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EP 37: How To Make New Years Resolutions That You Will Actually Keep This Year

Dec 24, 2018


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Ruth Soukup

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EP 37: How To Make New Years Resolutions That You Will Actually Keep This Year

Welcome to Do It Scared™ podcast! In every episode of this podcast, we’ll talk about how to face your fears, overcome obstacles, and create a life you love! Ready to talk about one of my favorite topics?! Today’s episode is all about goal-setting, specifically for the new year!

Whether you think New Year’s resolutions are awesome or arbitrary, you probably set at least one or two… and don’t follow through on them. If that sounds familiar, this episode is for you! I’ll talk about how to set resolutions that you’ll actually keep.

I believe in the potential of the future, and I love the idea of being able to start completely fresh. Is it any wonder that I love New Year’s? With that said, I definitely haven’t always kept my resolutions. I would start strong, but by February, usually all of my amazing intentions had gone right out the window. It wasn’t that I wasn’t accomplishing anything, but the progress wasn’t happening as quickly or dramatically as I wanted.

In 2013, my husband quit his job to stay home with the kids so that I could focus on my business. That gave me the pressure to make it work. I realized that I had to change the way I set my goals, so I could stay focused and accomplish those big things. So I created a planner for myself. Would you believe that this simple planner was the biggest game-changer in my entire business, and maybe even my entire life?

Within two months of using this planner, I tripled my revenue. Four months after that, I had accomplished all of the big goals. The amount of progress I made was incredible, and all that had changed was the way that I was setting my goals.

What made all the difference was making a few incredible simple changes to the goals I set, and how I defined and measured success and tracked my progress. Here are the keys to setting powerful goals that you’ll actually achieve:

  • Narrow your focus and hone in on your most important goals.
  • Pick goals you actually care about, and understand what motivates you.
  • Get specific and define what success looks like for you.
  • Keep your goals top of mind.

Tune into the episode to learn more about each of these keys, so that you, too, can set incredible goals that you’ll actually accomplish! Let’s make 2019 your best year yet!


[01:27] – Welcome to one of the last episodes of 2018! This one is all about setting goals for the new year.
[03:12] – Ruth is a complete New Year’s junkie! Even if you don’t get as excited about it as she does, this episode may inspire you and help you set successful resolutions.
[05:22] – If you’re not already following Ruth on Instagram, take a moment to do so! She manages this account personally, so it’s a great place to get in touch with her.
[05:53] – We hear about why Ruth loves this time of year so much, and her history with New Year’s resolutions.
[09:25] – Ruth shares the story of why she changed her goal-setting strategy in 2013.
[12:24] – In response to the need for sustained progress and long-term goals, Ruth created a planner for herself.
[14:19] – What exactly was it that made all the difference for Ruth? She shares the first change she made in her goal-setting that achieved such powerful results.
[19:01] – Ruth explains why she forces herself to choose only three big goals for the year.
[20:38] – The second key change is to pick goals you care about, and understand what motivates you.
[23:04] – Ruth talks about her experience with losing 25 pounds this past year.
[26:07] – We learn about the third key to setting achievable resolutions.
[29:04] – Ruth shares the fourth, and final, key to setting resolutions that you’ll actually achieve.
[30:58] – New Year’s resolutions have become almost a cliche. This year, you can actually accomplish them! Ruth recaps the changes to make to how you set your goals.
[32:35] – If you have any questions about setting goals, or topics you’d like Ruth to talk about in the future, reach out to her at or on Instagram!