Lifestyle, Wellness

New Year’s Resolutions vs. Goals

The New Year.. a fresh start to accomplish all the things your heart desires.

Everyone knows the best time to start re-designing your life is at the start of a new year. This is the time to reflect on the past and decide what worked and what needs to change. Most people decide on these changes by establishing New Year’s resolutions. Most people want to get in shape, or eat healthier, change careers, learn a new skill, etc. But how do we go about seeing these resolutions come to life? The first step is to differentiate between a New Year’s resolution and a goal. Yes, there is a difference.

So what’s a resolution anyway?

Glad you asked. There is a difference between resolutions and goals, and I believe not knowing that difference is the reason why most people don’t see their resolutions comes to fruition. To break it down, a resolution can be considered the larger piece to the puzzle, whereas goals are the smaller, more specific puzzle pieces. When people are deciding on resolutions, we see ideas written down like “lose 25 lbs” or “run a marathon.” These are actually goals, not resolutions. The ideas listed are goals because they are specific and have an end. What happens after you lose 25 pounds and run that marathon? Nothing. If you want to turn those goals into resolutions, you could do so by changing them to lifestyle habits such as “eat healthier” or “workout 3-5 times a week.” Now these are resolutions because they are permanent lifestyle changes.

Resolutions are a lifestyle

I like setting resolutions because I can reflect on them everyday and constantly try to live up to them. Of course, we all have bad days and miss the gym a few times, but you get right back up and continue to work towards those resolutions again. You can succeed, you can fail.. but every day is a fresh start and a new opportunity.

What’s a goal?

Well, according to the business dictionary.. kidding, I’m not going to quote some long drawn-out definition of what a goal is. We all know (somewhat) what a goal is. A goal is something you decide you want to achieve and you devise a plan with a set of objectives to achieve that goal. I bet your wondering if everyone knows what a goal is, why do so many people fail at achieving them? People fail because they don’t set specific, smart goals. Goals can’t be vague. In order to reach success, they have to be specific and have a way to be measured.

S.M.A.R.T. goals

What does SMART stand for?


The more you fully realize and understand what your goal is, the better chance you have at achieving it.

Here’s a bad example and a good example of a goal.

Bad: “Lose 25 pounds”

Better: “Lose 25 pounds by December 31, 2018”

Good: “Work out 3 days a week to lose 25 pounds by December 31, 2018”

See how the last one is specific and you know exactly how you plan on losing 25 pounds?

Resolutions & Goals

Both resolutions and goals need to have a plan in place on how you are going to achieve them, but goals are going to have a more detailed plan. I think the biggest reason why resolutions always fall to the wayside is because there is no plan in place. We think of all these amazing things we want to accomplish and change about our lifestyles, but we don’t sit back and think about how we can actually implement these changes into our lives.

2018 Artist of Life Workbook

One tool that I have found extremely helpful in setting goals and devising a plan to achieve those goals is the 2018 Artist of Life Workbook. This workbook was created by Aileen Xu, and if you don’t know her she has her own blog and YouTube channel Lavendaire, all about productivity, self-love and personal growth. I actually bought the 2017 Artist of Life workbook and absolutely loved it. Of course, I repurchased the workbook for 2018!

This workbook is so freakin’ beautiful! Aileen did such an amazing job designing it and that’s why I want to share it with all of you. If you haven’t already started planning for the new year and setting some goals, I recommend purchasing this workbook! It’s super affordable and there is even an option to purchase access to the Facebook Mastermind group so you can chat with other like-minded individuals throughout the year.

The workbook has sections including:

  • reflection on 2017
  • welcoming 2018
  • 2018 goals (in multiple categories like health, finance, career and relationships)
  • self-love
  • bucket list
  • ideal world (current me vs. future me exercise)
  • goal book
  • habit tracker
  • next action steps
  • journaling prompts

You don’t have to purchase a workbook to stay on top of your resolutions and goals.. I just think it’s one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable and constantly reflect on your progress.

Get ready, get set, progress.

So as we get ready to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, keep in mind what goals you want to create for yourself and the larger lifestyle habits you want to see in your life in 2018 and make things happen! I personally am ready for a new year and fresh start, so here’s to another year!


xo, whit.




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