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How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Firstly, I’d like to extend warm wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone. Now that we’ve entered 2024, it’s an opportune time to pen down your New Year’s resolutions. While some have expressed what they want to leave behind in the past year, many haven’t yet established clear and realistic goals for 2024.

For some, the commencement of a new year signifies the start of a fresh chapter, while others argue that setting January goals is futile since most resolutions tend to falter by mid-March.

Nevertheless, it’s essential to recognize the value of adhering to your New Year’s resolutions, ensuring it doesn’t feel like a futile endeavour. Resolutions should not be viewed with dread; instead, they serve as a means to concentrate on the positive changes that can enrich our lives.

Defining your goals is pivotal for achieving them, offering direction and a motivational plan of action. Clearly outlined goals provide a roadmap for our journey and a plan that sustains our interests.

New Year’s resolutions come in diverse forms, but the common thread is their aim to bring positive impacts to your life. Whatever your goal may be, ensure you’re on the right path to accomplishing it.

Always remember that commitment becomes more manageable when your goal is specific and well-defined. Avoid vague objectives like “be less anxious” and, instead, establish precise goals such as “practice a relaxation exercise once a day”.

To enhance your chances of sticking to your 2024 New Year’s resolution and minimize the likelihood of giving up, consider following these steps below:

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1. Start with small goals

The eager enthusiasm for setting a goal can sometimes lead to failure. Rather than committing to lofty objectives, begin with smaller steps. Achieving your goal in gradual increments can prevent discouragement.

For instance, instead of committing to saving N60,000 from your N150,000 salary each month, start with N10,000 to N20,000. This way, you can adapt to the process and gradually increase your savings.

2. Carry out your goals

After outlining your goals, the next step is putting them into action. Create steps for each goal to enhance your chances of success. For instance, if you aim to make more friends in 2024, develop a checklist to set yourself up for success. This checklist might include noting the type of personalities to seek out, setting reminders to connect with people at events or new locations, initiating conversations, and more.

Additionally, when you accomplish a goal, consider rewarding yourself to sustain motivation. Associating a reward with each achievement boosts your motivation. Rewards can range from watching your favourite TV show, taking a bath, enjoying a spa treatment, downloading and watching a movie, to reading a book.

3. Identify your goals

Take a moment to reflect on the changes or achievements you desire. Consider your short-term goals (tasks to tackle in the next few weeks), medium-term goals (plans for the next 6–12 months), and long-term goals (aspirations for your lifetime).

By mapping out these goals, you make them more distinct, enabling you to plan for each one. It’s essential to recognize that the requirements for short or medium-term goals differ from those of long-term goals.

Ensure your goals are realistic and achievable, aligning them with your lifestyle and capabilities. Setting goals following what’s attainable for you prevents potential loss of motivation. Be truthful with yourself, taking into account the resources and time available to support your goal achievement.

For instance, if you’ve never exercised before, expecting to hit the gym four times a week for an hour may be unrealistic. As mentioned earlier, begin with smaller goals as you progress toward larger ones.

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4. Set concrete and specific goals

Make sure your goals are clear and specific. If they are too vague, it can be challenging to determine the necessary steps for achievement.

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Ineffective examples of goals:

  • Eat better, eat less
  • Save money
  • Be less anxious
  • Going back to school

Effective examples of goals:

  • Consume at least one piece of fruit daily
  • Deposit N5000 in my savings account each month
  • Engage in a relaxation exercise once a day
  • Enroll in a class at a community college in the spring

5. Make your goals measurable

To make your goal achievable, ensure it is specific and measurable. If you aim to exercise more, specify the duration: for instance, 30 minutes a day, four times a week. This way, you have a clear idea of what success looks like for your goal.

To monitor your progress effectively, consider using an activity tracker. These tools, accessible on Android phones or Apple products, allow you to log your food intake and exercise, providing valuable insights into your journey.

6. Stay positive

Maintain a positive mindset and stay committed to your goal. Avoid dwelling on the challenges or discomfort encountered during the pursuit of your goals, as this can demotivate you.

For instance, if you’re hitting the gym daily to achieve your dream body, try not to focus on how tired you might feel. Have faith in your goal and remind yourself of the positive impact it will bring to your life. Always emphasize the positive aspects to stay dedicated to your resolution and see it through.

As we have entered 2024, consider it a chance for a fresh start, taking charge of things while granting yourself patience and grace. Remember to start with small steps, plan effectively, and cultivate patience.

Anticipate that 2024 will bring even greater achievements. You’ve got this!

