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New Year, New Me: How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Reality

A new year means a chance to start over, reflect, and make resolutions for a better year ahead. Here’s how to make your new year’s resolution into reality.

Why do people make new year’s resolutions? Aside from having something to look forward to in the future, making resolutions also help you practice self-discipline, self-awareness, and dedication to pursue what you want to happen for the coming year. It is also a reminder that change is possible—that nothing is impossible.

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution into Reality

1. Think about what happened throughout the year.

New beginnings require learning from the past. Before you can pinpoint your new year’s resolution, it always helps to make a backtrack per month and think about the highs and lows of that month. You can think of it as an assessment of what you think went right, and what you don’t want to happen again. Remember, there are 365 days in a year and you can make each one count by sticking to your new year’s resolution.

2. List down your goals for the upcoming new year.

Some years are yours for the taking, and some years will leave some unfinished business or goals. Before you transition to another year, it’s important to figure out what you’re aiming for in the future. You can start by thinking about the small things like starting a new hobby, buying fewer clothes, and up to bigger goals like buying a house or increasing your income. Once you see your goals, you can align your new year’s resolution to reach them.

3. Manage your expectations on achieving your resolution.

Sometimes, people can get too caught up in actualizing their resolutions that they forget to cut themselves some slack when things don’t happen immediately. This is where managing your expectations comes in. Reaching goals takes time, energy, and other resources, so every time you feel like there’s no progress in your journey, remind yourself that as long as you’re trying, it will surely pay off.

4. Avoid distractions or unhealthy habits.

If you’ve already thought about what happened throughout the year, then you have already figured out what went wrong. Whether it’s because of bad decisions, toxic surroundings, or honest mistakes, one golden rule you should always follow is to never engage in anything that will only cause you harm. Being dedicated to reaching a goal means you commit yourself to self-discipline, healthy habits, and continuous growth.

As another year approaches, don’t forget to bring with you the lessons and growth from this year. While every new year guarantees new beginnings, the past year guarantees how far you’ve already come.