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We can all agree New Year’s resolutions are overdone. We’ve all been there—on January 1st, filled with motivation and big plans to improve our lives. By January 10th, we’re back into our old routines.

This year, it’s time to break free from the cycle of failed resolutions and focus on putting plans into action.

Instead of hazy goals like “lose weight” or “get organized”, get specific. Calculate exactly how many pounds to lose, and which rooms to tackle on which days. Break it into weekly or monthly targets that stretch you, but don’t overwhelm you. Share goals with loved ones to support and hold you accountable, and post resolutions on social media if it keeps you focused. Use whatever tools you have to fuel your motivation.

With that, be gracious with yourself if you mess up—because nobody’s perfect. Don’t obsess over minor stumbles, or what you didn’t do. Spotlight progress made and every victory, small or large. Did you exercise three times instead of five? Celebrate those three days of effort! Applaud what went right, not what didn’t.

Remember, real change requires time and consistency. It’s about building lifelong habits. There will be ups and downs, so stay positive and persistent. If you slip, get back up instead of quitting. Every healthy choice matters!

This year, approach goals with self-compassion, commitment, and humor. Perfection isn’t possible, but progress is. Focus on the journey more so than the destination. Put ambitious words into action, one step at a time. Enjoy the process as much as the outcome.

If resolutions fall short, no worries! There’s always tomorrow for fresh starts and goals.  Growth is a lifelong adventure full of lessons for the future. Whichever way 2024 unfolds, make it a year of self-care, balance, and celebrating every small victory.


Orondé Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist and media consultant based in Nashville. No Average Journey was born out of his desire to help artists grow in their lives and careers.