It’s safe to say, many of us are preparing for the New Year by making a resolution or two. What will it be this year? Lose weight, quit smoking… or are you a thrill seeker and planning to bungee jump off the tallest bridge?
About 40-50% of Americans will set a new year’s resolution. You may be surprised to learn that most people who set resolutions do find success. Things like the ones I mentioned before, and surely some to do with money always make the list.
Like following a budget, or making more money, going for a promotion… All of these yield the same result. More income, which allows us to purchase more resources, live a better lifestyle, cruise to France. Anything!
What is it about the new year that gets people in a frenzy to set new habits anyway? Some say it dates back to Roman times when they ritualistically made offerings up to the god Janus.
Like many holidays, it’s a ritual that now many of us follow, to a degree, till this day.
The theologian, Jonathan Edwards, created an art of writing resolutions. His resolutions were clear, thought-provoking, and sentimental.
Here are just a few:
-Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
-Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
-Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.
-Resolved, in narrations never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.
How do these compare with the resolutions you’ve got so far?
I know personally, I’m going to rethink my initial “get fit” resolution for the coming year. How many resolutions do you have set for the new year?
If you find you’re not accomplishing your new year’s resolutions it could be the amount. Try keeping your total resolutions down to 3 or 5.
This doesn’t mean scrap your list of fifty-six for the next year. It took Edwards two years to compile a list of 70 resolutions; he then diligently worked on them for the rest of his life. Each week, checking his progress, with a stringent set of expectations.
You might also find it helpful to work on creating resolutions that are similar to each other.
For example, running for thirty minutes three times a week, and joining a soccer team. You can definitely run for thirty minutes if you played soccer.
Every resolution you set is an opportunity to create a life-sustaining habit. With the continued consistency you develop a new pattern that overrides the old one. That’s why its so paramount to create resolutions not just for the new year but anytime you feel you need a change.
Imagine having more control of your life, the things you do, the way you go at a task, even to getting that promotion. That’s exactly what setting more resolutions more often will do.
I love helping people set resolutions that can change their life. A lot of what I do is actually based upon this principle. Keep in touch with a friend about your resolution plan. Studies have shown if you can exceed a week, then you have more chance to reach success in six months. Remember, don’t be hard on yourself if you fall off. Just get right back on it, and plow forward.
Love and Light,