New Year, New You!
A Culture Writer Shares Her Insights on New Years Goal Setting
By Remy Zerber
Happy 2023! It’s a new year and that means it's time for new goals, new habits, and a new you. Many people set new goals that they want to achieve when the new year starts as a way of having a fresh start. Even though setting goals for the new year is important for many people to improve themselves, they still may need help to achieve them.
Although you may have started the new year with all sorts of energy and motivation, chances are by this time of year you’re starting to feel the January slump. If you’re like me you might struggle to keep yourself motivated throughout the year and eventually end up not following through with your goals. People joke that all resolutions die on February first and people stop using their new gym memberships that they got at the beginning of the year, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be true. Paying for a gym membership can actually be a good way to force yourself to go to the gym and work out every day because you might feel guilty if you spent money on a gym membership and didn’t use it.
Some of my tips for setting goals are being realistic and making a plan for achieving your goals. You don’t have to make dramatic changes in your life in order to have a successful resolution. Another tip is to make a vision board and keep it where you can see it to remind yourself of your goals. Creating new habits takes time so you need to be consistent and keep yourself accountable. For example, if your goal is to work out more you can be workout buddies with a friend and you guys can keep each other motivated.
One of my new year's resolutions this year is to do more exercise. I have found it hard to be consistent with this goal because I always lose motivation. My plan to achieve this goal is to find a place where I can work out. I made a vision board this year and made it my home screen on my iPad, so hopefully, that helps me achieve my goals.
Goals are important for self improvement, but they are really tough to follow through with. Maintaining motivation is something that everyone, even I struggle with. There are certain tips and techniques that can help with achieving goals like making a vision board and being consistent. You have to be consistent to create new habits. It is always inspiring when people want to quit bad habits to improve their lives. Good luck guys!
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