Commit to others, rather than yourself.
Most New Year’s resolutions are focused on improving and empowering ourselves, which is always good. But maybe in 2023, you turn that focus outward. Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating to a cause you care about, or reaching out to a long-lost family member or friend, it’s always nice to make an effort to be there for others too.
Choose a word to live by in 2023.
Pick a word that sums up how you want to feel in 2023 instead of what you want to accomplish. Words like “peaceful” or “fulfilled” may come to mind. Or, think of words that encourage your actions, like “patience” or “compassion.” Then carry this word with you throughout the year, and let it influence your thoughts and actions.
Focus on intention, rather than outcome.
Most New Year’s resolutions are about outcomes, like “I want to lose 10 pounds,” or “I want to read more books.” But if you make it about your intention rather than the result, your goals become more achievable. For instance, instead of losing weight, your intention can be to treat food as nutrition rather than enjoyment. This can be a more effective mindset in helping you keep your resolutions.
Write your future self a letter.
Write a letter to yourself that you’ll open on January 1, 2024. In the letter, put down everything that you hope to achieve in the coming year. When you read it one year from now, you’ll see just how far you’ve come and what you are capable of accomplishing. Regardless of what your New Year’s resolutions are, remember to celebrate the things you do well that don’t need improvement. We’ve all been challenged this year, so it’s okay to put off your betterment plan for another time, and instead focus your attention on the things you like about yourself.
Be sure to tune into our January 3rd Tuesday Talks: How to Set Your Best Intentions for 2023 with Sabrina Bennardo, LCSW, which begins at 10:00 AM ET. Click here to register!