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Let’s smack some ass this year! That is, smack the year’s ass, not yours. Unless you’re into that kind of thing. In which case, you have my email address.

New Years Resolutions - How to kick ass and take names this year. Goal setting!  - | website design agency and blog & business mentor in Vancouver BCSeriously. With so many new years resolutions posts and “what’s in store for this year” articles, I’m about ready to pull our hair out. Yes. Both mine AND yours. And I just got mine coloured ‘yo! That shit isn’t cheap.

Look, I get it. We all want to be more successful and beautiful and fit and up and at ’em this year. Totally on board with all of that. Let’s make it happen. But let’s do it in a way that maybe not a lot of us have talked about yet. Let’s do it, by doing nothing.

Uh, what? Yep. This is my anti-resolution resolution. And with it, we’re going to kick ass and take names!

Put simply: Fuck new years resolutions. They don’t work. They’re mostly a semi-permanent, cookie-bourbon-overload inspired collection of “commitments” that wane as the holiday hangover does. Right? That’s why they fail so often. It isn’t that you aren’t motivated or clever or fabulous enough to make real change this year, it’s that it’s a promise built on a premise without foundation.

A New (better) Premise

So instead, let’s make a resolution to not resolve. Let’s decide to do nothing with new years resolutions. Let’s make a choice, instead, to choose a different premise to work from. One that works. One that gets shit done. One that sees a return on all your hard work – whatever that return and hard work looks like to you.

Money. Fitness. Friendship. Community. Brand awareness. Professional opportunities. Taking time for yourself. Owning your choices and your life. Working for your self. Working for somebody else. Making life work for you. Whatever it is – you can do it with this premise. What premise? I’m glad you asked.

Three little words (no, not those 3 little words*): Clarity. Purpose. Intention.

I’m totally piggy-backing off Chris Brogan here but let’s run with it.

Why does this premise work?

This premise means I consciously choose to be present. To be clear on what I want, appreciate, love and need. To move with purpose. To be in the moment. To make the most of it. To be intentional with everything that I do. Shit has an equal and opposite reaction to every action right? Is that how the physics goes? Well then I want that reaction to be the most nurturing, delicious and mother efing hardcore positive that it can be.

In short, I want real success based on how I define it and the lifestyle that I dream of. I’m willing to bet you do too. Right?

Every thing I do – the words that I use to express myself, my decision to get out of bed at 6am so I’m done work by 1pm and thus have more time for my food blog and to spend with myself and my friends, my ability to get the kind of clients I want to work with, all of it – stems from THIS premise.

Clarity. Purpose. Intention.

Clarity. Purpose. Intention - Anti-New Years Resolutions - ohksocialmediaIf I build promises like wanting to lose 10 20 pounds, or to double my net income, or to write in my journal (yet again) or to travel more this year on a false premise – namely one built on cookie-bourbon-overload – my success will be false. Short-lived. A failure.

You are not a failure. You deserve a better – more solid – foundation. A better premise. A better starting point. One that directs all your actions. If it doesn’t come from this place, it doesn’t come.

Clarity. Purpose. Intention.

Sure, it takes hard work.

Just like losing the excess poundage, increasing your revenue, writing in the journal on a daily basis and seeing the world. If you want these things, there is no way to avoid using a little elbow grease.

The difference – the thing that’s going to make you be more awesome than you already are this year (and you’re pretty bloody awesome), is that we’re starting from somewhere real.

From 3 words – 3 spaces – that are actually useful. Instead of cookie crumbs and a (bad-ass) whiskey hangover.

Now here’s the secret to make my premise

– really work –


If my 3 little words don’t ring true, choose your own. Write them down. Put them somewhere where you’ll see them every single day. And then execute based on those 3 words.

This is all you my friend – you’ve got this. This is YOUR year to be great.

►►Now tell me in the comments below OR shoot me an email:
  1. What 3 little words (mine or yours) are you going to premise your life on this year? What’s your mantra? Your go to? Your get it done and be awesome words?
  2. Based on those words, what’s your promise to yourself? Can you set a hard goal or anti-resolution based on them? How will you get it done?

