How to Prepare a Practical New Year Resolution

Tips on How to Set up Achievable Goals for The New Year

Who told setting up new year resolutions is a drag and useless exercise? 

Take the following step by step guide on how to draft practical New Year resolutions and you will be be pleasantly surprised to see that these simple steps will turn the annual ritual into an absorbing, fruitful exercise.

Here, then, is the step by step guide on practical new year resolutions:

Step 1: The SWOT Analysis- Review Your Last Year.

SWOT Analysis means analysis of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. SWOT analysis is a very useful tool to use whenever you take up a task in daily life. Though you may not succeed every time, your failure rate is drastically cut down when you use SWOT analysis and act accordingly. Your confidence and self respect will grow because you know that you have done what you must. When you make the SWOT list, put them under the following headings- personal, family, social, professional and spiritual.

S for your strengths. Which were your best achievements last year? Which personal qualities helped you achieve those? What are your professional and financial strengths? Backups? Have you underutilized any of your strengths last year? Make a list of each.

W for your weaknesses: What were your failures?  What do you think were the reasons for those weak performances? Make a list. Do not cheat yourself.

O for Opportunities that knocked on your door during the last one year. Make the list of opportunities that you turned to your advantage and also those which you have missed. You may get additional points for your strength and weakness lists when you prepare this list.  Also prepare a tentative list of opportunities that you think may come up next year.

T for Threats. What were the challenges that you had to face during the last year? How many did you tackle head on? How many actually pulled you back? Make a list of the threats that you may have to face next year.

Step 2: Review your SWOT analysis list.

Now that you have your SWOT analysis list, go through it with a comb.

For each weakness, jot down the positive changes you would make (in your attitude and actions) during the next few months.

For each threat, note down the resources that you will have to mobilize so you can nullify their negative effects and practically convert them into advantages for the coming year.

Sort out the gems and pearls among your strengths and opportunities that you would like to retain and improve upon.

Convert challenges into opportunities for progress. Prune your list so that essential, even difficult tasks get priority over simple, not so essential tasks.

Chuck out the really difficult new year resolutions that you know you cannot and would not keep. How ever, if you feel that these are essential for your progress, give them a try. There is nothing to lose, only a little self respect maybe, but everything to gain!

Keep your ego aside and discuss the list with your spouse and/or close friends. They might help you realize some important personal characteristic of yours that you might have missed.

Step 3: Goal Setting: Prepare a Plan of Action.

Prepare a plan of action in black and white. Write down your short term (1-3 months), intermediate (3-12 months) and long term (1 year) goals. Group your selected goals into ‘very essential, essential and not so essential’ categories. Also try assorting into ‘easy, not so easy and difficult’ new year resolutions.  Look at the list again and prioritize them. Take a final bold step and strike off the resolutions or goals that you know are not going to materialize.

Step 4: Record Your New Year Resolutions in Black & White.

It is always advisable to have a vision of what you want to achieve during the next one year,

popular new year resolutions – colorful sticky notes on a cork board

5 years, 10 years and so on. At present, though, let us concentrate on the coming new year. Putting down your goals with a date and plan of action in black and white is the essential step forward in achieving your visions.

Remember: A vision is a goal with a date and plan of action.

Take a large size printout and paste it where you can see it first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed at night, on the wall opposite your bed, on the fridge door, near the bathroom mirror.

Finally, review, and if necessary, revise the list periodically. There is no hard and fast rule that you cannot improve upon your new year resolutions!


Bald is Beautiful!

At the outset let me point out that this bit is not written to discourage those who have embarked on the enterprising trichological quests in pursuit of the hairy mirage. This is a fact : by no stretch of imagination can one consider Male Pattern Baldness a disease, though it does cause some dis-ease in the feeble minded! At the most it can be branded a cosmetically distressing ‘problem’.

Bald is Beautiful

An article in praise of the chrome dome by Prof. Raja Babu of Hyderabad, one of the doyens of dermatology in India, set me browsing the net and literature to get to the root of the scant hair scenario. And this search did prove to be quite fascinating.

Here was one web site by a group of merry ladies, a fan club of THE BALD:

Quote: What was it we liked about bald men? The sense of strength, confidence, intelligence, a well-seasoned maturity combined with a well-reasoned sense of self confidence. The way they simply radiate passion and masculinity. Did you know that there is a concept that some men are so brilliant and fiery that their overwhelming passion burns out the roots of their hair? Sigh.

