"The first day of the New Year should be a day of reflection, a day of prayer, a day of praise and thanks that we were blessed to make it through the last year, because there are so many of those that we know, those that we love, who started the New Year with us last year, but did not know that it would be the beginning of their last year on this Earth. So when we are fortunate to be alive to see an old year go out, and a new year comes in, for me, that time should be spent reflecting and thanking God for those who touched our lives and sweetened our own presence on this Earth, but are no longer present with us."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Minster Farrakhan


Fight for Life: The Truth About New Year's Resolutions

Posted Nov 28, 2017
By Qaadir Naqib

​​​​​​​Last year most of us set goals for this year. Many of us came into this year saying that this is our year and that things will be different and we claimed that we had a new mindset, a new way of getting things done and that we will no longer be settling for less and we set goals for the year to accomplish, etc.  

Sad to say, but only a small percentage of us actually achieved our goals. Do you know why most of us don't accomplish our goals especially our New Year's resolutions? It's because we don't truly believe in ourselves and another reason is we don't have anything to lose (at least we think). 

Try this the next time you have a goal in mind. Tell someone then wage a bet on yourself with that person. Another reason why we don't achieve our goals is because we don't set realistic ones with the proper amount of time to accomplish it. We should take time to sit down and access our current condition and start from where we are. Start by setting realistic goals and it doesn't matter how far out your goals are, the key is to be actively working on getting them accomplished.  

Have you ever seen a certificate of achievement? Did you ever see a start date on it? I haven't. Why is that? Because each task has it's obstacles and it may also be discouraging to see that it took ten years to complete something that was designed to be completed in four years. The point is that we should focus on starting and finishing, not how long it's going to take us. Another reason why we fail to achieve our goals is that we don't have an action plan. We just have the goal. We never consider how we are going to reach them, and without a plan of action, we don't know where to start.  

We should also give ourselves a detailed end date or a date of reflection so that we can see how much closer we are to getting our goal completed. Don't focus on what you can't control and what you can't do at this moment. Just focus on the what I can do and also find someone to hold you accountable. In fact, find a few people.  

Don't ask a person who doesn't complete anything, be serious about it and find that person or persons you know will truly hold you accountable to doing what you say you're going to do. 

We actually have a lot to lose if we think about it. We lose our confidence ourselves, we continue to live a life of what if. We lose the chance to bless our children with a better life or our love ones.  

Start now don't wait until 2018 because 2018 actually already started. You don't believe me go look up a few people you like rather they be entertainers, public speakers, hell check your local library and I promise you'll see that they all have places and things to do on the calendar in 2018 already. So the question is what's on your calendar for next year, or even today?  

More next issue God willing.  

“Fight 4 Life” NO EXCUSES practical application of the week.  
Do a real assessment of self  
Set realistic goals with realistic time  
Write down your goal/s 
What's your why?  
Find an accountability partner/s 
Get out of your comfort zone  

Sincerely Your  
Brother and Servant  
The Wellness Preacher 

So fresh and so clean

Qaadir’ Naqib is the founder of “Fight 4 Life” NO EXCUSES, a non-profit organization that was inspired through his journey of losing weight. He became known as The Wellness Preacher. He has organized numerous events and fundraisers in cities from Pasadena, California to Phoenix, AZ.

In 2015, He was inspired to send a group of youth from his hometown to Washington D.C for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Qaadir', who co-created J.O.E 626, grew up in a single parent home in a neighborhood known for gang violence and drugs. He was able to break free from the chains of his environment and started to mentor young males with a goal of preventing them from going down the wrong path in life. In the fall of 2016, he launched a 12 week manhood training course for young men from ages 8-18.