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New Year's Resolutions: How to Stick to Your Goals

Personal Growth

February 09, 2023

So, we’re already in the second month of 2023, and we’ve gone through the extensive cycle of creating vision boards, writing out goals, manifesting and so on. A lot of people leave their goals and aspirations to just manifesting, without actually putting any work in.

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Some people have been working on their goals tirelessly, some have gotten burnout from trying too hard, and others are already fed up with 2023, giving up on everything they thought this year was going to be. Regardless of whatever your current state of mind is regarding the year, it’s not too late to make your goals a reality and smoothly work towards them. Here are various ways to stick to your goals and resolutions in 2023.

Break Your Goals Down into Smaller Goals

It’s so easy to get carried away and overwhelmed by your plans, especially if you have 10 or more things you would like to accomplish written down. In order to ensure goals are achieved, they have to be broken down into smaller and simpler goals, so it’s easy to carry out.


Procrastination usually arises when tasks seem too big to accomplish, and we wait until the last minute until there’s finally motivation to try it out. If you are serious about wanting to achieve your new year resolutions for 2023, breaking down your goals into smaller bits will make them easier.


For example, if a goal of yours is to become a social media influencer before the year ends, it may seem like a lot, because you don’t know where to start. In order to break your goal down to become easier, you can watch videos and advice from people who are social media influencers, look for a niche that you believe will suit you, post consistently and interact with others to build a following, and reach out to brands after you’ve established some sort of presence. Internalizing and breaking down goals by creating targets makes them easier to achieve.

Create a Timeline for Your Goals

Procrastination is something we’ve all gone through. It happens in so many ways, and when we realize time is running out, we suddenly get pressurized and work isn’t achieved or done properly. Another way to properly stick to goals is by having a deadline and setting due dates for all your goals. My advice is to set a deadline earlier than when you actually intend to finish, so if you still end up procrastinating, you still do so during the allocated time.

When a timeline is created, it makes you work harder and eventually causes you to focus on wanting to complete your goals. Timelines show commitment and demonstrated interest to work towards goals.


Stay Disciplined, not Motivated

Motivation comes and goes all the time. It’s based on your feelings and how your mood is at that certain time. Discipline, on the other hand, ensures you still persevere and work towards your goals, regardless of how you may feel.

When you're disciplined, even if you feel like not working, you still get your work done because you've programmed your mind to keep pushing to get to the finish line. Examples of discipline can be waking up an hour or two early in order to complete tasks done, or staying up later at night to work towards your goals. As important as it is to be disciplined, it's important to remember not to overwork yourself to the point of getting burntout.


Have a friend/family member to keep you accountable

Sometimes, discussing your goals with someone trusted can make you more motivated to keep on working. Have an accountability partner, who will ensure you get everything done at the right time, and encourage you to keep on working hard. You can encourage one another, and ensure you both keep to the promises you decided collectively.

Another option is to have a reward system in place, so you treat yourself for every milestone you get to. If a goal of yours is to get better grades during this school year, a treat could be that you get to go out with your friends during the weekend if you study for 45 minutes every day after school. Talk to your family and friends about the reward system too, so you don't end up overindulging yourself.


Stay Positive with Affirmations

It's so easy to want to give up in the middle of your goals or go on a prolonged hiatus (eventually causing you to quit) because you feel like there's no progress being made. When this happens, it's important to remember your driving force as well as what motivated you at the start. Use affirmations and positivity to keep pushing on until you finally succeed.


It's not too late to make 2023 your year. With a few of these tips, you can still work very hard to complete and accomplish all of your goals for the year. Stay focused!


Oluwafeolami Awe-Joseph
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