I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.

Seriously; I never make them.

New Year’s is an arbitrary date, for starters, and a resolution is just so…inflexible.

Yes, I have goals. 

Of course, I have plans. 

I believe in practice and self-improvement.

But what I don’t believe in is unrealistic proclamations to do a complete 180 from where I am right now.

I don’t like setting myself up for failure.

And with resolutions, the odds are against you.

Do you know the date that most resolutions have been abandoned?? 

It’s February 1st!


You make that resolution on 1/1, and a little over a month later, poof!  

You’ve lost steam, you’ve given up, you’ve accepted defeat.  

You say “Well, better luck next year”.

Does that mean that you shouldn’t try to improve?  That you shouldn’t set goals?

Of course not.

  • But instead of resolving, how about practicing?
  • Instead of binary, how about incremental?
  • Instead of “new me” vs. “old me”, how about getting just a little bit better, every day?

How about accepting that sometimes you take a step backward and that’s ok?  

It doesn’t mean you’ve failed.

It means you’re human.

You can try again tomorrow.

And little by little, things will improve.

And if you keep at it, little by little, step by step, when December rolls around and you look back at the year, you’re going to feel differently. 

You’ll see your successes. 

You’ll see your improvement.

So this year, how about a kinder, gentler, more likely-to-succeed approach to self-improvement?

Are you ready to ditch the resolutions and embrace the practice of practice?

I hope so.

(And if you need a little help along the way, you know where to find me.)


  • Alexis Haselberger

    Time Management and Productivity Coach

    Alexis Haselberger Coaching and Consulting, Inc

    Alexis Haselberger is a time management and productivity coach who helps people do more and stress less through coaching, workshops and online courses.  Her pragmatic, irreverent, approach helps people easily integrate realistic strategies into their lives so that they can do more of what they want and less of what they don't.  Alexis has taught thousands of individuals to take control of their time and her clients include Google, Lyft, Workday, Capital One, Upwork and more.