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"Down with new year's resolutions and rethinking goal setting" [Creator's Block, Ep. 120]

"Down with new year's resolutions and rethinking goal setting" [Creator's Block, Ep. 120] Blog Feature

Marcella Jalbert

UX Designer, Host of ‘Creator’s Block’ Podcast, Designer for 50+ Sites on HubSpot

January 7th, 2020 min read

New year, new me mantra.

That’s right. This year, it’s just the same old me.

I’m not doing my usual new year's resolutions and here’s why.

2019 was a rough year for me. I had a lot on my plate and even more pressure that I put on myself. It was hard and most importantly it didn’t help my personal growth.

So, this year I’ve decided to give myself a well-deserved break.

Not a break in the sense of a gap year or not challenging myself, but a break in being so hard on myself.

The first step towards this: 👏 NO 👏 MORE 👏 RESOLUTIONS.

With help from an article by Sarah Bedrick (previously of HubSpot Academy), in place of setting lofty, pie-in-the-sky, year-long resolutions, I will be working on 30-day challenges. 

92% of people fail to achieve their new year's resolution. Why? Because setting goals like that simply doesn’t work for most people.

30-day challenges are a much healthier way of goal-setting because they are:

  • More manageable (mentally and physically).
  • They build confidence instead of reducing it.
  • And science says doing something for 30 days is enough time to develop a new routine around it.

Join Justine and I as we discuss breaking up with traditional resolutions and kindling a new relationship with 30-day challenges.

(And if you’re really curious here are our resolutions from last year.)

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What we talked about

  • Instead of setting a new year’s resolution, consider a better goal-setting approach — like a 30-day challenge.
  • More manageable mentally and physically.
  • They build confidence instead of reducing it.
  • Doing something for 30-days is enough time to challenge you and develop a new routine around it.


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