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Your New Year’s Resolution: Live Life to the Fullest in 2023!

It’s time to take control of your life and live it on your terms. After the pandemic has finally started to slow and life is returning to some form of normal, we all want to get out there and live our lives to the fullest! It might even be your New Year’s Resolution to live life to the fullest.

Whether you want more money, less stress, or just want to live without regrets, this article will give you everything you need from start-to-finish in order to live a happy and fulfilling life in 2023!

Woman's New Year's Resolution is to live life to the fullest in 2022

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What does it mean to live life to the fullest?

This phrase might be a total cliche, but it rings true every time. When you live your life to the fullest, you live it to its absolute fullest potential.

Living life to the fullest means living life deeply and intentionally so that life is rich and fulfilling. Take risks and don’t always play it safe, follow your dreams and make them come true, and get out there into the world so you can live an exciting life!

It means being able to live in the moment without regretting anything or wishing you could go back and change things.

It means taking on new challenges and meeting them head-on. It’s about being open to the world around you, taking in all of its beauty so that when you live life to the fullest it can overflow into every aspect of your life.

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12 Mini-Goals for Your New Year’s Resolution to Live Life to the Fullest

When you’ve set your New Year’s Resolution to live life to the fullest, it’s important that you don’t just live life, you live the right kind of live.

You’re going to want to adopt some mini goals that will help keep your new year’s resolution on track and really make it happen in 2023! These 12 mini-goals are a great place to start:

1. Live in the moment

Woman practicing meditation to help her live life to the fullest

When you’ve set your New Year’s resolution to live life to the fullest, start by living in the moment. Being in the present moment means appreciating what you have right now and being grateful for it. It could be the things you have, the events that are happening or even just something simple like appreciating how good your coffee tastes in the morning before heading out to work.

It means that you’re not consumed with worry or anxiety for the future or regret for the past. As a result, you live in that moment with complete presence and appreciation of what is around you at the time.

Action: Learn to practice meditation or self-hypnosis. These techniques can help you release anxiety and live in the present moment.

2. Make time for yourself

One way to live life to the fullest is by taking time for yourself so that you can recharge and live according to your own needs. Sometimes it’s good just to sit back, relax, and do nothing!

Other times, you might need to write in a journal, go for a run, or do yoga. Follow your instincts for what you need at that moment. This means listening to what our bodies and minds are subconsciously telling us. It’s not always easy to listen to our subconscious, but the more you practice it, the easier it gets.

Action: Schedule time for yourself every day, even if it’s only a few minutes. Then schedule a longer time once a week to just focus on yourself.

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3. Develop close connections to others

These women set New Year's resolutions to develop healthy connections and friendships this year

Friendships and relationships are important for our well-being. Research shows that friendships and relationships can enhance our life satisfaction, improve physical health, increase longevity, reduce stress levels, and provide a sense of belonging.

It is important to maintain close connections with others in order to have a healthy social life. This will help you feel less lonely or isolated which can lead to depression or anxiety.

Action: Reach out to your friends today! You never know what they might be going through so it’s always good to check up on them every now and then!

4. Realize that life is a journey

Here’s another cliche: “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

This means life is an ongoing process. Life should be seen as a journey and not a destination because life has no end goal or finish line for completion. The only way we can “finish” life is by dying.

So instead of thinking about how life will be complete when you accomplish something like graduating college or getting married, think about what life would look like if you took time to enjoy every little experience along the way.

Action: The next time you tell yourself “I’ll be happy when…”, just remember that if you’re not happy now, you won’t be happy then.

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5. Take care of your health

Take calculated risks. Woman rock climbing

Another important part of living life to the fullest is to take care of your health. Aim to take time for yourself and take the necessary actions to manage your own wellbeing such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.

– take a new year’s resolution that includes taking care of your health
– take more time out for hobbies you enjoy
– get plenty of sleep by going to bed earlier
– take care of your mental health by talking to a therapist
– take care of your physical health with clean eating and regular exercise

Action: Read through some New Year’s Resolutions for Health and see what kinds of health goals you can set for yourself this new year.

6. Learn something new

The New Year is a great time to devote time to learn something new! Whether it’s an art, trade or life skill that you’ve always wanted to explore, this year can be the best time for it.

