It's that time of the year for a very popular saying to start showing up on your social media feeds. You'll probably read the hashtag "new year, new me" more than a few times in the upcoming weeks, as you scroll through Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. As much as resolutions might seem dumb, I just want to remind you that a lot of people have been able to change their lives for the better around this time of the year.

There are thousands of people who will lose weight, stop smoking, or better their financial situation this year, all because of some goofy New Year's resolution. If you're looking to make some changes to your life in 2023, what are the best ways for Iowans to keep their resolutions this year? Tap Into, has some fantastic tips for achieving your goals in 2023.

Unsplash - Tim Mossholder
Unsplash - Tim Mossholder

Maintaining New Year's Resolutions

1. One of the best ways to maintain your New Year's resolution is to create ones that are realistic. It's important to remember to start with goals that you can work towards and realistically achieve. If you've never picked up a football before and want to make it to the NFL in 2023, that's going to be pretty tough to do.

2. This might seem like something small but write down your resolutions on a piece of paper or a post-it note. Put them somewhere you can constantly see them, to help keep you motivated. If you're constantly reminded of your goals for 2023, you're more likely to stick with them.

3. Break down what your goals are and make them more manageable. If you can simplify each major goal, into smaller, more manageable tasks, it can help you stick with your plan and feel rewarded for smaller accomplishments. Once again, this is another great motivator to stick with it and keep pursuing your goals.

4. Keep track of your progress. 365 days can feel like a long time. If you can find something to celebrate weekly or monthly, this will help keep you motivated. Get a notebook or a calendar and mark off new accomplishments each week/month.

5. Ask for help from your friends and family members. Depending on what your goals or resolutions are in 2023, don't forget to use your resources. While you can't force your friends and family to join in on your New Year's resolutions, you can ask them to help keep you accountable. Ask for advice if you need help starting, whatever it is you're starting, in 2023.

I know not everyone is into creating New Year's resolutions but I will say, I have multiple friends who started working out and eating healthier at the start of 2020 and it's completely changed their lives for the better. I know multiple people who've lost upwards of 50-75 pounds, all because of a New Year's resolution. I have a friend who smoked cigarettes for 9 years and has been smoke-free for the past 3 because of a resolution he had to quit. If you can stick to a plan and stay dedicated, 2023 is your time to shine.

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