MANILA - It's common practice to make resolutions for the New Year. But most of these are not fulfilled, according to preacher and best-selling author Bo Sanchez.
"Karamihan, we make very big emotional decisions sa umpisa ng taon. Eh hindi naman nafo-follow-up ng mga small decisions everyday, so walang connection," Sanchez said in an interview on radio dzMM on Friday.
"Kaya sinasabi ko sa mga tao huwag gumawa ng New Year's resolution. Gumawa sila ng goals tapos sa ilalim ng goals, ilista nila yung action steps para marating nila yung actual goals na sinulat nila," he said.
According to Sanchez, people should make it a point to write on paper all their goals and specific plans on how they will be able to achieve their goals.
"Importante yung pagsulat eh, hindi lang yung pag-iisip... Parang sinasabi mo sa sarili mo na, 'Seryoso ito,'" he said.
For example, if one wants to be able to run for 10 kilometers straight, he or she should first start with the easier and more achievable goals.
He said one could start by walking for two weeks, then jogging for a kilometer then later 2 kilometers, until he or she reaches the actual goal.
One should also have a solid "environment of support" for a higher probability of achieving the goal.
Sanchez said people should also ask the big question "Why?" "Look for the big 'Why?' kung bakit mo gustong maabot yung goal na yan ngayong taon. Sana maghanap ka ng emotional reason."
He said people should also know their own financial capabilities before they push themselves to achieve a certain goal that involves shelling out a lot of money, for example, buying a car.
"Kasi kung bibili ka ng kotse, eh baon ka nga sa utang, eh di isa pang utang yun. Ime-maintain mo pa yun, gastos pa yun," Sanchez said.
"So kailangang may wisdom tayo kung ano yung mga dinadasal natin. Kasi ang blessing, kung magiging burden, ibig sabihin this is not the right time," he said.