How to Get What You Want in the New Year

Photo Credit:   Lizzie Steimer

Photo Credit: Lizzie Steimer

By: Zoey Woldman

I think it’s pretty much safe to say that 2017 was a weird year, and yet, I still can’t believe it’s almost over. Every year, I make new resolutions (that I keep for like .02 seconds), and I repeat “this is going to be my year” over and over in my head like a mantra. It’s supposed to be inspiring, meditative, but it’s really just more stressful and intimidating than anything else. This year, I’m dreaming bigger than ever, and 2018 will be my year. It can be yours too because I’m going to tell you how to get what you want in the new year.

Set goals for yourself

I don’t mean like crazy, outlandish goals that are seriously over shooting the year’s potential (not that those are bad), but let’s stick with smaller, short-term goals that will eventually add up to satisfy your crazy goals. Feeling good is a key to success, and if you always feel like meeting your goals is so far off in the distance, then you may get discouraged pretty easily. However, if you’re meeting goals left and right, then YGG!


Speaking of feeling good, let’s take a moment to discuss self-care. FYI, you need it, and practicing good self-care is sure to keep you from burning out. New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein believes that “the secret to speeding up and getting more done is simply to slow down.” Hey, the tortoise did beat the hare in the end. Slowing down might mean something as simple as sleeping in one day of the week, or staying home to watch a movie and stuff your face with popcorn (or chocolate). Listen to your body. It’s actually pretty brilliant. Don’t ignore it when it’s trying to tell you something.

Practice makes perfect

We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect,” and it pretty much does, unless you’re of the uber talented type that somehow does everything perfectly the first time around. Those are the worst kinds of people. Not really, but if you’re anything like me, you’re not one of them which means we better get to practicing. The cool thing is that if you are doing something you really love, you don’t feel like you’re “practicing.” Find something you love and stick with it. The hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run. And, be honest with yourself. If you can tell that you aren’t giving it your all, chances are everyone else can tell too.


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Have fun, and reward yourself

It’s that easy. It all goes back to the feeling good thing. If you work hard, you deserve to be rewarded for it, and rewarding yourself leads to happiness which in the end keeps you invested and away from the chances of burning out. Ahhh, it’s all starting to make sense now.

Stand up for yourself and what you believe in

(even if that’s chicken minis after 10:30pm). If you got that reference, we are now best friends. Seriously though, standing up for yourself is important. Don’t be afraid to negotiate a pay raise with your boss, or to tell your messy roommate that her dirty dishes in the sink really bother you. If you don’t speak up, no one else will, so take matters into your own hands.

Lastly, be good

I truly believe in karma, you know, the old saying “what goes around comes back around?" Of course you do because Justin Timberlake had it stuck in your head for all of 2006. If you put out good vibes into the universe, they will eventually come back around to reward you. Here we are being rewarded again. It looks like 2018 is going to be a year of rewards.

Cheers to feeling good, meeting goals, and getting what you want in the new year! Happy New Year, Making It In Manhattan fam!


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