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How to Use the New Year to Your Advantage

Nearly everyone has had the experience of being ardently committed to their new year’s resolution, only to lose steam a couple of months into the year. Many react to this situation by doing away with their resolutions completely. Though resolutions can be hard to keep, it is entirely possible to meet your goals if you stay steadfast in your commitment to pushing yourself to do your best.

Thankfully there is a multitude of steps that you can take to maximize your potential to succeed in your new year’s goals. Knowing the proper strategies to utilize while approaching your resolutions can make all the difference. If you’re willing to actively apply yourself to your goals, you are more than able to accomplish anything at all. 

Put It on Paper

Though it may seem like an inconsequential activity at first, writing down your goals can have an immense impact on your ability to accomplish your resolutions. Studies have shown that when you physically write something down, it is committed to memory in a more significant way. Having your goal mentally present and easy to recall throughout the day will allow you to stay focused when you feel yourself losing motivation or interest.

 Another way in which writing down your goals can be especially effective is that doing so requires you to clearly define your aspirations. It is much easier to go about achieving a clearly-specified result than a vague or ambiguous one. For example, if your goal is simply to eat healthier, you may not know how to go about adopting such a broad change of lifestyle. It is much more useful to set a specific goal, such as eating two servings of vegetables a day. Writing down your goals is an important first step in your commitment to work through your resolutions. 

Hold Yourself Accountable

It is much easier to give up on an endeavor if you don’t feel that you’re being held accountable for its completion. Whether it’s telling your family, friends, or coworkers, having other people who can hold you accountable to your goals will help to instill in you the motivation to work hard when you feel like giving up.

Find a partner or group to accompany you on your journey through the new year. You can keep each other motivated and make sure that you are hitting all your milestones. Having someone to give you a pep talk can make all the difference when times get tough. If you feel yourself starting to lose motivation, make sure to reach out to someone you trust and let them know. Having external accountability will help encourage you to push through the thicket and work towards your resolution. 

Don’t Leave It to Chance

While it may be easier to simply tell yourself that you’ll get around to getting things done, planning out when and how you act on your resolutions will help give you a better chance of meeting your goals. Make sure to plan out the details of achieving each result. For example, if your new year’s resolution is to exercise more, carve out a scheduled time each week when you plan to exercise.

On top of knowing when you will exercise, you can plan exactly what kinds of exercise to do and even the duration of time that you will do each one. Having a precise schedule will help give you something to fall back on when you begin to lose motivation. When in doubt, you can always rely upon the schedule you made when you were in a more determined state of mind. Taking the guesswork out of working on your resolutions makes it more accessible and attainable to reach your goals.

Reward Yourself for Your Progress

Even if you haven’t fully achieved your new year’s goals, make sure to stop and give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. It is important to acknowledge the hard work that you have been putting in, no matter how far along the path you are. Make a list of milestones that you will cross on your way to reaching your goal and be sure to celebrate when you reach each one.

Having a reward system will help you remember why you decided to work towards your goal in the first place, and can also give you a boost of motivation at different times along your journey. Make sure to habitually remind yourself of how far you’ve already come, and let your rewards act as an enjoyable means of reminding yourself that you are more than capable of achieving your goals. 


Achieving your new year’s resolution is well within your grasp. Though we all know what it feels like to lose motivation and give up on our endeavors, there are steps you can take to maximize your chances of achieving your goals. Writing down your goals will help to ingrain them in your mind and define exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Having people around who can hold you accountable while you’re tackling your resolutions will help encourage you to work as hard as you can. Planning out the exact steps you intend on taking and when you plan on taking them will help make it easier to stick to your resolution if you begin to lose motivation. Make sure to habitually stop and congratulate yourself on your progress as you’re working towards your goals. If you’re looking to improve your resources and connect with personal guidance for addiction, mental wellness, or personal development, reach out to True Recovery, located in beautiful southern California. Call us at (866) 399-6528 to learn more.

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