5 Ways to Make Better New Year’s Resolutions

"5 Ways to Make Better New Years Resolutions" article by Rebecca Collett. Photo by Tania Gray Photography

My experience with New Year’s Resolutions is that they make you feel bad about the year gone by and uninspired about the year to come.

Over the years I’ve encouraged everyone, employees and entrepreneurs alike, to take January off from the guilt, self-recrimination, anxiety and pressure.

This year I want to share a simple technique to move past those feelings, no matter what time of year it is.

In 2016 I made a conscious decision to conquer the Imposter Syndrome by recognising and accepting my accomplishments.

The consequences were more far reaching than I ever imagined.

Some of the outcomes included changing the design of my website, product content and packaging, networking conversations, explaining what I do and my focus for 2017.

The best part is, it’s quick, easy and free.

Anyone can do it!

On my desk I have a spiral backed notebook that starts my day with a list of what I aim to accomplish. This could be anything  from phoning the bank to assessing my website analytics. Throughout the day I add any notes, conversations, ideas etc that occur.

As you can imagine, I fill a couple of these books each year.

Tying back into having your 2017 free of, or at least a reduction in, guilt, negativity and owning what you have achieved, I start each notebook with the following:

  1. Values – for me these are both personal and for my business culture, as they are intricately entwined.
  2. Achievements – I list each of my accomplishments since my last list. This includes personal and professional achievements. Everything I do adds to who I am, my opinions and ideas, the paths I will take and the future I want, which makes this list very powerful.
  3. Focus/Goals – this is where I look forward at the next 3 to 6 months. Not only do I follow the SMART method, I also include why I want to accomplish this. Remembering why you want to achieve something is one of the best ways I know of to provide motivation.
  4. Daily Reminders – these are little reminders of what I need to build into each day. For me these include: 1. Take deep breaths and 2. The 52/17 optimal work/rest split. I’ve found these are key factors in improving my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, as I have a tendency to become over absorbed in projects.
  5. Check In – whenever you are feeling deflated, drained or overwhelmed, come back to these first pages in your notebook. Remind yourself of where you have come from, how amazing you are and where you are heading.

Depending on how long it takes you to work through a notebook, you could restate and revaluate these every 3 or 6 months, or tie it into the end of financial and/or calendar years.

As you can see, this simple action isn’t just about how you can make better New Year’s Resolutions.

This is about being gentle with yourself while still moving forward through acknowledgement, realignments and reinforcements.

Travis Bradberry, Emotional Intelligence guru, pointed out in an article:

“The sad truth is that nearly 80% of us will fall off the resolution bandwagon by Super Bowl Sunday [February]; and by this time next year, a mere 5% of us will have succeeded in reaching our goals.”

It’s your time to ease off the self-recrimination and move forward each day from a position of positivity and power. If you need help, reach out, I’m here for you.


Rebecca Collett, owner of Snowed Under Solutions

If you like it, please share it