Teach yourself how to cook with your favorite recipes. Learn about video editing and make funny videos of your friends and family members (or just go live on Instagram). Take up a new sport and get all sweaty with your friends.

No matter what you try, it’s important to get out of your comfort zone.

Action: Brainstorm some things that you might be interested in trying! And if you try something and don’t like it, don’t force yourself to keep doing it. There is value in just trying.

7. Take calculated risks

Woman is writing in her gratitude journal

Speaking of getting out of your comfort zone, let’s talk about risks. As I mentioned before, live life to the fullest means taking risks and not sitting back on your laurels. Calculated risks are a good idea as long as they’re something you really want to do – don’t take any unnecessary ones!

You might be thinking “I’m too old for that,” or “there’s no time left.” Don’t let excuses rule your life. If you want to go for it, make it happen. Make the most of your time, live life to the fullest – that includes taking risks!

Action: What have you been making excuses about in your life? Are you putting off doing something that is risky, but might bring more joy or satisfaction to your life? Make these things happen when the time is right.

8. Let criticism roll off your shoulders

It’s easy to take criticism personally. But criticism could come from many different places. Sometimes, the person is legitimately trying to help. Other times, a person who is judging you is caught up in their own insecurities.

Basically, don’t let others’ opinions get you down. If someone else disapproves of the way that you live it, then so be it. You can also use criticism as motivation to work on making improvements in your life or career!

Who knows? Maybe this time next year, those people who were judging will realize just how amazing you are!

Action: Start to notice when people judge or criticize you. Are they worried about something similar in their own life? Or are they trying to be helpful?

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9. Don’t get caught up in what you lack

Don't get caught up with what you lack. Think about everything you have.

Setting a New Year’s Resolution to live life to the fullest wouldn’t be complete without a reminder that you are not your shortcomings.

It’s easy to see when others have a huge house, a fancy car, or perfect children and feel jealous. But remember that not everything is what it seems.

When you focus on what you lack, you live a life of scarcity. Instead, live your life with a mindset of abundance and you will attract love, money, or whatever else you want into your life.

Don’t get caught up in what someone else has before deciding on whether or not they are living their fullest life to date! You can live the best kind of life by focusing on yourself and what you want and need.

Action: Make a list of the amazing things you already have in your life. When you find yourself wishing you have X, Y, or Z, then bring the list out to remind yourself to find gratitude.

10. Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude means being mindful of the good things in your life. It’s taking a moment each day to live and live fully, while appreciating those who have helped you get there.

Practicing gratitude doesn’t just happen when something is happening now—you can practice it at any time by thinking about all that has brought you to this very present moment.

If you want your New Year’s Resolution to be living life to the fullest, practicing gratitude is essential.

Action: Take out that list of things you have in your life. How can you express your gratitude? Write someone a note thanking them for their friendship. Give your spouse an extra kiss when they get home from work. Gratitude is all about small things.

11. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small

Make sure to celebrate your successes!

Celebrating your successes is important because it reminds you that the hard work is worth it. And as they say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”

Post a picture of your success on Instagram or Facebook and congratulate yourself with a pat on the back! You deserve to feel proud for all of your accomplishments. Others will see your success and join in with the praise! Additionally, they might be inspired by your success and take on some goals of their own.

Action: When you get excited about something happening in your life, share it with others in person or on social media. You have a right to feel good!

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12. Be honest and accepting

Being honest with yourself is beneficial for your mental health and can be hard at times. You may not live up to the person you want to be so it’s ok if you have days where you feel like a failure. But it’s only a passing feeling.

Accepting yourself is important, too. If there are things about yourself that make you uncomfortable then continue trying to work on those aspects of who you are as a person.

Being honest and accepting is often called non-judgment, and it is essential to living your life to the fullest in the new year.

Action: When you find yourself being uncomfortable with yourself or with a decision you’ve made, dig in. Why do you feel ambivalent or confused? What other actions could you have taken?

READ MORE: Learn how to practice non-judgment.


New Year is the time of year where we start to think about what it means to live life fully. There are many things you can do, but one way that may work for you is by practicing non-judgment. This includes being honest with yourself, making time for yourself, practicing gratitude, and taking risks.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

Are you setting a New Year’s Resolution to live life to the fullest in 2023? If so, tell me about it below in the comments!

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