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: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”


Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications