Jo’s Journal: New Year’s Resolutions—Will You Make Them?

New Year's Resolution 2020
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New Year’s Resolutions—Will You Make Them?

by Joanne Troppello


Did you know that only 25% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually follow through? I have made such resolutions through the years and have not always followed through either. What about you?


So, I’m not going to make resolutions this year, but I will modify my goals for the new year and work hard toward achieving them in 2020.


The Difference Between a Goal and a New Year’s Resolution


There is a difference between goals and resolutions. When you make a goal, that is generally followed by an action plan that includes steps on how to achieve them.


A resolution is when you decide to do something. Usually people make these resolutions for the New Year, but they don’t always follow through.


For example, you can resolve to lose weight during the new year. However, unless you create a specific goal—like you want to lose 20 lbs. in 6 months—then you are less likely to accomplish this resolution.


How to Achieve More Goals


You can successfully complete more goals if you are more strategic. Consider the following tips on how to achieve more goals.


  • Clearly define your why so you can fall back on that when things get tough.

  • Be specific in how you plan on accomplishing your goals with an action plan.

  • Create a vision board depicting how the end goal will benefit your life.


My Goals for the New Year


The following are some goals that I want to accomplish in 2020. They are not New Year’s resolutions because I am not simply resolving to do them. I am making goals, writing them down, and creating an action plan to accomplish them.


1. Deeper Faith


I will not limit myself and I won’t put God in a box. His ways are definitely higher than my ways and He has a plan for my life.


· I plan to achieve this goal by diving deeper into my study of the Bible each day and get involved again (we took a break recently) with a small group.


2. Write Daily


Writing Goals at Mustard Seed Sentinel
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I resolve to write daily. I need to write an article for my magazine each day—even if it’s only a rough draft. I have a goal of writing 2-3 articles per day for freelance content writing companies I work for. I will write or edit my work in progress (WIP) on the weekends.

· I plan to accomplish this goal by scheduling writing goals on my Gmail calendar and setting reminder notifications daily.


3. Improve Networking


I doggedly plan to make every effort to succeed and share my work with others. I want to network with other writers and continue to craft my online magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel into a place that welcomes creativity and gives new writers a chance to submit articles for publication.


· I plan to continue to reach out to writers that I get to know on various social media platforms and online writing groups.


4. Lose Weight


I want to lose weight in 2020. I need to lose about 15-20 lbs. I used to have a good metabolism and could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. Getting older means I have lost that metabolism rate.


· I plan to continue working out 45 – 60 minutes a day on the Maxi Climber and doing yoga, pilates, and weight training. My husband and I want to start walking again at the local park, which we started this weekend.


So, as you move through the month of December—and in between all the Christmas or holiday festivities—you start thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, remember to make a goal instead. Then create an action plan to increase your chances of following through.


Feel free to share your goals in the comments section.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello Publisher at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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