The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions of 2017

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t.
I makes lists of goals, put them in goal books, and put them on my vision board. Then I check in on them throughout the year, measure up how well I’m doing or not doing, and try to figure my way into achieving them.
Sometimes I do well, sometimes I completely suck at it, but regardless, every January I regroup, re-plan, re-goal.

Harpers Bazaar published an article on the most popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Are any of these on your list?


Where did yours rank?

by Amy de Klerk

Twitter has revealed the most popular New Year’s resolutions that had people talking as we rang in 2017, highlighting what most people want to change about themselves in the coming year.

Diet and exercise predictably lead the pack after an inevitable overindulgence during the festive period, while many people also have a strong desire be more knowledgeable in the year ahead by reading more or picking up a new skill or hobby.

1. Diet, exercise and weight loss

After so many mince pies and glasses of Prosecco were inevitably consumed over the Christmas period, it is to be expected that most people want to set fitness goals for the New Year. If this is one of your resolutions, read our seven simple rules for getting fit in 2017.

2. Read more

Rather more surprisingly than aiming to get in shape, people are pushing themselves to read more in 2017. Need some inspiration? We have selected the 10 books you need to read in your lifetime, or why not try reading one of these nine books before the films come out this year.

3. Learn something new

As well as finishing more books, people are keen to broaden their horizons by acquiring a new skill or picking up another hobby. Pottery, tennis or a new language perhaps?

4. Save money

The hope to waste less money in 2017 came in fourth place. If this was one of your resolutions, why not see our guide on how to make more money so that it’s even easier to save more of those pennies in the next few months. If you aren’t successful however, just remember that it is love, not money, that determines happiness.

5. Be nicer, kinder and more patient

The aim to be a better person rang true for a lot of people this year. Why not take some inspiration from some of the women who inspired us in 2016?

6. Get a new job

If you see 2017 as a chance to change your career, take some inspiration from the 20 best companies to work for in the UK and then head over here to find out how to ace a job interview.

7. Volunteer and donate more to charity

One of the more selfless resolutions came in the form of giving more money to charity or spending more time volunteering to help the less fortunate. You could help those suffering in Aleppo, here are five ways to do something about it now.

8. Drink less alcohol

Whether you’re attempting Dry January or not, it seems a lot of people are hoping to cut down their alcohol intake. Here are some tips if you are going cold turkey.

9. Get more sleep and relax more

With such busy lives, it’s no wonder lots of people are hoping to have a more relaxing 2017. See our tips on how to get your beauty sleep or if you’re having trouble with insomnia, use this breathing trick.

10. Make new friends and be a better friend

If you want to expand your network this year, why not start at work? Here, we round up the rules for socializing with your colleagues.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK

10 Steps To Goal Setting

It feels like I haven’t sat down to write in ages! Somewhere between a pre-Christmas trip back to Italy and then Christmas itself back in America again, the time has literally flown by!

So here we are again at the very end of the year, closing out what I hope has been a really wonderful 2015 for you, and prepping our way into what will be a huge 2016.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They always feel so bogus – how many of us have cheated on our New Year’s Resolved diet within the first month? (I’m not just raising my hand here, I’m standing on my chair waving both hands at you – I think I’ve diet cheated every January since puberty). But although I’m not a fan of the New Year’s Resolution, I am an absolute advocate of creating a list of goals for the new year and using it as both the road map for the new year as well as a measuring stick to check back in with throughout the year.

If you want to achieve anything in life you have to set goals.
A goal has to be written down – until you commit your goal to paper it is merely a dream or a thought.
A goal that has been written down is a commitment to yourself.
As Zig Zigler said: ‘One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.’ 


No matter what your goal is, from losing weight, to saving money to going on an exotic vacation, it is achievable if you both plan and prepare for it. As you start planning your goals for the upcoming year check out these 10 steps to setting goals from

10 Steps To Setting Goals

1. Build a solid foundation.

Honesty, character, integrity, trust, love, loyalty. This foundation will give you an honest shot at reaching any goal you have properly set.

2. Make the commitment.

The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work—if you won’t. As Mary Crowley said, “One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.”

3. Break it down.

Break down your intermediate and long-range goals into increments.

4. See it.

If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. In your imagination, see yourself receiving that diploma, getting that job or promotion, making that speech, moving into your dream home, achieving that weight-loss goal…

5. Hold yourself accountable.

Daily discipline is the key to reaching your goals. Record your progress toward your goals every night, and list the six most important things you need to do the next day.

6. Expect change.

Make a decision to move toward a goal carefully—but be willing to change your direction to get there as conditions and circumstances demand. Push on, friend.

7. Tell people.

Chances are excellent they’re going to encourage you.

8. Be a team player.

You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

9. Write it all down.

Each time you reach a goal, your confidence will grow so that you can do bigger and better things. After accomplishing any goal, write about it—in your journal, wherever.

10. Reflect.

What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals—what you will become is the winner you were born to be!