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New Year’s Resolutions… the story so far…


Note: Update on the 17th of October 2022.
This post contains a lot of negative language and the kind of self-critical view that one should never take of oneself. I thought about removing the post altogether but then thought it better to leave it as a lesson. It’s interesting to read back on older posts and see how my thinking on this kind of thing has changed over the years. More self-compassion is required. That doesn’t mean that we should let ourselves off with excuses! But just that we should talk to ourselves as we would talk to a friend.

Since I wrote this post, I have actually started to go to bed earlier and get more sleep and am listening to audio books and podcasts on a regular basis. I may not be very far on progress with the other items. I am reminded of a quote: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” So, onwards… but with more self-compassion! 😊

Well, the story is that progress is rubbish.  I don’t mean terrible.  It’s virtually non existent!

I had intended to start going to bed early this year.  So far, I’ve gone to bed early two out of 282 nights.  That’s a success rate of 0.7%!  Even if I was to go to bed early for the rest of the year, I’d still only have a success rate of 23%!!  Not good!

As for my 5 goals.  Here’s the current progress.

  1. Memorise part 30 of the Quran – No progress
  2. Improve overall physical fitness.  – No progress
  3. Improve martial arts skills.  – No progress
  4. Improve driving skills using home sims/games. – No progress
  5. Read at least one book per month. – No progress

I had said at the start of the year that I may have bitten off more than I could chew.  But so far, I haven’t even tried to move my jaw!  It’s a disgrace and I should be ashamed of myself… and I am!


There’s no point crying over spilt milk.  Over three quarters of the year may have gone by but that means that there’s still under one quarter of the year left to go.  Some things can still be done and I’ve got to do it or I’ll be very disappointed with myself… and certain friends of mine will never let me live it down… which of course was part of the reason I wanted to make my new years resolutions public this year 🙂

I think part of my problem is that I never got round to writing the follow up posts which made me feel like I was still to properly start.  That plus the fact that my life is totally NuTs in terms of commitments!  It’s difficult to get this across but it’s true.

But the main reason is a lack of planning.  As the old saying goes: fail to prepare… prepare to fail.

So, here we go.  From today.

Expect more posts over the next few days.

God willing.

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