New Year Resolutions

As the New Year starts, many of us are already thinking about making (or breaking) New Year resolutions without necessarily knowing why. The tradition, according to the Royal Holloway University, dates back to our Roman ancestors. New Year’s Day was a celebration of the God Janus, with two faces – one looking at the past and the other at the future; it was an opportunity for the Romans to reflect on their personal values.

So every year, millions of people reflect on their lives and make promises to change certain aspects or do new things. The majority of us make these promises because we need to give our life direction, or at least have in mind an achievable short-term goal.

This year, according to Static Brain, the top 10 New Year resolutions are as follows:

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Stay fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others in their dreams
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

Although more than half of us make these promises, it seems that less than 10% of people are actually successful. The top three reasons as to why we don’t keep our resolutions are: it’s not specific enough, setting too many goals and having a negative mindset.

It seems that most of us don’t achieve our goals because we expect too much with little (if any) action. In reality, you do really need to be in the right mindset if you are serious about changing something in your life – whether it’s overcoming an addiction like smoking or freeing up your time to spend it with loved ones. But if we did truly want to make these changes, why wait till January to do so?

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke broadcast a poem about how we simply use New Years as an excuse to put off our goals.

‘As New Year 2014 starts

We’ll all make pledges from our hearts…

But why? What purpose will it serve?

To promise then what we deserve.

We could (and this is just a thought)

Do now what then we think we ought?

Why wait until the New Year comes?’

Marcus Brigstocke BBC Radio 4

So, if there is a change that you think will make your life better, don’t put it off! By setting realistic goals and being consistent in your actions, you’ll be able to achieve them and not have to wait till New Years to put them in action!

My New Year's resolution is to stop lying to myself about making lifestyle changes.

via ᗪᗩﬡᓮᙓᒪᒪᙓ ☯ on Pinterest

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