……Meanwhile, all of us knew at least one sterling young man who was fretting over his hairline, and here we were trying to tell them DON’T DO IT! Agh! Toupees! Implants! Rogaine! Yuck! You might think it covers it up, but a woman always knows. Just be yourself, and be proud! Anybody who razzes you about it is either excessively immature, or just doesn’t have any idea what they are talking about. Baldness is sexy. Mrrrrowww! Unquote.

There is no historical record of how long baldness has been blessing men. A reasonable guess is that our cave dwelling ancestors were never bald, but were endowed with bearish overgrowth all over to protect them from the rough exteriors. Richard Harrison and William Montagna predicted long ago in their book ‘Man’ that men of future generations shall be even balder, ultimately a time will come when each and every single hair root will vanish into the oblivion of evolution. To put in a nut shell, the bald men are far ahead in the evolution tree than their contemporary hairy cousins. Wow! Something to be proud of, isn’t it?

Copy Right
Copy Right

Aristotle (BC 384-322 BC) associated baldness with “libidinous males” and Hippocrates (460-377 BC) observed that ‘eunuchs do not take Gout nor become bald’. A 1983 study revealed that bald men have high concentrations of testosterone in their saliva compared to their hairy counterparts. Lots of other studies also point towards a greater aggression, a greater virility or a greater reproductive ability in the Bald Machos!

Economically also the bald stands to gain. No hair cut expense, no oil, no combs. And heavy savings on grooming time and money!

Still a lot of deluded bald heads world over spend millions every year in vain search of the hairy mirage. Since time immemorial the obsession to regrow the lost vanity had bordered on pathological obsessions for the magical cure.

Look at this ancient Egyptian remedy for the baldness: Spread a mixture (on the bald head) of the fat of a lion, a hippo, a deer, a crocodile, a goose and a serpent. Hunting must have been a part of the medical curriculum in those days! Another ‘simpler’ remedy simply consists of equal parts of writing ink and cerebrospinal fluid.

Minoxidil and Fenestride compete with hundreds of alternate herbal cousins which promise miraculous cures for the distressed and the deluded. Many people who fall victims to the high profile, and most of the time unethical, advertisement gimmicks get temporary and scanty relief after years of scrubbing and rubbing.. By the time they realize the futility of the exercise they are poorer by thousands of dollars. Herman Melville in Moby-Dick (1851) puts it rather bluntly: “In truth, (if) a mature man who uses hair-oil, (then) that man has probably got a quoggy spot in him somewhere. As a general rule, he can’t amount to much in his totality!”. What can you say to that?

Back to the sowing days, transplanting hair roots was a fashion for a brief period, which lost its charms in the aftermath of huge chunks of gaping holes in the purse coupled with equally unbearable and prolonged pains that the courageous had to endure.

Concealment was taught to the humanity by none other than Julius Caesar the First who used to comb forward in a brave attempt to conceal his bald pate. We definitely know he was unsuccessful in his attempts as his apical activities have been carefully noted by his historians and passed on for the posterity as a’ piece de coupe’! With the eminently stylish wreath becoming an object de fashion , ancient Romans were also the forerunners of the multibillion dollar wig business; though the emperors kept the laurel wreath for themselves for many centuries. and denied their citizens the ‘pleasure’ of concealment.

god bald headWilliam Shakespeare, himself a respectable bald, was quick to recognize that baldness and wit go together. The Bard noted in ” The Comedy Of Errors”: “…and what he (God, that is) scanted men in hair he hath given them in wit..”.

We have many contemporary “greats” who adorn the Hall of Fame with natural and aided chrome pates: Yul Brunner, Persis Kambatta, Sinead O’Connor and not to forget Andre Agassi and Michael Jordan, the list is long and reads like a Who is Who in the world of the famous.Explore the ‘heady’ properties of the powerful leaders of the Nations , and , have no doubt, the Bald will shine far ahead than the hairy ones.

Forget the story of Samson and Delilah. What kind of wimp loses all his strength at the mere snip of his hair? Real men do their talking with chrome domes. Want proof? Just look at the world of professional wrestling, where the hottest and brightest superstars have smooth skin and don’t wear rugs to cover it up!

