Author: Dr. Ajit Varwandkar

Just two months back, we all welcomed the year 2023. Almost two months have passed by. Many of us would have made commitments to ourselves to achieve some or the other target. Through this column, I wish to remind you to revisit your resolutions.

The good news is that we still have 300-plus days to unfold this year, 2023. I believe a lot can be achieved during these days, provided you start aligning yourself with your goals immediately. If you don’t, you might make this year a repeat of all that you did in your previous years.

I must say, it is never too late to get back on track. Upgrade your determination to the level of ‘no excuse’. You still have the opportunity to achieve massive success in the upcoming months of this (almost) fresh new year.

Friends, always remember that all that matters now is today. If you messed up and did not progress in the last two months, I strongly recommend you forget your past. Instead, start focusing on creating a desirable future.

Well, the question which could come to you is, from where do I begin now? Since I have already left behind eight valuable weeks without much progress, is it possible for me to make advances now? Before I answer this question, think about the following: What will happen if you don’t get alert and shift your focus on your 2023 goals even now? In that case, the coming days will transform into months and years without you noticing! Your aspirations may become old, sick, and unachievable in the coming ten months. Negative emotions such as frustration, disappointment, and regret will start visiting you frequently. You may feel stagnated, wasting time and losing opportunities. The sense of unfulfillment and lethargy might lead you to anxiety and stress-related mental health disorders. Therefore, staying committed and restarting your walk towards your goals is essential.

Here are a few suggestions which will make your journey towards your desired goals a bit more relaxed:

Rework your goals. Re-evaluate and reassess. Remember, your goals must be realistic. If it is mandatory to curtail it, go ahead and do so. A little bit of adjustment is always welcome. It would help if you did not feel guilty about having done so. It is never a crime to rework and achieve success.

Refill your battery of willpower and gear up. All that a person needs under such circumstances is to muster courage and make efforts in the proper direction. Talk to yourself and face any scare or sorrow with strength. Tell yourself that you believe in your abilities. You will do it.

Smaller and more manageable steps make life easy. To make it all look easy, you may break down your goals into sub-steps if they seem too big or overwhelming. These small achievements will encourage you to make more emphatic efforts on the path ahead.

Recreate your plan. Developing a detailed action plan can help you achieve a sense of accomplishment. Set specific deadlines and prioritize tasks to keep yourself accountable and motivated.

Get organized: Getting organized can help you stay focused and maximize your time. Use tools like calendars, to-do lists, and productivity apps to efficiently manage your time and tasks.

Stay committed: Success requires commitment, so stay dedicated to your goals and don’t give up. Setbacks and obstacles are a natural part of the process, but they don’t have to derail you from your path.
I enthusiastically encourage you to restart this journey of success and accomplishment. Remember, it’s either now or the next year. It is no fun to wait helplessly for the New Year to begin and a new resolution to be made! Begin now.

Do contact me in case you have any career queries.

Dr. Ajit Varwandkar is the Director of He is a leading career counselor and can be contacted on 9826132972 or email him at

This column was originally published by the author in The Times of India