Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019, which according to the Chinese Zodiac is the year of the pig: a year of wealth and fortune in all aspects of life! This offers a good outlook for your new year’s ambitions and excitement for what the year ahead can hold for you, but it appears  that over 90% of us struggle to keep our resolutions despite being confident at the start.

As the year progresses we tend to find it harder to stick to our resolutions – within one week typically ¼ of people give up and by the middle of February 88% have quit altogether! As you head back into your normal routine after the holidays, you might find that new year excitement slipping away, so it’s a good moment to assess your resolution(s) and ask yourself ‘what can I do differently to avoid falling off track?

Have you heard the phrase ‘a goal without without a plan is just a wish?

Psychologists have found that by focusing on incremental steps we find it easier to keep on track.  By taking the approach of smaller actions leading up to the bigger outcomes, we are more likely to make those important resolutions long-lasting and positive.

Advice on goal setting from various experts includes:
·        Identifying what you want and why. As humans we have a need for autonomy and freedom, which means the likelihood of you doing what someone else suggests is low.
·        Setting a clear vision and knowing what success feels like. For example, getting healthier could mean having meatless Monday’s or no more sugar.
·        Making a commitment related to your goal to someone else.  This could involve signing up to a local charity run with a friend as a step towards a goal of improving your fitness, or making a pledge.
·        Writing down your goals. By doing this you are 42% more likely to succeed, it also helps to see your goals regularly as reminder of what you want and why it matters to you.

Embrace those resolutions differently

Using this expert advice, it’s the ideal time to create a plan that supports your new year’s resolutions and ask yourself ‘what action(s) will keep me motivated to achieve my 2019 goals’.  To help you get started, below you’ll find a selection of inspirational TEDxGlasgow talks to help you make the small changes happen.

Before you get started – we’re crazy about ideas, it’s our job to be!

We welcome you to apply the advice of making a commitment with others to succeed with the TEDxGlasgow community – get involved by sharing a tweet telling us your 2019 #MyPledge Remember to let us know which talks inspired you.

We love seeing positive changes that create a meaningful impact; both individually and collectively and want to see 2019 be your greatest year yet!  The impact team in particular are excited to hear what amazing things you’ll be doing in the year ahead, we’re all ears on social media, and together we can spur each other on to beat those new years resolution stats!

Get creative and share your success

Passionate about seeing ideas and ambitions coming to fruition, and would love you to share your progress as often as you like with images, or what ever creative format you like. Keep us informed by using #MyPledge and #TEDxGlasgow with your updates online and we look forward to hearing how your pledge is going at our 2019 event later in the year.  Keep a look out for more details about 2019 coming soon.

Make this your year, pledge, and live that ambition boldly!


TEDxGlasgow Talks to inspire you

What If?  David Eustace

David highlights and references the unknown and its final related potential, importance, value and contribution to directly affect a time not imaginable in the future, in a world equally undreamt of and with a person who wasn’t even born at the initial time.

Disrupt yourself or die trying  Ellis Watson

The older we get the more reserved we often become, taking less risks, totally under-utilising our potential and wasting opportunities. A million years of evolution made humans develop & evolve, but the last few hundred have taught us to conform, stay in our place and stay in our class. Using remarkable real-life examples, Ellis Watson demonstrated how to totally reinvent yourself by disrupting your life path – it’s like defibrillating your whole life in one massive reset.

Ride like a girl  Lee Craigie

During her time as an elite-level athlete, Lee learned to manage her pre-competition nerves but noticed how few other women compared to men chose to put themselves in that position. When she first began racing the anxiety Lee experienced pre-competition was almost overwhelming, but she slowly got used to managing it and realised that this anxiety was actually a performance enhancer.

What causes wellness?  Sir Harry Burns

How can meaning and purpose contribute to one’s wellbeing? Sir Harry Burns explores the concept of salutogenesis and the impact it has on the most disadvantaged members of our community.

Step back to go forward in leadership and life  Norman Drummond CBE FRSE

Based on his own significant leadership and drawing on his experience of working with and coaching some of the world’s most prominent leaders in national and international business, in the not for profit sector and in political life, Norman outlines 3 practical steps to a healthier and more purposeful way of living and leading in challenging times.

Anxiety, it’s the new adventure  Paula McGuire

Everyday adventurer, Paula McGuire used the lessons of a life spent battling crippling social anxiety to embrace fear and turn barriers into climbing frames. She explains why being terrified is good for the soul and how adventure is the key to positive change. Adventure is in everyone, it’s everyday and it’s everywhere. Why not here?

Enlightenment in the age of materialism Carol Craig

Rising materialism is eroding both individual and collective well-being, says Carol Craig, founder of Glasgow charity the Centre for Confidence and Well-being. This is the thread that weaves together many of the big issues of our age – the bonus culture, loss of standards in public life, rising inequality, overuse of resources and rising mental health problems. But it need not be like this if we wake up and stop buying into these dominant values and assumptions.

It’s time to stop aspiring to perfection  Kelly Knox

Kelly is a fashion model and advocate for people with disabilities. In her talk, she challenges our idea of perfection and what we aspire to, aiming to open our minds to who we really want to be.

Follow your talents  Mark Beaumont

While weaving in tales from his adventures as an endurance athlete and broadcaster, Mark shares his passion for young people engaging in careers about which they are truly passionate. Drawing on his own experience, Mark will champion the creation of a culture where young people make real choices about their futures based on their passions and skills.

Finding your feet  Corine Hutton

A common cough saw Corrine Hutton fighting for her life against a killer blood poison and left her a quadruple amputee. She has been turning an adversity into an advantage ever since, not just for herself but for others who suffer ‘life changing traumas’ through her charity ‘Finding Your Feet’. Be all you can be.

The art of following  Dr Jane Bentley

As a musician, Jane discovered that the art of following is an essential practice if you’re going to be anything other than a solo performer. This is a call to reclaim the idea of followership from the stereotype of being seen as a passive and sheep-like activity and to re-engage with it as a skill that can be an engine of learning, collaboration, connection, and reaching for possibilities beyond our personal boundaries.

Limit yourself and let creativity take flight  Chris Hampson

Chris Hampson is the Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and award winning choreographer. He has previously won the prestigious Critics’ Circle Award and TMA Theatre Award as well as creating major works for English National Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Scottish Ballet. In this talk, Chris demonstrates how setting limits can unlock parts of one’s creativity that may have laid dormant. The sky really isn’t the limit.

Reclaiming feminism  Talat Yaqoob

In 2014, women are still treated as second class all over the world. Talat Yaqoob takes us on the life journey of women and explains the social injustice hurdles they face at different points from birth to adulthood; from being covered in pink at birth to be excluded from the boardroom. Talat leaves you with a challenge – what can you do to create a better world for women?


  • Written by Zeb Ahmed
  • Posted on January, 1 2019

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