A resolution is something that you decide or intend to do. New Year resolutions are very popular because a new year is the perfect time to change your physical, mental and financial outlook. To learn the Golden Rules of Acquiring Wealth, click here for free report.
Why? Why do I keep making year end resolutions when all I do, over and over again is colossally a fail? I’ve been trying to quit Starbucks and lose my “baby weight” since 2010, just to give you an idea. And I think 7 is a good number. As I write these, I’ll have you know that I am sipping a grande soy no water Tazo chai with great gusto.
So I find myself asking, as 2016 nearing. I will break boundaries. The dawn of a new decade is exciting the perfect time to make real, sustainable changes. I will stop making unattainable resolutions. I will take risks, get crazy, fly, spin, trust, and frolic with my kids. I will take life in and savor it, finding freedom and happiness where they’re actually attainable on the inside. Doable, makes its final descent and I espy on the horizon the hopeful rays of a new decade. Here is a look at what New Years resolutions mean to me. A better year in terms of inspirational leadership. Reduce weight by 12 lbs by 1st May, save enough to keep FD $20000 by 1st October.
There are other religious parallels to this new year resolutions tradition. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year’s resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self improvement annually.
The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.
Beginning in 2001, this dude, Stephen Duneier, has set and achieved progressively ambitious New Year’s resolutions by using lessons learned from research in the field of cognitive science. In 2012, he gained notoriety for his “12 for 2012” project in which he learned 12 new skills and did 12 charitable things that didn’t involve writing a cheque. That’s quite inspirational.