7 Tips for Making a New Year's Resolution List for 2023

2023 is just one month away—one!

Time sure does fly by, and if you plan on stepping into the new year with your head held high, you need to make a killer resolution list. Not sure where to begin? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are seven tips for making a New Year's Resolution list for 2023.

1. Include Both Short and Long-Term Goals

When you think of a New Year's resolution list, your mind probably wanders to things that you want to do that year, but that doesn't have to be the case! In fact, we urge you to include both short (up to a year) and long-term (up to five years) goals. Short-term goals can include things like joining a gym, finding a bible study group or getting into a new hobby. Long-term goals can be things like graduating from school, landing your first adult job or buying a car. It's completely up to you and what your specific goals are.

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2. Focus on Achievable and Stretch Goals

Some people absolutely loathe creating resolution lists because they go into them with the mindset that they're going to fail miserably. But you know what? That's life! Why not embrace it and achieve your wildest dreams? Instead of only including goals that are super attainable, we think you should also include some stretch goals. For example, if you're trying to grow your TikTok and you currently have 500 followers, an achievable goal would be to get 5,000 new followers in the new year. But a stretch goal would be to get 50,000. It might seem scary and like a waste of putting pen to paper, but trust us when we say crazier things have happened.


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3. Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone

There's nothing wrong with staying inside of your comfort zone. After all, it's comfy! But what if we told you that by stepping outside of it, you'll finally see changes in your life? Nothing worth having comes easy, and you won't ever see a difference if you don't start making changes. So get outside of your comfort zone when creating your New Year's resolution list.


4. Think of Categories Like Relationships, Faith, Health and Career

If you have absolutely no clue where to begin when it comes to building out your New Year's resolution list in the first place, there are a few categories that you should keep in mind. Think of overarching categories like relationships (friends, family, love life), faith (spiritual), health (fitness, food) and career (jobs, school, money).

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5. Make a Visual Board

Another tip we have is to make a visual board. If you do this, make it look pretty and keep it in a visible place for the upcoming year, it will serve as the perfect reminder to keep crushing your goals. You can make a photo collage or actually write out your goals using just words—it's honestly up to you. We suggest doing this in a way that works for you and your brain.


6. Create Your List With a Friend

Creating a New Year's resolution list doesn't need to be boring. That's why we love the idea of creating your list with a friend. Make it a whole night! We're willing to bet you'll get ideas from one another to add to your lists, not to mention the fact that you'll have an accountability buddy.


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7. Don't Be Afraid to Fail

Last but not least, and perhaps our most important tip for creating a New Year's resolution list, is to not be afraid to fail. This isn't to say you should expect to fail—in fact—quite the opposite! Go into your list assuming you're going to crush each and every resolution, and if it doesn't end up happening, that is totally okay. We've noticed that by going into situations with a positive mindset, things will almost always end positively, too.

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