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New Year, New Me

As the clock strikes midnight on January 1, everyone has a surge of motivation for new goals and successes, but how can you actually achieve them?
Photo by Kaci Perry
2024 brings in new opportunities for growth. Don’t feel discouraged with a little of demotivation, keep going and become your best self.

  The new year signifies a chance for personal transformation, starting with New Year’s resolutions. The idea of self-improvement leaves everyone feeling hopeful for the future.  Here are eight tips to make sure you achieve your goals in the new year.

Start with Small Goals

   You might feel enthusiastic and driven towards your goal, but be careful not to let your ambition push you toward unrealistic standards. When attempting a new activity, begin gradually and consistently rather than committing to it all at once.              

   For example, if you are wanting to get into the gym, start with going three days a week for 30 minutes, then gradually work towards more days and longer workouts. This approach allows your body to acclimate and progress steadily. This tactic can prevent discouragement as you work towards your goal. 

Make it Measurable

    To make your goal achievable, it is crucial to design it in a specific and measurable way. For instance, if you are aiming to read more, set a clear time frame for yourself each day. This could be 20 minutes before you go to bed every night. Establishing measurable goals helps portray what success is for your goal. 

Be Realistic

   Tailor your goals to fit your lifestyle and what’s realistically attainable for you, otherwise your motivation might diminish. Be honest with yourself and factor in the time and resources you have at your disposal to make sure you can effectively pursue your goals. 

Make a Plan

    It is important to understand your goal, but make sure to also determine timing, location, and purpose behind it to create a solid plan of action and keep yourself in line for success. 

Stay Positive

   Accepting changes in life can be challenging, but only looking at the downsides may demotivate you. Instead of fixating on the exhaustion after the gym or stress from quitting an addiction, believe in your goal. Keep highlighting the benefits and the positive impact that your resolution will bring in the long run. Stay committed to your goal and make it happen. Positivity will fuel your resolution and keep you on track. 

Make a Vision Board

   Create a vision board decorated with images representing your goals. You can display it or keep it tucked away for occasional motivational glimpses. When the year is over, look at your board and realize what you have accomplished, maybe without even realizing it. 

Manifest your Goals

   The culture of manifestation centers on an idea that by focusing on positive thoughts and intentions, individuals can attract their goals. A good way to use manifestation for new years resolutions is by writing all your goals down in an “I will” format. For example, if your goal is to get accepted to Harvard, you would take a piece of paper and write, “I will be accepted into Harvard.” This reinforces a positive mindset and the belief that you can do it.

Reward Yourself

   No matter what your goal is, set milestones where you reward yourself with something you want or need. If your goal is within the gym, let’s say you consistantly worked out four days a week for three months, then you can buy yourself a piece of clothing for the gym. Setting these milestones to reward yourself will help you push yourself more. 

   No matter what your goals are for the new year, don’t give up on yourself when it gets hard. You can do whatever you put your mind to. Use these eight tips to ensure you achieve your goals in the 2024 season. 

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Kaci Perry, Reporter