New Year’s Resolutions: Resource Center

Stay Focused in 2021

This page is designed to help you with your 2021 New Year’s Resolution. Below you will find a curated collection of tools, perspectives and motivational content to support your journey. We are a nonprofit. Everything is free here.

Life is far too short to keep saying “next year.” The time to change is now and we are here to help with online resources. If you have any questions, please email contact@becauseisaidiwould.org.

Ten Most Common Resolutions

  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Learn something new
  • Read more
  • Stop/reduce drinking alcohol
  • Eat healthier
  • Manage stress better
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve procrastination

Combined list from Harris Interactive Poll (2013) & Nielsen research (2015)

Habits & Tactics

Habits & Tactics

Practical tips and tools to help you keep your promise.


Promise Planner

This PDF tool can help you spot fail points before they happen. It is a critical thinking checklist chock full of best practices.

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TEDxTalk on Why Promises Break Down

The Founder of because I said I would gave a TEDxTalk about why people break promises. Read the reasons people break promises, evaluate your own habits, and make adjustments today.

Read the highlights

Personal Development Videos

We hand-selected three Personal Development Videos from our collection to help you tackle concepts that can directly apply to your New Year’s Resolutions.

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Brainstorm Goal

New Year’s Resolution Ideas

Don’t have an idea for 2021 yet? You’ve come to the right place.


New Year’s Promise Idea Generator

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. The Promise Idea Generator is a guide to help you identify the next big promise in your life.

Download the Promise Idea Generator

IDEA: 52 Promises in 52 Weeks

Think about all those small things you keep saying you’re going to get to one day. What if we combined all of those small tasks into one big New Year’s Resolution?

Here’s how it works

Find Inspiration in Promise Stories

With over 12.8M Promise Cards distributed around the world, we have seen some incredible commitments. Check out these promise stories and maybe an idea for your 2021 New Year’s Resolution will pop up.

Promise Stories

Research

Research

Here are some perspectives from history and psychology that might help your journey in 2021.


History of New Year’s Resolutions

Talking about New Year’s Resolutions with your family or team? Learn the history of the New Year’s Resolution and gain an uncommon perspective on this cultural phenomenon.

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How To Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

In this 17 minute radio interview, Dr. John Norcross talks about what makes a New Year’s Resolution stick. Dr. Norcross is a clinical psychologist and distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. He has conducted research very specifically on New Year’s Resolutions. Take a listen!

Listen at NPR.org

Motivation

Motivation for the New Year

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.


TEDxTalk Speaker & Beatboxing Duo

Featuring Night of the Apollo winner Sung Beats, this New Year’s video inspires us to find meaning in the small tasks that add up to big things in life.

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Bonus: Behind the Scenes Video

Weight Loss Motivation

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution. Hear an inspiring perspective from Joel who struggles through obesity.

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Ending Addiction Motivation

Kicking an addiction may be in your 2021 plans. Hear this powerful story of struggle from Erin who struggled through substance abuse.

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Honoring a Lost Loved One in 2021

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. Many people lost a loved one in 2021. Hear a perspective on grieving from Colonel Parker Schenecker who served in the United States Army for 27 years.

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