Ambrose Bierce in his The Devil’s Dictionary (1911), defines RESPECTABILITY as ‘The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account’. No doubt about it, yes, the bald scalp symbolizes Wealth and Wisdom. Cool!

“Skin is in,” claims John Capps, president and founder of the Bald Headed Men of America, with more than 20,000 gleaming members. “The few, the proud, the bald,” he says. The membership of BHMA is open to all “Bald-headed men who agree with the philosophy ‘Bald is beautiful’.

BHMA is dedicated to the belief that bald-headed men (whether chrome-dome, balding pate, or bald spot) have extra individual character. It strives to cultivate a sense of pride in all bald-headed men and to eliminate the loss of self-esteem associated with loss of hair and promotes National Rub a Bald Head Week.

During the week and the annual conference held in the second weekend of September, the Founder gives speeches and makes television appearances proclaiming ‘the fun of being bald.’ The organization also maintains speakers’ bureau and charitable programs; compiles statistics and operates a Hall of Fame.”

The Bald Pride slogans promoted by BHMA:bald-beauty

  • Bald is Beautiful
  • Bald is Bold
  • The Few! The Proud! The Bald!
  • Hairless Hunks!

The address of the BHMA is equally revealing: 102, Bald Drive, Morehead City, North Carolina,28557!

At last year’s annual convention of the Bald Headed Men of America in Morehead City, N.C., women were the judges in deciding the best “overall appearance” of a bald head. “First they caress and feel the shape of a head,” says Capps, “then they look at it from a distance to see the twinkle in the eye, and the twinkle in the smile. All this blends together and becomes as pretty as a full moon.”
Last year’s winner was a gregarious Leo Lane, an Australian Priest who celebrated his smooth victory by offering a blessing for every bald head at the convention.
Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur (Matthew Arnold ,1888), my Bald Brothers out there, what have we lost but our hair? The Creator could create only this many perfect heads, the rest he had to camouflage with hair! This is the age of the Vanishing Hair…. Be Proud! Be Happy! And go out there and SHINE!


Welcome to Skin Care Tips from Dermatologist!

Dr Hanish Babu, MD Dermatologist
Dr Hanish Babu, MD

Dr.Hanish Babu, MD is an Indian Dermatologist & Venereologist practicing in Ajman, UAE. He is the author of the well known Stress Management e-Book package online 10 Days to Stress Free Life and a net-entrepreneur. He is also a certified hypnotist, stress management trainer and personality development trainer. He edits half a dozen web sites on the above subjects. He is a well known dermatologist and venereologist, with a vast experience of treating skin diseases for 3 decades, 19 years in UAE itself.

Dr.Hanish Babu Started his practice in 1983, first as a general physician and then as a specialist dermatologist since 1989. He worked as a general physician among the poor tribals of  Wayanad in the southern Indian state of Kerala from 1983 to 1989.

As a dermatologist, Dr.Babu has come across all forms of skin diseases in his busy practice. His patients belong to all nationalities and cultures. He is an avid educator and spends quality time with his patients both in his consultancy and during the group therapy sessions he conducts for psychodermatoses like psoriasis, urticaria, eczema, neurodermatitis etc.


Dr.Hanish Babu, MD, is at present practicing in City Medical Centre, Ajman, UAE and is available for consultation on all Days of the week except Fridays. Appointments: 06 7441882.

Consulting Time at City Medical Centre:

  • Morning: Saturday through Thursday: 9 to 12.30 noon
  • Evening: Saturday through Thursday : 5- 9 pm

Services Offered:

  • Outpatient Consultation on all Skin Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Acne Treatment
  • Laser Vein Removal
  • Laser Skin Tightening
  • Minor Surgeries like removal of Skin Tags, Sebaceous Cyst, Skin Blemishes, Warts, Ingrown Nail etc
  • Electrocautery, chemical cautery and cryo-surgery for Skin Growths, warts etc.
  • Specialty Clinics for
    • Psoriasis
    • Vitiligo
    • Eczema
    • Psychodermatoses
    • Hair & Nail Disorders
    • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Stress Management Seminars for psoriasis and patients suffering from other psychodermatoses.

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