The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Beginners

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Can you believe that the year has started? I hope that 2024 will be a productive and joyous new year for everyone. I want to share ten New Year’s resolutions in this post. If you’ve never created resolutions, make sure that you start with these. 

New Year’s Resolutions

1. Plan Goals For The Year

Make sure that you plan some goals for the new year. It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be anything as long as you set out and try to accomplish it. If this is your first time planning goals, set out to complete at least one thing each quarter. Having goals will help you achieve a lot of things this upcoming year.

I typically take some time during my Christmas break to work on my goals. In the past, I used to have 2-3 goals for each month. After having multiple years of completing only half of them, I dial it down a little. Now, I only plan 3-5 goals per year. It’s better that way for me. I have a notebook where I write my goals. You can use one similar to the notebook below if you need one.

2. Exercise And Eat Healthy

Exercising and eating healthy are vital to ensure a good year. When you exercise and eat healthy, you feel and look better. When you feel better, you can get more things accomplished. You will also be able to focus a lot more too. I will be the first to say that I don’t always eat healthy, but I am working on it. I’m not saying you must go vegan this year, but you should watch what you eat. Try to eat less fast food. Also, try to limit or eliminate your soda intake.

Last but not least, try to eat less fried food. Something that I’ve done in the past was a detox. I eliminated a lot of bad food from my diet and only drank tea and water for a few weeks.

3. Stay Focused

In today’s world, there are so many distractions to keep you from being great. Being on social media too much and watching too much reality TV are just some of them. Make sure you take time weekly to focus on things you want to do. You can thank yourself later for concentrating on the things that matter. One thing you can do to help you focus is turn off every device, relax, and meditate. Meditating will help you concentrate better. Your thoughts will be more precise. 

Meditation can be less than 30 minutes. You can do it in 5 minutes. I meditate every morning before I log in to work. It calms me down and helps prepare me mentally for the day.

4. Check Your Progress

The next tip for a positive new year is to check your progress. You should review your goals and progress at the beginning of every month. How did you do? Did you complete your goal for the month? Did you fall short? Review what you did or didn’t do. Come up with a plan to work on it next month. Also, make sure that you are prepared to complete your future goals. I know it can be challenging to achieve your goals but keep going. If you have to push some of them back (I Have), do it.

5. Stay Positive

The next new year’s resolution is to stay positive! Make a habit of staying positive in all situations. It will be challenging, but you should try it. You will feel better being positive instead of negative. You will be amazed at how things will get better for you. Positive vibes are contagious. You don’t have anything to lose. Try having a positive attitude and see how things change for the better.

6. Be Ready to Start Over

A significant thing that keeps people from achieving their New Year’s resolutions is that they carry their old mindset and mentality from the former year to the new one. Believe it or not, your mentality or attitude plays a massive role in how you achieve the goals you set out for yourself. These mindsets could be a result of previous failures or hindrances experienced before. Going into the New Year, you must put all that behind you and be ready to start afresh. Be prepared to try a new approach free of negativity and full of hope and positivity.

7. Free Yourself of Past Resentments

To move forward and have a positive new year, I urge you to free yourself from every hurt, pain, or grudge you might have had in the past year. No matter how little, every resentment can weigh you down and lower your positivity in the new year. Purge yourself from those things and be ready to move on. If you were on the hurting end of the coin, apologize to those you hurt and seek forgiveness from them. Doing this helps free your mind and increase your positivity in the new year so you can focus appropriately on improving and achieving your goals.

8. Build Your Mind

Staying positive also involves some mental work. You have to train your mind to remain positive constantly. You could start a meditation routine. Meditation helps you to stay calm and keep your mind and body positive. You could get some meditation tools and resources on apps like iTunes.

You could also be someone who motivates you to do better and continue to listen to them. It could be a motivational or public speaker. Listening to them will help you to stay positive.

9. Be Grateful

It’s a new year. Take the first step to be grateful for everything. Think about where you’re coming from and how far you’ve come. Think about where you are now and be grateful. Think about all you went through in the past year; be grateful for the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. These things have defined and molded you into who you are now.

Being grateful will help you start the year with a lot of positivity because you have a great conviction in your heart that everything will be alright.

10. Be Disciplined

Maintaining a positive lifestyle over the new year has a lot to do with being disciplined. Stick to your plans, routines, and New Year’s resolutions; the result will be phenomenal.

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Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.