Ooh, those are some fighting words aren’t they? Did that hurt?

It is a touchy subject when somebody takes your New Year resolutions and categorize them as trash.

Except I am right — and by the end of this post I guarantee you and I will be in agreement. Then you’ll be ready t take on 2015 punch for punch.

It’s a sick cycle that happens every year like a skipping record.

Another 365 days are scratched off that paradise calendar; and after drudging through another year of living on this planet in misery, people are in dire need of some something more.

Well, usually the bright light of inspiration that promises a better year than the last is just a gigantic disco ball distracting you with shiny lights.

Oooh Ahhh.

Then just like a broken record your goals may be going smooth, and sooner than later you skip a beat.

Each year goals are set, and each year goals are not accomplished.

The promises made to yourself, the glorious feats you are determined to beat, the changes you decide that need to happen to live a better life; 90% of people will fail. And then it’s brushed aside until the next New Year, and next failed attempt.

Trust me, I’m not saying this to get you down. I just want to slap you in the face a little, because I have done the same thing I’m writing about, and I am damn sick of failure.

Are you sick of failed resolutions?

Pay attention. This is how we are going to get shit done this year.

The issue begins by putting your faith into thinking that promising something on the first day of the year is going to suddenly change your life.

Somehow, the 1st of the year is going to pump you up full of life mojo like Neil Armstrong on steroids, and you are going to blow away every obstacle leaving problems in the dust.


Only YOU can start to change things.

Only YOU can continue the change.

Only YOU can do the work it takes to live your dream.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
-Maria Robinson

So how the hell do you take on your 2015 goals?

The bottom line is that New Years Resolutions are just a big fat excuse to procrastinate more. I am always hearing, “Oh well, maybe I’ll give it another shot next year…

What kind of crap is that?

Just because you set a personal and you missed a beat, that means you need to wait for another couple hundred days to give it another shot?!

Just stop waisting time.

Quit waiting for that magical date each year, because it’ll come and go each year and you are going to still be sitting around doing the same thing.

A New Day Resolution.

One of the biggest attributing factors in the failures of resolutions is that you bunch up goals into a giant clusterfuck and think about it the terms of the whole year.

If I thought of all the things I need to accomplish before I travel again, I’d lose my freakin’ mind! Pay off debt, buy my Mother’s gravestone, save money for the actual trip, get in shape to bicycle across the United States. The list goes on.

Yeah, it’s a mess; and there is nothing that saps your motivation more than being overwhelmed with tasks. Even typing that gave me a pang of stress.

So go in small steps and work toward a goal each day. Wake up and start realizing each sunrise is a new day, each day you have a breath in your body is a fresh start, and each day is a chance to meet that next goal on the journey to your dream.


Make Daily Resolutions Matter

Nothing is going to put a stop to you momentum more than doing something that isn’t fun and most importantly isn’t something you give a damn about.
Some people want to lose weight, or quit smoking, or buy a new car, or stop eating meat, or get a raise. And they are all bad resolutions.

How will you quit smoking when you are still stressed? How will you get in shape if you aren’t happy? How are you going to be happy if you are still working a shit job you hope to get a raise in to buy that shiny car to fill a void that will temporarily make you happy?

How about you start connecting the dots with the end goal at your life dream?


-I want to Travel
-Believe in working to Live not Living to Work, I know everything I do contributes to my dream.
-Knowing this, I can focus on staying positive
-I work more because I am now not working for nothing or miserable
-I make more money because I work more
-I spend less because I don’t need shiny things anymore
-I pay off my bills because I have more money
-I save up plenty of money because I worked hard and knew it was worth it
-I can now travel!

It’s as easy as that.

And many other travel bloggers can attest to this. How did all of these people break free of their corporate confines? They did it step by step.

Once you map out the steps it will take to accomplish your goals, and as long as your end goal is something you truly want that will make you happy, you don’t need to wait for a New Year.

So this is what I want you to do: Write on a piece of paper “New Years Resolution” and then cross it out. Hell, scribble it out if you are pumped up. Then write down “New Day Resolution” and begin your first step today.

Each day see it as a new chance to create a better ending. Then repeat. 

Here is an inspirational video to watch. You have 84,600 seconds in a day. What if that was money, and it disappeared at midnight? Wouldn’t you try to use every last penny?

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  1. Toni January 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Amen my friend! A-FREAKING-MEN!! *round of applause for this dude*

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Toni, thanks for the rad compliment. I was feeling fierce when I wrote it and I felt people need to have a fire lit in them this year =)

  2. Lyn Midnight January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    So well said!!! I was thinking the same… how every year I set some goals and at the end of it, I’m annoyed at my inability to keep them. So you’re right about setting daily goals. I have been trying to do that. Blog on! 🙂

    Oh, and may 2013 bring you much happiness, my friend.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      See, that is exactly what went through my head when I wrote the post Lyn. I’ve always struggled with meeting my goals, and it is time for a drastic change, and no special date will make that happen. Thank you for the well wishes Lyn, you as well!

  3. TammyOnTheMove January 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Here here! I hate New Years and New Years resolutions, but then maybe I am just a miserable old so and so. I have always much more been a believer in the term “Carpe Diem”.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Nah, you aren’t a miserable old so and so, it’s a good philosophy to have! Live in the moment, and push yourself but don’t make empty promises based on one day a year. That’s all it means, and Carpe Diem is a great motto!

  4. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) January 9, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Good thoughts, dude. I hate new year’s resolutions. I figure if they are important enough to really set your mind to and accomplish, then they don’t require that you wait until Jan. 1 to start working toward the goal. Best wishes to you for a great year in life and travel!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 11, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Thanks Ellen. I’m glad you agree! So many people just keep waiting and waiting for the 1st of each year and it comes and goes without change. Glad to see you both are doing well and I hope you have an amazing 2013 as well!

  5. Sand Notes December 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    good blog. that’s correct. you don’t need an external factor such as a particular calendar date to begin and change something that depends mostly on your internal motivation. January 1 is an excuse to procrastinate a little bit more. Happy New Year, Ryan! 😀

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 3, 2014 at 5:11 am

      Happy Nee Year and thank you for the compliment! Glad to see you agreed!


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