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  • Sayanti Bhattacharya MD

New Year, new you?

The beginning of a new year is a good time for reflection whether or not you make resolutions. It is helpful to reassess your goals and priorities in life periodically, and a new year provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Asking yourself these questions can help you come up with some goals for yourself.

o What do I value the most?

o Is my current life aligning with my values?

o Am I spending time on things I consider important?

o Do I want to make any changes to my life?

o What is a priority right now?

Having specific goals and working towards them allows you to realize your dreams and build the life you want to have. When coming up with goals:

Set small achievable goals:

Be realistic. Even small steps towards a big goal counts.

Start with a few goals:

Making any change is hard. It helps to start small.

Be specific:

Details matter. What will you specifically work on? How will you measure progress?


Choose goals that are most meaningful to you first.

Have short timelines/deadlines:

Plan for 2 weeks at a time.

Make room for setbacks and failures:

Expect setbacks to happen. They are not exceptions.

Be patient:

These things take time. Rome was not built in a day.

Be kind to yourself:

This process will not be smooth or perfect. Try not to be hard on yourself.

Keep at it:

The beginning is the hardest part, soon enough you will have created a habit. Habits do not take as much work.

Be flexible:

Reset your goals and expectations as needed.

Wish you a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year!

Dr. Sayanti Bhattacharya, MD, MS

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