Happy New Year my friends, my community, my partners in crime!

*Don’t let me misguide you into thinking I wasn’t going to say the other 3 little words – I got mad love for you baby!

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6 Comments on New Years Resolutions: How to Kick Ass (and take names) This Year

  1. Lynne
    January 8, 2015 at 1:56 am (3 years ago)

    This is a great post, just what I like something different to kick off the New Year instead of the normal boring resolution thing. I stopped making those years ago. So thanks for a great new idea for a new start.

    My website is on my to do list for January/February. But my three words for this year are:

    These are words that describe some of my inner qualities. So they make a great mantra for me.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 11, 2015 at 10:24 am (3 years ago)

      Lynne! I love your words. Thank you for sharing them with us 🙂 It sounds like you’re very in-tune with your inner qualities – good on you for making them your mantra for the year. You sound like a good person to know.

  2. Jayme Henderson
    January 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I don’t think I have ever posted on your business site! I love it and am getting lost in some of your articles! I took this concept to heart and seriously thought long and hard about my three words. I chose the words, Create, Release, and Share. I had some others in mind, but these three resounded within me. Over the past couple of years, I would write down plans and dreams and not really execute them, so this is the year to Create. I also find that I put a perfectionist twist on everything that I do, so Releasing is something I need to focus on – freeing myself from other people’s notions and letting my artwork and writing flow freely and openly. As far as the sharing goes, I recently read the book, Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon. He discusses how sharing your process is great for drawing in new business and traffic, how showing your journey brings authenticity, and how posting/showing your work encourages connectivity. You’d love reading it!

    As far as executing my three words, I have some accountability partners, and I have also set some concrete goals (with measurable objectives – that’s the teacher coming out in me!) for the year. Thanks for the inspirational post!
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  3. Kristy Gardner
    January 11, 2015 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    Jayme. I love those words: Create, Release, and Share. Your new blog post which I just read sounds like you’re already living up to them. I myself am working on concrete goals to measure my success with mine. Not as quickly as I should be but my plan is to sort those out later today. The bf and I are meeting each week though to stay accountable to each other and ourselves. It’s so important to keep those people close. The bfs and the people who you check in with 😉

    It’s great to hear from you – thank you for openly sharing your words with us.

    PS. Will check out that book!! I always need more books to read.

  4. suzy
    January 28, 2015 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    I have been thinking about this for a month. And I just downloaded your new book and thought I should also come back and do my three words. But I am stuck. I have 2 and am stuck on the third.

    So my first word is authentic (or should it be authenticity?) – staying true to myself and my voice. Although, for the most part I think I do this, I also get caught up in advice for what I “should” be doing even if it doesn’t feel right to me. Like social media follows/like for like. I want to support others, but not simply to be a number. And vice versa.

    My second word is education – I am focusing my blog on nutrition education, which is my background. So more posts that focus on basics to help people navigate all the nutrition info out there. And with food and recipes, I want people to feel like they can easier make more food from scratch by teaching them simple healthy recipes.

    So the third word. I know I need it to be something like, focused, efficient, organized. I have realized over this past month that I can get so much done when I focus myself and over the last several years I have been all over the place with blogging. I may use focused, but for some reason it did not excite me. So I am totally open to suggestions, but if something better does not seem to appear then maybe focused it will be. 🙂

    Now I am off to start reading your book!
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  5. Kristy Gardner
    February 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Suzy. You’re the BEST!

    Thank you so much for your valuable and insightful thoughts.

    I don’t think getting too hung up on the “tense” of a word (ie authentic vs. authenticity) should be your focus. Pick whichever one feels or sounds best to you. They both mean the same thing. And it’s an excellent choice. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

    And I’d definitely say you’re staying true to “education” – I always learn something new from your blog. Your Instagram feed is downright inspiring!

    Maybe the 3rd word, rather than “focused” since that doesn’t sound quite right to you, could be one of mine – intentional? Or a whole other one – purposeful…?

    Thank you again!! Hope your week is going well.