Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter (Plus a Freebie!)

Oh no. Not another new year’s resolutions post!

I know, you’re sick of all the articles you’re seeing online about why new year’s resolutions are so great, how to choose them, and how to stick to them.

And you’re probably seeing just as many articles saying that making new year’s resolutions is the worst thing you could possibly do.

Do you look forward to the fresh start that resolutions promise? Or do you wish you could bury your head in the ground until February?

I get a lot of resistance from my clients when I bring up the topic of new year’s resolutions, but I wouldn’t be the kind of badass coach that I am if I let folks be lazy at the beginning of a new year.

Watch today’s video to learn why new year’s resolutions matter. And stay tuned to the end to hear about a new freebie!

I’ve been told that you can tell I have Italian heritage because I tend to “talk with my hands.” I’ll let you be the judge.

The video transcript is below for your convenience.

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Video Transcript

Hey there! I’m Sage Grayson, and I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home. I’m a Life Editor…and so are you.

Today I’m going to explain why new year’s resolutions matter and why you should continue to make goals even if you’ve failed in the past.

Let’s go!

It’s January, and this time of year you’ll see a lot of articles about why you should create new year’s resolutions…and just as many articles that say new year’s resolutions suck!

So what are you supposed to do? What if you want to make changes in your life, but you’re scared to force these edits into the box of new year’s resolutions?

I get it. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably created these grand new year’s resolutions in the past, only to slide back into your old habits by February. You’re human!

You’re not a failure just because you’ve failed in the past. People who fail are actually more likely to eventually reach their goals, probably because they’re brave enough to try in the first place.

As you can guess, I’m on the side that says new year’s resolutions matter, and here’s why.

Resolution literally means that you resolve to do something, or to stop doing something. You’re taking a stand and declaring that you are going to make a change and that you are worthy of this change.

This is what life editing is all about.

Your life is always changing, so YOU are always changing. But the difference is that life editors proactively make changes in their lives. They don’t just wait around for things to happen to them.

Life editors take control and personally choose the habits, ways of thinking, and activities that they invite into their lives.

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So where do you want to go?

Let’s say you resolve to lose weight. Go through the Life Editing Process and be specific with what you want and what you don’t want.

Start with your foundation and be grateful that you have a body that supports you and helps you do the things you love to do.

Decide what things need to be deleted so that you can reach your goal weight. Perhaps junk food and soda.

Then add in the good things that have been missing like exercise and an accountability buddy.

Rearrange your schedule so you have time to workout, prepare your meals, and make a plan for situations that might trigger your old habits.

Finally, reward yourself with some much deserved white space. Maybe a massage when you lose 5 pounds or new music for running on the treadmill.

That’s it! Use the fresh start energy from January, and make a resolution. Be specific about the little edits you need to make along the way to reach the final goal.

And I’ve got a freebie to make it even easier for you to stick to you new year’s resolutions.

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For everyone who purchases a copy of the planner, you’ll get exclusive videos from me every quarter to help you stick your new year’s resolutions and do your personal quarterly review.

These Quarterly Check-In videos are only available to people who have bought the planner. I’m sending out the first video on January 15, so if you want to take advantage of this added accountability, grab your copy of the 2015 Edited Year Planner today.

Be sure share your new year’s resolutions in the comments below.

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Thanks for watching. I’ll see you soon!

Do you make new years resolutions?

In the comments below, share why resolutions do or do not work for you.


  1. richelle on January 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Yay Sage!
    I always make resolutions because I have to have a path. And I am mostly successful!
    Accountability is key. I share my resolutions, at least with my inner circle. This year, I blogged about them.

    • Sage Grayson on January 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Me too, Richelle. I gotta have my path mapped out ahead of time or else nothing will get done.

  2. Erika on January 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love this, Sage! I agree that it is important to have resolutions – and all year round, too! But it does require some soul-searching of what you actually want. You’d think that would be easy but sometimes it is hard to figure out what I want in quantifiable terms. “I want to earn more money! But how much? I don’t know – more than I have now.” See what I mean? Having the 5 steps in Life Editing does help a lot – and keeps me balanced, too.

    • Sage Grayson on January 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Erika. Yep, the more specific you can be about your goals, the better chance you have of reaching them.

  3. Dana Thompson on January 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I have read a few articles saying making new year’s resolutions is bad. I don’t see how setting goals for yourself could possibly be a negative thing! I love the new year with a chance to start over with a clean slate and make a plan to reach your dreams. I get a double dose of new year since my birthday is January 9th. My new year starts twice within two weeks! I realized last year I did not really set any goals, didn’t write them down, and had no action plan or accountability. To fix that this year I revamped my blog (one of my goals done already!) and did a resolution post introducing my goals to the world.

    I think it’s going to be a great year!

    • Sage Grayson on January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thank you! I completely agree, and I feel bad for the folks who have given up on bettering their lives. And happy belated birthday! 🙂

      • Dana Thompson on January 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        Thanks! It was a great birthday! 🙂

  4. Belinda on January 12, 2015 at 4:41 am

    i just posted in the FB forum about how I need a friend to make me accountable! Now I see this here! At least I know I am on the right track. I am working through the life editors for beginners from the beginning again. I need this year to really work for me! Thanks for all your positive encouragement.

    • Sage Grayson on January 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

      You’re so welcome, Belinda. I love our little Facebook group, and a bunch of the women in the group have created accountability partnerships. I would say start a new post and see if anyone wants to buddy up with you.