Developing your goals for the New Year

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  • Author Reed Markham
  • Published February 2, 2023
  • Word count 878

Have you created your New Year's resolutions? Every year, many of us make a list of resolutions that we want to accomplish throughout the year - only to forget about them within a few months. If you are struggling to develop your resolutions, Here are 6 tips to help you stay on track, reach your goals, and make this year your best year yet.

  1. Set realistic resolutions

Setting realistic, achievable goals is the key to successfully reaching your resolutions. To make sure that your resolutions stick, it's important to think of the bigger picture and create realistic steps that will help you get closer to the end goal. Some useful tips to consider include breaking big tasks into smaller ones, setting yourself achievable timelines and rewarding yourself when you reach each milestone. With determination and a clear plan of action, you can achieve your goals in the upcoming year!

  1. Start small

Start small and gradually increase your efforts over time to stay motivated when creating resolutions for the New Year. Writing down resolutions that are realistic and achievable will help you stay on track. When setting resolutions, think about your goals and aspirations in life, breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Use tools like goal tracking apps or bullet journals to help you stay organized and motivated throughout the year. Finally, don't forget to celebrate small successes when you reach each milestone - this will keep you motivated to stay on track with your resolutions. Reward yourself with a visit to a restaurant, beach, or your favorite chocolate.

  1. Track your progress

Make sure to track your progress regularly in order to keep track of your progress and maintain focus. January is a great time for resolutions and goals. As you take the time to reflect on your goals and aspirations, be sure to track your progress regularly. This will help you stay focused and assess your progress as you work through the year. Moreover, it can be helpful to establish some tips or goals that are achievable within a specific time period. Doing this will help you stay motivated and gain confidence as you make strides towards achieving your goals.

  1. Keep the momentum going

Accountability is key to maintaining motivation, so find someone who will help you stay on track and provide motivation when needed to achieve your resolutions this New Year. It can be a family member, friend or even an online community to help hold you accountable. Setting resolutions and goals at the beginning of the year is common, and there are many ways to create resolutions that have a higher likelihood of success. Researching goal-setting tips and tricks, like breaking resolutions into smaller goals, creating a timeline for yourself or rewarding yourself for progress made are all great strategies to help ensure you stay on track with your resolutions this upcoming year. With these helpful tips, you can make you make this year the most successful year yet!

  1. Write down your goals

Write down your goals to help you stay focused and motivated on achieving them. As the New Year approaches, many of us make resolutions and goals, but we often lack focus and motivation to meet them. Writing them down helps you stay on track; it's an act that creates a mental and physical connection to your goals and aspirations. When writing goals down, be specific; something like "I want to get fit" is too abstract. Instead, create goals with tangible tips such as "I want to exercise for 30 minutes a day, four times per week." Doing this will help you break goals into manageable pieces that lead to success. Remember that a goal not written is only a wish.

  1. Develop a goal achievement focus group

Having an accountability partner or focus group of family members or friends can help to keep you motivated and on track with your goals. Resolutions for the New Year can seem daunting at first, but by following some simple tips your aspirations can become a reality. For example, find a friend, family member or co-worker to help you in setting realistic goals and breaking them down into smaller achievable tasks can help you work towards your ultimate goal. Additionally, your focus group of family members and friends can be helpful in setting a timeline for yourself and establishing mini-goals to celebrate along the way will keep you engaged and motivated to continue. Finally, creating an environment that supports your resolutions is key to help you stay on track. Whether it be rearranging your workspace or taking time out to relax and reflect on your progress, ensure you are giving yourself the best chance at success. Another part of creating a supportive environment is to surround yourself with positive people to provide support and encouragement.


In conclusion, making and sticking to New Year's resolutions isn't easy, but following these tips can help you stay motivated and reach your goals. Start by identifying achievable goals, plan ahead and get organized, break your goals down into actionable steps, and surround yourself with positive people. Don't forget to reward yourself along the way, track your progress, and celebrate your wins! Taking these simple steps will ensure that you have the best chances of achieving all of your New Year's resolutions.

Reed Markham, Associate Professor

School of Humanities and Communication

Daytona State College

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