Why goal setting works better than new year resolutions

Although this post Christmas period is sometimes considered a gloomy time of year, I like to view it as a time for reflection and for planning all I want to do in the coming year. Even before I became a wellbeing coach I saw the benefits of setting intentions and enjoyed creating a vision board. It really is true, in my experience, that looking at what you want in visual form, plus writing down and regularly reading and reviewing your goals, means you are more likely to achieve what you want – so whether it’s pictures of a healthy diet and lifestyle, a fantastic holiday destination or inspirational quotes from Louise Hay, Gabby Berstein, Wayne Dyer etc, why not try creating your own vision board and writing down your goals for 2019…


Research shows that although most of us will make New Year’s resolutions, very few will succeed in keeping them. However, there are ways you can increase your chances of success – rather than focusing on what you feel you should give up, look instead at your hopes, dreams and goals for 2019.

80% of people have no goals.
16% of people think of goals but don’t write them down.
4% write down their goals
1% write down their goals AND REVIEW THEM REGULARLY – and that 1% tend to achieve them!


1. Start every morning by writing down your most important tasks and intentions for the day. You could include meal planning and any food you need to buy too. It’s also a good idea to use the last day of the month to review your goals and reflect on what you’ve achieved that month and how you can build on any success in the coming month. This will keep you on track and help you to stay motivated!

2. Aim to try out at least one new healthy recipe a week.

3. Practice gratitude! People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. Scientists have noted that gratitude is associated with improved health.

4. Switch off for at least an hour before bed with no TV, phone or laptop. The results from more than 300 studies suggest that to protect your health you need eight hours of sleep and that sleeping less than six hours per night can increase your risk of catching a cold by 400 percent!

5. Evidence has shown that connecting with nature can boost your mood. A winter walk in the park on a fresh sunny day can be invigorating and can help avoid SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

6. Learn something new – it will keep the mind stimulated and can improve wellbeing too.

7. Never under-estimate the power of positive thinking! Try to develop a glass half full as opposed to a glass half empty mentality. Optimists have a much happier time than pessimists!

If you’d like some coaching sessions to help you focus on achieving your health and wellbeing goals please contact me vanessa@wellbeingandnutrition.co.uk