Why doesn't constant trampling defeat the dandelion? The key to its strength is its long and sturdy root, which extends deep into the earth. The same principle applies to people. The true victors in life are those who, enduring repeated challenges and setbacks, have sent the roots of their being to such a depth that nothing can shake them.” Dr Daisaku Ikeda.

Dr Daisaku Ikeda is an Educator, Nuclear Disarmament Advocate, Buddhist Philosopher, and a Prolific Author.

2020 has been a year that pushed each of us to our limits, challenging our very potential to survive, thrive and grow. Its time to introspect and take note of the lessons learnt. As the quote says, let us develop that resilience like the dandelion flower that never gets defeated. Everything we do, not only transforms our own lives but creates value for others too. Three things that this phenomenal 2020 pointed us to understand was this complex interconnectedness of life, the human potential to work for others with a supreme stand-alone spirit and NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE.

Here are the top 5 New Year Resolutions to Create A New Self, Resilient, Capable and Resourceful.

1. Respect Each Life and Appreciate Uniqueness of Each Person

We all witnessed tremendous suffering across the globe and in parallel, also witnessed ordinary individuals rising up to action to support lives selflessly. This is one of the greatest lessons in humanity. Unless and until we develop the capability for respecting each life, we will never be able to truly create a world where each life gets equal accessibility and opportunity to grow and be happy. Each life connected to us has a purpose to play in our lives. The more we build on this capability for cherishing and appreciating life, the more purposeful our own life becomes.

2. Be Grateful for Everything that You Have

Gratitude invites abundance and good fortune. When we look around, we find innumerable small things that we need to be grateful for. A lot of people don’t live to see and experience the wonders of life.

3. Upgrade Your Skills

To create a life that is resilient and resourceful, you need to constantly learn and upgrade your skills. It is important to step out of one’s comfort zone because unless we challenge to learn new, we truly cannot prepare ourselves for challenging times. The pandemic has reinstated Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest and therefore, it is important to build on newer capabilities. Whether it is enrolling for a futuristic course launched by IIM on Blockchain or digital marketing, every new learning will redefine you.

4. Develop Empathy and Compassion

Truly, the world needs empathy. To be able to create a year of opportunities and hope, let’s develop empathy. Let’s build on the capability to step into other shoes and understand what they are going through. With the lines between the professional and personals lives getting blurred due to virtual work system, unprecedented working hours and mounting business challenges., Let’s make it easier for each other, collaborate and communicate better.

5. Adopt Holistic Practices for Harnessing the Power of Body and Mind

Body and mind are our greatest treasures. Let us embark on this new year 2021 with a fresh determination to adopt at least one holistic practice that would empower us to make positive shifts in our lifestyle. It can be taking up a new sport or an exercise form or a philosophy for life. This would help us unleash the power of our mind and generate courage, compassion, and wisdom in depths of our hearts. When our body and mind work in perfect synchrony, we can truly make the impossible possible and add a great value in everything that we do.

Here’s wishing you all a very happy, enriching and fruitful 2021! May we achieve greater success in all human endeavours.