Goodwill has some great advice for people who are already thinking of ditching — or who may have already ditched — their New Year’s resolutions. Consider ditching and switching to something better!

Goodwill suggests using January 17th, known now as Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day, as a time to switch your goals to something more achievable and agreeable, and that helps others in your community. One solution? Decide that now is the right time to get organized, collect those things around the house you no longer want or need, and donate them to someone who can use them.

Let’s face it. New Year’s resolutions are tough to stick with and that’s because we often set the bar too high. But with a little change in mindset and a focus on what’s really important, you can turn that broken resolution into a successful solution.

Goodwill has a three-step process for successful switching:

  1. Pay more attention to the outcome than to the process. In other words, focus on how great it’ll feel to have some extra space in your closet rather than on having to sort through a big pile of clothes.
  2. Take little steps to get to the big goal. Remember that the easiest way to reach a big goal is by breaking it down into smaller steps. And congratulate yourself with each step you take along the way.
  3. Pay attention to what’s important. Maybe you’re someone who likes to recycle because you’re concerned about the environment. Remind yourself that every item you donate can be purchased by someone else rather than end up in a landfill.

Still stuck? Goodwill is a great resource if you want to find options for volunteering or mentoring or simply helping others in your community. Visit to find out more about the good you can do and learn about how donated items are sold to help others in your community train for and find good jobs and launch better careers.

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