New Year New Goals Notebook
Goal Setting

New Year, New Goals!

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Call them what you will.  Resolutions, Intentions, Purposes or Goals, almost half of all Americans make resolutions at the start of the New Year.  Making Resolutions date back to the Babylonians, where they pledged to repay debts and return borrowed items.  Additionally, the Romans promised they would behave better to the god Janus.  Yet, even with centuries of making goals, according to a study  published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful.  Yet, it’s time.  Time for a New Year and New Goals.

New Years New Goals book

According to the Top 10 Resolutions each year (in varying order) are:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby 
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

No matter what you call them, and no matter what your resolutions for 2023 are, there are a few tips you can take to help you achieve your goals.

Tips for the New Year, New Goals

Mentally Prepare for Change – Build on smaller changes, stay positive and allow room for error

Change Ahead Road Sign

Set a Goal that Motivates you – Be sure your resolutions align with your goals, priorities, dreams, and aspirations

Limit Resolutions to a Manageable Amount – It’s best to limit your Resolutions to no more than 3.  You are not a Superhero. You can’t do it all.

Be specific with your Intentions – Set SMART Goals:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely

SMART Goals Chart

Break Big Goals into Smaller Goals and set the Action Steps you will take to meet those larger Goals

Write down your Intentions and place them somewhere you will see them EVERYDAY, MULTIPLE TIMES a day

Share your Resolutions with others and allow them to hold you accountable

Share Your New Year's Resolutions Below sign

Review your Resolutions regularly and do a check in.  Where are you, how are you doing and celebrate your achievements whenever you can.  However, if you fall short, don’t beat yourself up.  Just pick yourself up and get started again.

If you are looking for a way to achieve your resolutions in 2023, I’ve created a helpful tool you can use for your New Year and New Goals.  Use all of it.  Use parts of it, or use the parts that work for you.

Here’s to 2023 – a New Year and New Goals, achieving them and RESETTING your life!


Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – CHRISTINA SCALISE

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