While phrases like “authentic life” or “new year, new you” may elicit widespread groans, there is something to this eternal desire. We are seekers, after all. It’s human nature to want to evolve into better versions of ourselves.
But there are traps we fall into on a fairly regular basis, and arbitrary timing is one of them (hello, January!). So is making goals that lack either action steps to get there or clarity as to why you’d want to in the first place. University of Scranton research has found that more than half of those who set clear resolutions at the start of the year give them up within the first six months. A commonly cited report by U.S. News & World Report paints an even bleaker picture, claiming 80% give up New Year’s resolutions by February.
How to Live Your Best Life Now
Madison Magazine cover story, January 2020
This January 2020 cover story celebrates the hustle of several local entrepreneurs, framed as meaningful resolutions that stick. It is a package of articles best viewed in print, but here are some of the elements:
An intro with a doctor and a life coach speaking to what sorts of resolutions actually work, and why
Personal trainer and reality star Peter Kraus says don’t just join the gym
Local green entrepreneurs say treat yourself, but in a sustainable, ethical way
Otehlia Cassidy says get to know your city with a local food tour
UW-Madison political science professor Kathy Cramer says to listen deeper with the Local Voices Network
United Way of Dane County helps you give back, which gives to yourself
DogMa and Doggy By Nature say let yourself go to the dogs
—Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer in Madison, Wisconsin