SAN DIEGO, January 9, 2018: Christmas 2017 is in our rearview mirror. It is now time to look forward. To look ahead to the promise of the new year. To take a moment to bask in the good-will and afterglow of holiday merriment while looking forward with optimism, and make resolutions to be better.
There is something in the human spirit which is driven to believe in a better tomorrow. Many Americans set new goals through the traditional practice of creating New Year’s resolutions.
A New Year – New Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions first began with the ancient Babylonians. The Babylonians would promise their gods that they would pay off their debts, and also return anything which they borrowed from another.
Over time this early tradition spread all over the world and morphed into a variety of practices and resolutions which were varied, depending on the country, culture and belief systems.
Eventually making its way to the Western Hemisphere, Americans relish the opportunity to reflect upon the year which is coming to pass, while setting a new future course for self-improvement and hope for the future.
New Year’s resolutions also include a variety of opportunities for becoming a better version of ourselves.
ITV News offers the Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions for 2017:
- Drink less
- Get fit
- Travel more
- Eat healthier
- Spend more time with family
- Stop smoking
- Learn a new skill
- Start volunteering
- Spend less and save more
- Be less stressed
Keeping our New Years Resolutions
Though the Top 10 New Year’s Commonly Broken Resolutions may sound familiar, what about the resolutions we actually keep?
It is estimated that approximately 35% set unrealistic goals, 33% do not track progress, and 23% end up forgetting about them altogether. According to a study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, approximately 88% of the 3,000 participants studied were not successful in reaching their goals.
Is it possible that too many goals were made at one time, or that expectations for success too high or unrealistic?
It is far likelier to be successful in setting a simple goal and accomplishing it if it does not require significant behavioral change.
Achieving a goal, however, likely requires dedication, commitment, and sacrifice.
Letting go of behavior or behaviors which may be easy and comfortable in favor of the more challenging and difficult in order to be successful could prove daunting.
Change is always possible
Could it be that what stops many from attaining their New Year’s resolutions is fear? But does that fear of failure result in behaviors that defeat our progress? In our ultimately giving up on attaining the desired outcome?
Positive change is entirely possible but only if there is belief that the end result is far greater than any potential struggle required to accomplish it. It will also help to remember that n every new day, whether January 1 or any other first day of the month, or week, or just the next day in our lives, we can make resolutions to enact positive changes in our lives.
For the group of those who are fortunate enough to accomplish one or more New Year’s resolutions this year, there is excitement and satisfaction in overcoming our obstacles. In sticking to ou to reach the desired end result will be a source of great personal pride, self-improvement and an inspiration to those who touch their lives.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes…
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself.
Make mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes.
Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.
Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that
isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is:
Art, or love, or work or family life.” –Neil Galman
Happy New Year from all of us at LifeCycles.