I received on New Years Day.

I don't know about you, but I sure was inundated with inspiration and motivational messages yesterday. I have to tell you, I read almost all and a few stood out as truly helpful/motivational/awesome. Like many others, I too want to start the year out right and am making my reading lists, my resolution lists, my affirmations and more. A lot of my lists were actually born out of compelling emails. Here are my top 3:

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Our Editor's Picks for Driving Habit Change:

The enemy of the habit is the "ah-screw-it" — the moment you throw your hands up and continue with the status quo. Greg Ciotti breaks down the 5 scientifically backed ways you can make sure your new habit sticks.

The goal of the 99U Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution, perfect for getting the fuel you need to complete the work that matters in 2014. Want in? Tickets are now on sale.

Sometimes the complexity of a task can hold us back as we become paralyzed by our fear of failure. Other times we may actually be afraid we'll succeed. Mark McGuinness explains.

Don't be too hard on yourself as you plan out your 2014. We need to be continuously striving to go beyond our comfort zones if we want to be successful, but that also means giving ourselves permission to screw up.

Remember your resolutions from last year? Did you stick to them and power through? Or did you fall back into your old ways? If it's the latter, we can help.

The key to making a new habit stick? You need a cue, a trigger, and a reward. Jocelyn Glei explains how to make your new behaviors last for good.

In this 99U talk, Harvard Professor Teresa Amabile shows us how taking just five minutes a day to document your work progress and feelings can have a powerful impact.

Have resolution fatigue? You're not alone. Goals and good intentions can hold us back.

Because no one ever said that they were "too good" at writing: 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." — Aristotle

A Life less Bullshit's post on "giving zero fucks".

You know what makes me absolutely crazy?

That thing where people go on and on about how they "give zero fucks" about pretty much everything.

It's like we've let not caring become the "cool" thing, and I'm over it.

Seriously, I'm done. I'm done hiding behind apathetic declarations about "all the fucks I do not give," and I'm pledging to do things differently for 2014.

And my pledge? I know it has the power to change my entire life.

Here's my seven-word pledge for a bullshit-free 2014:

What's yours?



Artifact Uprising's clever and inspiring ad

Not much about this company I don't like. Besides having a very affordable and super awesome product, their branding rules, they're super nice if you ever correspond with them and well, they're kind of clever. I loved this email, and I am going to buy something as a result....