Welcome to 2020!! Thank you for visiting my blog today!! I really hope 2020 has brought you wonderful, kind, and calm, beautiful days so far.
A fairly common subject with the topic of New Years, are Resolutions.
Resolutions are a person setting a goal, or wanting to change/do something personal as a result of the changing years. New Years Resolutions typically begin January 1, but as some people are not feeling the greatest on that day, I`m sure often start January 2, or 3rd even.
The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They would make promises to their Gods to return borrowed items, or pay debts back.
Over time, the idea of New Years Resolutions evolved to what we now know it as. A quick google search will tell you that the most common New Years Resolution is to lose weight and get fit, followed by quit smoking and then learn something new.
Every year that goes by I am torn with resolutions to be honest. I like the idea of wanting to become a better person. I like the idea of making, somewhat of a pact (resolution) to myself that that is what I am focused and dedicated on. BUT, I don`t like failure, and I tend to get discouraged very quickly if failure is on my radar. (P.S. You can read my post about what I am leaving BEHIND in 2019 over here!!)
A New Year is almost like a symbol of a new start. Or maybe it IS a symbol? People tend to feel refreshed and some even make plans to commit to big steps to change their lives. It`s estimated that only 8% of people who make these resolutions are successful.
So while my fear of failure has scared me off of resolutions, I really like the idea of setting goals for myself and working towards various things in my life. Otherwise, I`m working towards nothing. I need to be constantly focused on forwards. It helps with my anxiety.
January 1st is a start. What we do with it is all on us, right? Whether or not you write down your resolutions, or tell someone them or not, deep down, I think it`s safe to say we all have goals. However, every other day is a start too.
Let every other day be a start. Let every other day be the same kind of opportunity that we allow ourselves to believe that the first of the year brings.
Imagine if we allowed ourselves to carry that same hope and inspiration with us each day that we do in those days leading up to the New Year.
So why not this year? Why not allow that this year? Make it a goal/resolution to look at each day as if it was January 1st, and watch what happens. If we see each day as a chance to do everything we wanted to do, imagine the things that we could accomplish.
How do you feel about resolutions? Do you set them?