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Reekado Banks Says Don Jazzy Changed His Life

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In the Nigerian music industry, artists often leave their record labels due to conflicts or disagreements. However, Reekado Banks is an exception to this trend. In a recent interview with media personality Daddy Freeze, Reekado clarified that his departure from Mavin Records was amicable.

During the interview, Daddy Freeze asked Reekado about his decision to leave the label. Reekado expressed his disapproval of the general assumption that his departure was caused by bad blood. He emphasised maintaining a positive relationship with Mavin Records and its founder, Don Jazzy.

“That man took me from absolutely nothing. I wonder why anyone would think it wasn’t amicable. The end of the contract came, I wanted to leave and he (Don Jazzy) gave me his blessings,” Reekado said concerning his departure.

Reekado also spoke about how the frequent conflicts between artists and record labels in Nigeria might be why people thought he fought with Mavin Records.

“I feel like it’s a tradition in the Nigerian record label business for artists to breakout angrily from their record labels and this is being imposed on my relationship with Jazzy.” Reekado Banks said on the assumptions surrounding his departure.

Reekado further emphasised the positive nature of his departure. He described Don Jazzy, the founder of Mavin Records, as a “blessing” and someone he remains “eternally grateful” to. This statement highlights the mutual respect and appreciation between Reekado and his former label, further dispelling any rumours of a negative split.

Reekado Banks’ departure from Mavin Records stands out as a positive example in the Afrobeats industry, which has often seen messy breakups between artists and labels. Unlike Reekado’s amicable split, other artists haven’t been as fortunate.

For instance, Brymo’s legal battle with Chocolate City was a long and drawn-out affair. Similarly, Skales and Baseline Records ended their relationship on a sour note, taking each other to court. Runtown’s highly publicised dispute with Eric Many paints a similar picture.

In 2022, the industry was rocked by the very public fight between Marlian Records and Mohbad, which gained even more attention after the artist’s tragic passing. These cases highlight the contrasting situations in the Afrobeats world, where Reekado’s smooth departure from Mavin Records is a welcome exception.

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Kate Henshaw Breaks Silence On Her Mother’s Passing

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Kate Henshaw lost her mother, who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. The news was first shared publicly by Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Following the news, Kate Henshaw took to Instagram to confirm the passing of her mother. She also expressed her appreciation for the public’s support and requested that they keep her in their thoughts during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother on March 1st 2024,” the actress wrote. “Your prayers mean the world to me during this difficult time. Please keep my family in your thought. Rest in peace Mummy. Love. Kate Henshaw,” the statement reads.

 

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The news of Kate Henshaw’s mother’s passing comes a few days after the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, shared the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. This suggests there may have been a short delay between passing and the public announcement.

Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace. @actorsguildofnigeria,” his post read.

Fans and fellow actors from the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, have flooded Kate Henshaw’s Instagram page with messages of condolence and support in the wake of her mother’s passing.

Sending you love sis, May God strengthen your family at this time. And May her gentle soul rest with the angels 🙏🏾 Hugs ❤️,” the actress Susan Peters said.

“God Abeg oooo! So sorry sis 😢😢😢 pls take heart,” the actress Uche Ogbodo said.

“Dear Aunty Kate, My Condolences 💐 It is well with you and your Family❤,” the actor Oluwaseyi Kelvin Audu said.

“My deepest condolence Sis. May God comfort you at this trying time . God rest her soul 🙏🕊️❤️,” actor Ken Erics posted.

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Burna Boy Achieves Historic Feat At Sold-out Boston Concert

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Burna Boy continues to solidify his status as a global music powerhouse with his captivating live performances. On March 2nd, the superstar headlined a sold-out show at the 20,000-seat TD Arena in Boston, marking another stop on his “I Told Them” tour.

This concert further cemented his reputation as a global entertainer following his historic back-to-back sold-out shows at the 19,000-capacity Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Boston concert wasn’t just about electrifying the audience with his music. Burna Boy also received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston, who presented him with a plaque commemorating “Burna Boy Day.”

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Burna Boy’s success transcends individual performances and tours. Since his 2018 international breakthrough with the hit single “YE,” he has consistently broken records and achieved numerous firsts for Nigerian and African music.

Notably, he became the first Nigerian mainstream pop artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving it for his fifth album, “Twice As Tall.” He also holds the record for most Grammy nominations (10) for a Nigerian artist and is the first African artist to win three consecutive BET Awards.

 

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Burna Boy’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. He is consistently pushing boundaries in the live performance scene. He holds the distinction of being the first African artist to headline stadium concerts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, further solidifying his position as a global leader in Afrobeats and a true inspiration to the continent.

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