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♦️ Pub: Dec 31, 2017 | Updated: May 22, 2019 | Reading: 2 min. | Words: 623 ♦️
Studies: nailing goals as “New Year’s Resolutions” dramatically increases odds of success. Sit, relax, and enjoy these (short) TedTalks delving into, and inspiring, resolutions.

How to Make Stress Your Friend

(14 minutes.) “Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.”


Ted Talks to Fuel Your Imagination & New Year’s Resolutions

Try and fail, but don't fail to try. (— Unknown)
Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. (— Unknown)

How to Succeed with Your New Year’s Resolutions

(5 minutes.) Did you know? Folks who make and pursue New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to accomplish the goal(s). Those setting goals at another time? 4% success rate.


9 creative New Year’s resolutions

An annotated listing, including: Schedule weekly time to be bored.


7 TED Talks about Goals for your New Year’s Resolutions

Dream !big!
Dream !big!

The listing, with commentary:

  • Keep your goals to yourself
  • Try something new for 30 days
  • 5 ways to kill your dreams
  • 4 keys for setting & achieving goals
  • The key to success? Grit
  • The power of believing you can improve
  • If you want to achieve your goals, don’t focus on them


4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Perfection = stagnation
Perfection = stagnation

The beauty of this resource: each section includes a pointer to related inspirational video talks.

  • Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others
    • Related: 4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure
  • Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful
    • Related: Inspiring TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch
  • The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
    • Related: 3 TED Talks That Will Convince You to Get More Sleep
  • The Key to Success? Grit
    • Related: 5 TED Talks That May Change Your View on Life


Additional TedTalks

Think. Plan. Act.
Think. Plan. Act.

The Life-Long Learner

(19 minutes.) “Tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

(9 minutes.) “When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)”

How Do We Overcome Our Biases?

(17 minutes.) Walk boldly toward them.


An Example, in Action

 My Moment of Yes:
Sometimes, after studying the puzzle, ya just gotta swallow hard, take a deep breath, and stretch your wings. After all, the good stuff lives beyond the comfort zone!

Master your passion
Master your passion

Call to Action

Throughout year 2018 and beyond, I wish you

  • intense joy, your persistent grin flirting with a need for cheek crutches
  • achievements causing your spirit to soar
  • love enveloping you like a protective cushion
  • brainstorming inducing multiple ink refills
  • moments of appreciated boredom, relishing the "now"
  • internal peace infecting all you encounter

❣️ ✨ 🎊 💡 🎈 🥂 🌟 🎉 😎 🎉 🌟 🥂 🎈 💡 🎊 ✨ ❣️


  1. Mindfulness and boredom are powerful brain hacks for creativity! It’s part of the reason why I intentionally unplug when I run or hike – that’s my time for my brain to reset and wander freely 🙂

    1. I hear ya. My version: chasing birds with my camera, especially with a humongous lake within immediate view. It’s like a blended Xanax + pep pill! 🤗 Enjoy the weekend, and thx for touching base.

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