New Year, New Me: Achieving Goals No Matter What Time Of The Year

The age old saying, “New Year, new me” is tossed around as we enter new chapters of our lives. But why exactly do we stamp the New Year as the year we attain our goals?

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UNSPLASH Sincerely Media

Did you know that in 2019 only 7% of people stuck to their resolutions throughout the whole year? With numbers so low, it’s hard to understand why the New Year brings so much pressure to be a new version of ourselves. In my opinion, New Year’s resolutions are quite silly in that the grand label of them can be quite daunting.

Say I wanted to lose 50 pounds in the coming year, it would mean that I would have to lose approximately four to five pounds per month. Now, say in January I lose three pounds and in February I lose two. I am not going to feel successful in my goals, even if I have made progress because of that number 50 looming over my head.

This analogy can be applied to all sorts of resolutions from money management to career goals. We are so concerned about the person we want to become that we are not even thinking about the small, much easier changes we can make in our day-to-day lives. In committing to investing in ourselves and our happiness, we will feel successful no matter what our circumstances are. These things don’t take an absurd amount of money to do or an unbearable amount of time.

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UNSPLASH Jess Bailey

For starters, if you want to level up in your career, some steps you can take are going to work or school with the intention of getting something out of it every single day. That can mean: making new connections, learning a new procedure…etc. The great component about this day and age is that: there is so much information to be learned at simply the tips of our fingers and all we have to do is take it.

If you want to focus on your physical health, committing to a change in lifestyle over a concrete fitness goal will leave more room for you to feel successful. You could commit to 30 minutes of movement per day, something as simple as going on a walk with your dog or following along an at-home dance class on YouTube. You could also make sure each meal consists of a serving of veggies and fruits. Small changes, in the long run, can go a long way.

No matter the time of year it is, how old you are, or how hard you think your goals are to achieve, taking small steps each day will help you get there. You got this!

Katherine McGowan

Social Media Associate

Katherine is a New Jersey native who is passionate about understanding culture through its history and food. You can most likely find her enjoying an Aperol Spritz with a local or getting lost on a windy cobblestone road. Some of her other favorite cities are NYC, Amsterdam, London and Rome.

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