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How to set new year goals that you will actually stick with

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With 2022 quickly coming to an end, it is time when most people reflect on the past, looking back on their goals they set at the beginning of the year and evaluate what went well and what didn’t. However, we often find ourselves anxious when trying to assess our goal accomplishment at the end of they year and afraid of being inadequate for not achieving enough of our original plans.


This time we are here to help you be mindful when it comes to goal setting for the new year, and guide you through the best practices that will get you to commit to your goals and achieve them.

Start with the big picture:

Start with the big picture. Before you start setting specific goals, take some time to think about what you want to achieve in the long term. What are your values and priorities?

Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve will help guide your goal setting process.

Use SMART framework:

  • S: Specific

Make sure you know exactly what you set off to achieve by writing down in detail what you want rather than making general statements. For example: instead of writing “I want to get a muscular body” write “I want to exercise 4 times a week”.

  • M: Measurable

How will evaluate your goal from success and failure is crucial, to do that to add some criteria to help assess your progress.

  • A: Attainable

Is your goal within reach? If you set goals that are too ambitious, you may become discouraged and give up. Consider your current circumstances and resources when setting your goals. If you're not sure what's realistic, try setting smaller, intermediate goals that will help you build up to your larger goals.

  • R: Relevant

Your goals must contribute to your long term objectives and must all have a shared purpose.

  • T: time-bound

Set deadlines. Having a deadline can help give you a sense of urgency and motivation to work towards your goals. Make sure to set realistic deadlines, but also don't be afraid to push yourself.

Write your goals

Researchers have reported that people who write their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. The idea here is that our consciousness is tightly linked to things that we see and feel, which leads to more actions. On the other hand, visualizing ideas often times remain unsought and eventually neglected and forgotten. So grab a pen and paper (or your computer) and start writing your goals down!

Create a plan

Once you have your goals in mind, it's time to create a plan to help you achieve them. This can be done by breaking down your goals into smaller chunks to tackle them one step at a time, and stretching them over a period of time to be able to observe your progress and adjust your strategies.

Find accountability

Consider finding a friend or coach who can help keep you on track and encourage you along the way. You could also join a support group or online community for people with similar goals, to draw motivation, exchange tips and celebrate progress.

Stay flexible

Life can be unpredictable, and it's important to be open to adjustments and changes to your plan. Don’t worry If you miss out on this week’s tasks because you have travel plans, or health problems. Also, don’t be afraid to change goals if things didn’t go as planned.

Celebrate your progress

It's important to recognize and celebrate the progress you make towards your goals. This can help keep you motivated and focused. Don't wait until you've reached your ultimate goal to celebrate – make a point to celebrate your intermediate goals and milestones along the way.

Stay positive

It's natural to have setbacks and challenges along the way. Any hardships you come across is just another learning opportunity to get a step closer to your goal. Don’t be discouraged and keep an open mind that progress is progress no matter how tiny it may look.


With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to setting and achieving your new year goals. Remember to be patient with yourself, stay focused, and most importantly, have fun!

Setting and sticking to goals can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. The sense of accomplishment and progress you'll feel as you work towards your goals is well worth the effort. So don't be afraid to dream big and set your sights on a fantastic new year!

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