New Year’s Resolutions 2014 Edition – The Remix!

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Happy New Year from Talent Formula! As we ease into 2014, we’ll be discussing goals that you can set for yourself. Whether these are short term or long term goals, resolutions vs lifestyle change or simply something from your own bucket list … Are you ready to make 2014 the best year yet?

Same Old, Same Old… Or Is It?

New years 2014

“Lose 10 pounds!”, “Plan more vacations!”, “Start volunteering and change the world!” – you might have heard some of these common new year’s resolutions. In fact, some of these might even be on your 2014 list.

My prompt to you, are you setting and tackling your resolutions in the right way? Set yourself up for success with these tips.

The 3 Letter Solution – HBU

But have you really thought about what’s your HBU? That’s right, your Highest and Best Use of your time?

While wanting to lose weight or have a Euro trip getaway are very specific (and measurable) goals, have you thought about the most efficient way in achieving those goals?


Think about how you can achieve these for less time and effort while getting the maximum output.

Resolution vs. Lifestyle Change – You Decide!

I recently saw a popular quote re-written / re-positioned by the Juicy Geniuses on Facebook and this really cemented the below fact:

It’s up to YOU to drive the changes in your life.

Thus, my prompt: instead of making resolutions, why not make it a total life style change?

Designing Your Lifestyle Change

There are many resources available so do your own research and see what best fits your short term and long term goals.

One of my favorite lifestyle gurus is Tim Ferris and his 4 Hour Work Week formula. Sounds impossible? It’s easier than you think according to him.

But let’s look at it this way while still keeping in mind the HBU solution. How about breaking it down to mind, body and soul?

For Example:

Pick a goal or lifestyle change. Ensure it feeds each of these categories for a holistic lifestyle makeover. Choose anything from whatever list you have running in the back of your mind in terms of goals.


I keep my resolutions alive by keeping a bucket list. I like to think of it as a blueprint for my goals – both personal or professional.

There are a lot of examples out there but some things to consider are:


Make it Personal – Take a personal development course, there are tons out there! I have an entire post on this that can be found here.

Sharpen That Saw – How about something you can do a bit of everyday? Check out Lumosity,which is an online tool. I personally haven’t tried them out but I have heard good things and the online component for me is a plus as it’s portable.

2 (or more) Is Better Than 1 – No, I’m not talking about the Boys Likes Girl song! Join a Masterminds Meet Up Group in your area for some inspiration. This is also a great way to network with others in the community and or industry.


Believe You Can Fly! – Bored of the same old bootcamp and gym elliptical machine? Ever wish you can fly like those acrobats in Cirque Du Soleil? Well enter in Jukari Fit To Fly. The brainchild of Reebok and Cirque, it’s a fitness class that utilizes the trapeze bar (but much closer to the ground) as well as some elastic bands in order to get a full body workout while still having fun!

Fitness With Data – Nerd alert! Do you love data and seeing trends? (I do!) Then you’ll love the Fit Bit! It’s a tiny little gadget that you wear and it measures how active you are throughout the day. Most are surprised at the results when they see the actual data – it’s amazing how much more we can move throughout the day. Perhaps a standing desk or a stroll to the coffee station counts and cancels out the calories on that vanilla scone!

Zero Gravity – When we talk about body lifestyle changes we always think of fitness but how about your actual physical body. It carries all of your organs, bones and all that good stuff inside so it has a pretty tough job. One revolutionary ways of giving your body the “rest” from all the pressure is in a float tank. A new trend that is quickly catching on is submersing your body in a tank and “floating” for the allotted time. A friend of mine tried it and she said that it was hard work at first to ensure you are giving it 100% to relax your body. Here’s one in Vancouver that I know of called the Float House – this is definitely in my list for this year!


A coffee a day…. Can help someone too – Suspended Coffee is a movement that originated in Milan, Italy. Known as “caffe sospeso”, the group’s Facebook page explains that it’s means “a cup of coffee paid for in advance by a willing coffee shop customer as an anonymous act of charity for anyone who is in need and with less fortune.” Have you bought a coffee today? How about paying it forward too!

Hey Ladies! – I have been fortunate enough to have had and still have great mentors in my life! Mentorship is a passion of mine and it’s one of my goals to give back to the community in this way. A great mentorship program geared towards women is one led by Women In Leadership Foundation. They have chapters nationwide – Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.

Stress relief with paint – Have you ever want to release your inner Jackson Pollock? I recently experienced a “Splatter Party” at 4 Cats Studio Kitsilano. They offer different themed parties where you can be your own artist and paint the stress away, or in our case, throw paint all around and didn’t have to clean it up! It was pretty liberating as well as you can have your own souvenir to hang in your office and serve as a reminder that if stressed, all you have to do is throw some stuff around…. Don’t worry be happy now!

Have You Made Up Your Mind?

The beauty of having a lifestyle change vs. a resolution is that a lifestyle change is made to stick. It’s about making the commitment to change something significant in your life and gear your experiences in order to be closer to the big picture goal. It’s working all of the little pieces into a beautiful pictuer vs managing lots of little changes that might fall off your radar.

Another perk? It becomes a road map … remember, there are things along the way where you might need to change course and take a detour. Just yell “Plot twist!” and keep on moving forward!

For 2014, my personal lifestyle change is to shift my way of thinking to, “Think big, act on it now, repeat!”

Share With Us

Do you have a new year’s resolution list? Will it remain a resolution or a lifestyle change? Comment below and share what you’re committing to in 2014. The best is yet to come!

Grace Lanuza
Grace’s 10+ years in the ever-changing world of experiential marketing taught her the importance of having the right team in the right roles. Expanding her passion for people, Grace recently grew her career in the talent acquisition and employment branding space managing campus recruiting across North America for Mosaic, a top marketing agency. You can expect Grace’s unique voice to be found blogging about Gen Y hiring, motivating your team, interviewing tips and tricks, and best practices to keep remote employees engaged.

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