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New Year Goals, it’s time to ditch resolutions


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New year, new me? It’s that time of year to start setting your new year goals. A lot of us will be entering the new year with this mind-set that 2023 is going to be a fresh start. When in reality, it is met with obstacles and some of your resolutions set slowly phasing out.

It is all good and well bashing New Years Resolutions, but what are the reasons why we rarely stick to them?

  • Not ready for change
  • Lack of self planning
  • No discipline and self monitoring
  • Restricting your personal development to a calendar month

New Years Resolutions that no one sticks to

You have probably heard 100 times the following new years resolutions that are recited year on year by friends and family but are rarely actioned or fall flat.

  • “I am going to go to the gym”
  • “I’m going to learn a new language”
  • “I’m going be more organised”
  • “I’m going save money”

Also, the psychology behind vocalising you are going to do something before doing it makes you feel like you have already accomplished that resolution without starting it! Using words like ‘familiarise’ or ‘improve’ allows you to approach new goals with a much healthier mindset. This makes your goals attainable as you’re not putting as much pressure on yourself.

How to set to your goals for 2023

Instead of having resolutions, goal set instead. Make a vision board for how you envision your 2023 to be. When you plan out long term goals, they are easier to stick to rather than working on several smaller resolutions. Manifestation is key!

Rather than starting all your goals in January, spread them out across the year so you have a structured approach to your goal setting and how you want to achieve your set goals.

If you’re a student, you will be working towards your higher education qualification. For goal setting around your studies, write down your academic deadlines and plan your goals around them. Having achievements to work towards are all the more inspiring, it is important to have goals that act as motivators!

A good few questions to ask yourself are:

  • What do I want to achieve?
  • How am I going to achieve my goal?
  • What defines the goal being achieved a success?

Setting SMART goals is also a great way to visualise your action plans for the new year:

Specific – What do you want to accomplish?

Measurable – How do you know when you have accomplished your goal?

Attainable – Is it realistic and attainable?

Relevant – How relevant is this goal at this stage in my life?

Time-specific – Over what period and when will I achieve this goal?

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