Have You Made Your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions Yet?



New studies show you’re more likely to succeed with your New Year’s resolutions if you plan them the year before.

According to psychologist Benjamin P. Hardy we should all be planning our resolutions for the new year well before it starts. And, even map out resolutions for the following year too.

Hardy argues that if we really want to achieve life goals, we need to plan further ahead, and think more long-term when it comes to goals and says:

“JK Rowling planned all seven Harry Potter books before writing one chapter, and George Lucas planned at least six Star Wars Films, before he started on the first one. The principle is simple, don’t just plant a tree, plant an orchard.”

It’s not too late to get started on mapping out those 2018 goals, and whilst you’re at it – you might as well map out some resolutions for 2019 too.

For a little inspiration, we asked five Australian health and well-being gurus on how they are planning to map out their 2018 New Year’s resolutions.

Blake Worrall-Thompson: Performance and Lifestyle Coach

“Before the end of 2017 I am going to spend a bit of time mapping out my 2018 but it will be very different to anything I’ve done before when it comes to goal setting.

Over the past 2 years I’ve learnt a lot about human behaviour so not only will I set my goals. But I’ll also spend some time digging deep on the things that have prevented me from having more success in the past (elements of the head space). Other than that, I’m a big fan of adventure and growth so I have a few trips planned before the end of the year and some learnings which are going to have me get really uncomfortable and step up to the next level.”

Blake is a Sydney-based Personal Trainer, TV Presenter, Health & Fitness Coach and Author who has spent the past 13 years working with thousands of people to help them achieve their fitness, health and life goals.

Jessica Sepel: Nutritionist and Author @jshealth

“One thing I will be doing is disconnecting from technology and social media for 8-10 days over the New Year break. My hubby and I are going on an actual vacation where we will totally switch off before a huge 2018. This means no emails/social media/work talk for that whole week – a real challenge but the only way I can accomplish what I need to.”

Jessica is a clinical nutritionist, author and international health and travel expert who lives in Sydney and is often seen at Bondi.

Dr Lewis Ehrlich:  Holistic Dentist, PT and Health Coach @doctor.lewis

“Being physically fit and active is extremely important and one of my top health priorities. One thing I will be introducing more of before the end of the year is yoga and stretching.

Specifically, as a dentist you spend a lot of time sitting, and looking down in people’s mouths, so spending more time on wellness based physical movement is high on my priority list. It’s not only good for the body but for the mind too.”

Lewis is a Holistic Dentist, Personal Trainer and Health Coach, who is a highly sought after holistic dentist in Sydney.

Alison Cotton: Founder and designer, First Base @thisisfirstbase

“Before the end of the year, I want to hit a PB on my dead lift of 65kg. I have been training with the fitness dynamo’s Base Body Babes and it’s empowering to be able to squat and deadlift, it makes you feel like you can achieve anything.”

Originally from Perth WA, Alison Cotton moved to Sydney only 4 years ago and currently resides in Bondi Beach, where she created and founded the Aussie active-wear brand First Base.

Sami Bloom: Nutritionist @samibloom

“Before the year end I plan to spend 5-15 minutes each morning reading something uplifting and/or informative. I know another “to-do” to our already long list of morning activities can seem ridiculous, but this will set the right tone for the day, to have you working toward the type of lifestyle you wish to lead. Make it part of your routine- maybe whilst you drink water/lemon water/tea, as part of your meditation or breath work, on the treadmill or whilst you stretch.”

Sami is a Sydney-based clinical nutritionist, holistic health coach and yoga instructor.

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Rebecca Wilkinson


Say hello to Bondi Beauty's new Beauty Columnist. Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet one day become a vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel with a weakness for coffee, and is often found scouring the city for the latest tastes in breakfast smoothie bowls. If you can't find her, or she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's hiding in a yoga studio, working on her zen or trying out the latest beauty craze like rubbing smashed avo all over her face. We know, what a waste of smashed avo.

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