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By Ardain Isma

CSMS Magazine

As we’re ready to say goodbye to 2012, we can’t help ourselves to go in retrospect.  To many of us, this year has been a roller coaster ride, a ride we may never want to repeat. Two thousand twelve is leaving us with many things left unresolved: A bloody protracted war in Syria, economic turmoil in Europe and the threat of a fiscal cliff looming over the head of each American.

Life has never been an easy journey. To be successful in life, according to researchers, there is a key component that one can’t do without: survival skills. Experts say despite higher cognitive ability someone can acquire in academia, the ability to overcome unexpected challenges lies with an acute reasoning that only good survival instincts can provide.   It has been proven countless of times that mixing academic strengths with survival abilities can produce dazzling results.

Every year, we make great resolutions; but we always manage to honor only a few. The problem is that we make promises that are very difficult if not impossible to keep.  It is best to make resolutions that are deemed achievable according to our ability. Failure to do so will result into unwanted discouragement and perhaps ultimate oblivion. And we start all over again next year.

Instead of making yoyo resolutions, I suggest choosing something or some achievable things we want to accomplish throughout the course of the year and stick to them. Whether it is to lose weight, to earn a professional career, to get married, it is important to use our New Year’s resolutions as constant reminders, as focal points of motivations when working to make our dream a reality. Remember, discipline is everything.

There will be times we might be thinking of giving up trying because the obstacles seem insurmountable. But only our desire to reach our goal will keep us from quitting. There is no life in one way, and success never comes without a price—whether the price is heavy or light. Only those who quit will never see the Promise Land. Believe me, when success has been achieved, the bumpy detours that we had to either circumvent or overcome will simply be footnotes in our life story.

Finally, as I’m ready to close these remarks, I’m wishing all my readers a happy and prosperous New Year. Once again, remember to choose your resolutions wisely and stick to them.

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