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Why I'm Ditching New Year's Resolutions for 2023

Updated: Jan 3

Each year, people create lists of resolutions they want to accomplish by December 31st. For 2022, the most popular resolutions people set were related to health and fitness. The top eight resolutions included:

  1. To exercise more

  2. To eat healthier

  3. To lose weight

  4. To spend more time with family and friends

  5. To live more economically

  6. To spend less time on social media

  7. To reduce stress on the job

  8. To quit smoking

While these are all great goals, going into 2023 we’re no longer screaming “new year, new me” and making New Year’s Resolutions. I believe that any moment (including right now!) is a great and powerful time to begin working on your goals. You’re never too early or too late, and you certainly don’t have to wait for the New Year to get started.

So, instead of crafting New Year’s Resolutions, I'm replacing the antiquated practice by setting my intentions, speaking life into myself, and creating my vision for the year to come.

Intention Setting

What exactly does it mean to set your intentions? Intention-setting is the act of clearly defining what you intend to accomplish through your thoughts and actions.

How to set your intentions

  1. Identify what you want. The first step to setting your intentions is to simply identify your goal–what do you want?

  2. Be clear and specific about what you want. It’s not enough just to say that you want to be successful–you have to get clear about what success means, how it feels, and what it looks like for you.

  3. Meditate on your intentions. While this is not a necessary step, closing your eyes and taking the time to live in your intention and visualize how it will look and feel by meditating on it can help you align emotion to your intent, which is a really powerful way to bring your intention to life through manifestation.

  4. Write it down. Writing your intentions down helps to solidify them. This small act shows that you have confidence in your goals by creating an outward expression to the world that you are stating what you want and are ready to claim it.

Positive Affirmations for 2023

Our words are more than just words–they're declarations that we’re sending into the universe, which is why it’s important to be intentional about the words you use. As we go into the new year, I’ll be using the following affirmations to stay empowered:

Self Love Affirmations

  • I love who I am and who I am becoming. The world is full of opportunity and promise.

  • I am healthy, happy, confident, and free.

  • I am loving and I am loved.

Personal Development Affirmations

  • My heart is at ease and my mind is awake; I am embracing the opportunities the new year is bringing my way.

  • This year I am embracing my power and leaving fear behind.

  • I seize every opportunity to learn, grow, and be a better version of myself.

Affirmations for Peace and Serenity

  • I have peace in the present moment and am content with where I am and who I am.

  • My heart and mind are free and at ease.

  • I am clear, calm, and decisive.

Financial and Abundance Affirmations

  • I am aligned with the energy of wealth. I make money without trying.

  • I am grateful for all that I have, and I continue to attract more good things into my life.

  • I am responsible with my finances and I act on opportunities to increase my wealth.

Vision Boarding for the New Year

So, what is a vision board? A vision board is a creative, visual representation of your desires (or vision) of your life. You can create a vision board that details how you’d like your life to look across the board, or you can create one for each area of your life to get really specific.

Why Vision Boards Work