit to doing one thing differently than we have this year.

Take a step back and check what one thing you have made quantifiable progress with this year. The size or magnitude may matter to an extent, but it is still worth celebrating any positive change at all, no matter how ‘insignificant’. Then, stand on that change and commit to growth in that same area or another dimension with small and consistent steps into 2022.

On the other hand, do you feel there was no real achievement this year? Then you should probably rethink how you walked into this year at the end of 2020 and plan to do it a little differently this time around. 

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These are a few pointers to help guide how you position yourself to enter the New Year a little differently.

– Rise up, brush off the dust or dirt and forge ahead with measurable goals within timelines you set for yourself. 

– A change (upgrade or modification) in the kind of company you keep may help a great deal.

– Watch what you read and listen to on a consistent basis.

– Watch what you say about and to yourself.

– Celebrate your ‘little’ accomplishments even if no one else will. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

– Put some thought into finding a mentor and, later, some effort into growing the relationship.

– Decide to pour yourself out into someone else or some commendable cause.

– Be responsible for your health and general well-being.


Certainly, some of us might have come across this quote – “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King. 

Let us end 2021 on a sound footing so we can propel ourselves into 2022 with the momentum and consistency we need for new beginnings.

Freda Abah-Dakou