Everyone begins the New Year full of hope, plans, purpose – and a long list of things to do to achieve those plans. Between personal goals like, ‘lose weight’ to ‘learn a new language’, professional goals like, ‘get a promotion’ and ‘be more efficient’, and social goals like, ‘call my in-laws more’ and ‘be more friendly’, what tends to happen is that our minds become cluttered with all the very many things we want to do.

We create To-Do lists that have dozens of items, we become overwhelmed when we see how much we have to do, and that makes us feel guilty when we don’t get everything done.

And where does all that lead? Down a one-way street to discarded resolutions.

By February, most people start to get discouraged, feeling like they will never achieve their goals, but you don’t have to start the year on a negative note! Here are a few steps that will help you keep your resolutions better towards actualizing a more productive year yet!

  • Be practical.

New Year resolutions are not magical wish lists. They must be feasible and achievable. For instance, there is no point planning to become a CEO within the year if you have never taken a management class in your life. It would be more practical to aim to take a management course, look out for management opportunities at work, and slowly build-up to the ultimate goal.

Knowledge of your goal is key, as well as an understanding of what it will take to achieve that goal.

  • Change your patterns.

If you are trying to change something about yourself, the likelihood is that there was something you didn’t like about yourself before. As the saying goes, you cannot continue doing the same things in the same way and expect a different result.

For example, if you were always late to work last year and you want to change that this year, you need to leave home earlier this year! This may mean sleeping early so that you can wake up early. It could mean ironing your clothes the night before so that you’re not looking for what to wear in the morning.

Simple steps like these can go a long way to helping you achieve your goals.

  • Examine your motives.

It is important to check your reasons for wanting to achieve the goals on your list. If you have planned to lose weight in the New Year, but you’re a healthy weight for your height and body shape, it could actually be more dangerous to your health to try to achieve weight loss! On the other hand, if you plan to make more money because all your friends have flashy cars, you may end up doing the wrong things to achieve that goal.

It is easier to keep your resolutions when there is no pressure of comparison, jealousy or trying to fit in.

  • Start now.

Procrastination is the enemy of progress. To quote a saying, ‘do not leave until tomorrow what you can do today.’ That does not only apply to the literal “tomorrow”, it also applies to the next minute; the next hour.

If you plan to eat healthy in the New Year, don’t take another bite of that cupcake. Put it down now! If you plan to be better organised, don’t leave your clothes lying around your room! If you plan to be more proactive at work, don’t leave those emails unread!

There are always opportunities to work toward your goal: don’t delay; start now.

Now tell us, how well have your New Year resolutions been continuously achieved in times past?

L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.


Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications