Don’t tell people your New Year’s resolutions…show them.

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One thing we’re all guaranteed to witness in January is the unveiling of people’s New Year’s resolutions. However, as the year continues, some of the people who were shouting from the rooftops get quiet. The following year, the old year’s resolutions become the New Year’s resolutions, and so the cycle continues.

Is it good to talk?

Contrary to the title, the positive thing about voicing our goals is that it helps us to remain accountable to what we say we’re going to do – so long as we tell the right people who will hold us to account because they truly want to see us succeed. Plus! By talking you may unexpectedly stumble across a suitable support network or someone who can point you in the right direction.

However, certain goals require us to keep quiet and be accountable to ourselves and ourselves alone. 

Let your New Year’s actions unveil your New Year’s resolutions.

We live in an age where it is the norm for people to constantly announce plans to complete strangers. My thoughts? There’s no need to prove to anyone that you’re doing something with your life. When it comes to some goals, let your New Year actions unveil your New Year’s resolutions.

Yes, complete strangers may be in a position to help you achieve your goal—but not if you have a habit of resetting the same goals year-after-year. Let your New Year’s resolutions speak through actions and not through words. Focus, filter the noise, and work towards goals—solo or with assistance—without feeling the need to make unnecessary announcements.

What are your thoughts? Keep schtum? Talk up? Or a bit of both? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Aisha A. Phipps

Musings of Ms. Phipps



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