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Two Tips for Actually Setting Your New Years Resolutions

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Rowan chapter.

I get it, the past two years have been tiring and the last thing we’re thinking about is how to better ourselves when

Plan for what you’ll do, not what you want to do

This might sound counterintuitive because the purpose of a goal is to get yourself motivated to make a change. However, when you set a goal and you don’t achieve the steps you want to achieve, you’re going to get discouraged.

If your goal is to lose weight, then instead of saying “I’m going to lose 100 pounds and hit the gym four times a week,” try saying “I’m going to lose as much weight as I can going to the gym two or three times a week.” Odds are, you will live a busy lifestyle or not even feel like going to the gym that often. Instead, plan your goal around what you think you’ll do so it’s easier to keep up with it.

break those big goals into smaller goals

It’s good to think big picture because when you reach those goals you’ll feel so proud and accomplished. But if you have a goal that’s too vague it might seem daunting to take on. Take your big goals and break them into smaller checkpoints to keep from getting overwhelmed in the process.

What this might look like is asking yourself “How do I get to this goal?” You might even rely on help from mentors or people who achieved the goals you want to achieve. Getting advice from someone who accomplished the goal you want to accomplish will help you a lot in your journey.

Make sure to incorporate daily, weekly and monthly checkpoints for your goals as needed.

I get it, setting goals after you’ve been through it these past few years is annoying, but 2023 is here and we can hopefully come out of this year feeling refreshed and accomplished.

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