New Years Resolution Steps To Success

Making New Years Resolutions

We end the year with fond recollection of the prior months and a renewed spirit to tackle the new year ahead. We plan to make changes in our lives for the better. Some write down resolutions to ensure they keep track of the promises to themselves. Others voice them out loud and tell others, so that they can hold themselves accountable. Looking toward family and friends keeping them on track. And, there are the ones that just mentally note their resolutions keeping quiet because in the back of their mind they know they won't stick to them. No matter how we create and initiate new years resolutions, those of us that make them, always make them.

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History: When Resolutions Began

The history of resolutions dates back to pre-christian times with the Babylonians. They made their resolutions in the month of March, in accordance to the spring planting of crops. Eventually, the Romans changed the month to January in honor of the god Janus. He was a two faced Roman god and patron over beginnings and endings, as well as doors, doorways, bridges and gateways. He looked back into the past and forward into the future. The Romans wanted their resolutions related to the god Janus. The month January is named after Janus. Therefore, we make our resolutions in the month of January. The Romans planned their resolutions on making changes and being better people.

The Circle Of Life Through Seasons

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Sharing time with family and friends celebrating holidays gives us fond memories.Winter, the time of year when everything dies off and lays dormant gives us time to reflect and plan ahead.Spring, the birth of new growth and the time that new seed is planted.  The Babylonians made their resolutions during this time of year.Summer is the time of year that is in full swing.  Plants are thriving, people are busy and sometimes life takes over and we forget about our earlier promises to ourselves.Fall is the time of year when harvest begins, anything growing begins to slow down and the season begins to bring us to a close nearing the end of the year.New Years is the beginning of the circle once again.  The exhilaration of another year ahead gives us the spirit to make positive changes in our lives.
Sharing time with family and friends celebrating holidays gives us fond memories.
Sharing time with family and friends celebrating holidays gives us fond memories. | Source
Winter, the time of year when everything dies off and lays dormant gives us time to reflect and plan ahead.
Winter, the time of year when everything dies off and lays dormant gives us time to reflect and plan ahead. | Source
Spring, the birth of new growth and the time that new seed is planted.  The Babylonians made their resolutions during this time of year.
Spring, the birth of new growth and the time that new seed is planted. The Babylonians made their resolutions during this time of year. | Source
Summer is the time of year that is in full swing.  Plants are thriving, people are busy and sometimes life takes over and we forget about our earlier promises to ourselves.
Summer is the time of year that is in full swing. Plants are thriving, people are busy and sometimes life takes over and we forget about our earlier promises to ourselves. | Source
Fall is the time of year when harvest begins, anything growing begins to slow down and the season begins to bring us to a close nearing the end of the year.
Fall is the time of year when harvest begins, anything growing begins to slow down and the season begins to bring us to a close nearing the end of the year. | Source
New Years is the beginning of the circle once again.  The exhilaration of another year ahead gives us the spirit to make positive changes in our lives.
New Years is the beginning of the circle once again. The exhilaration of another year ahead gives us the spirit to make positive changes in our lives. | Source

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Popular New Years Resolutions

Although we make promises to ourselves for a lot of reasons, there are a few popular resolutions that most people make on New Years. One of the most common resolutions is to quit smoking or drinking. Quitting a bad behavior is a common resolution that people want to implement in their life. Dieting rates high on the list of New Years resolutions for a lot of people. People want to lose weight or become healthier and more fit, promising themselves to exercise more. Did you know that January is the one month when gym memberships fly off the shelf? We all want a fresh start with our health. Another popular resolution is to get our finances in order. We want to pay off debt or save more money. No matter who we are and what we do, we all want to be financially better off and able to put money away for that rainy day.

Popular New Year Resolutions

Quit Bad Behavior
Get In Shape and Healthy
Get Finances In Order
Break bad habits
Lose Weight
Pay off debt
Quit drinking
Exercise
Save money
Quit smoking
Eat Healthy
Spend Less
We want to reach our goals and climb to the top of the mountain of success. Sometimes the climb is harder than we imagined.
We want to reach our goals and climb to the top of the mountain of success. Sometimes the climb is harder than we imagined. | Source

Why Do We Make Resolutions?

Why do we make resolutions? First and foremost, everyone wants to improve their lives. When we think of resolutions, we think about how we can become better in certain areas of our lives. We want to set goals and meet them. We all want to go after our dreams and hope that we can achieve them. We are all creatures of habit and we all have our need to follow traditions. Tradition plays a strong part in every day life and we want to continue doing things that we feel comfortable with year after year. New Year resolutions have been happening for thousands of years, so making resolutions definitely follows tradition. Along with making New Years resolutions comes failure. A lot of people start out with a lot of excitement and energy with the promises made to themselves. As we move into the new year, the promises fade, and we can find ourselves back into our old routine, bad behaviors return. Why do we give up so easily? People resist change, even if it is for the better. We step out of our comfort zone making positive resolutions and then quickly find out that we are uncomfortable and uneasy and it's easier to give up then to keep going.

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Positive Ways To Tackle New Year Resolutionss

The best way to make a change in our lives is to take baby steps. It is normal behavior to plan changes in our lives, and then put strict rules on how to achieve our goals. We can be our own worst enemy when we want to achieve something important. Take baby steps first, don't try to tackle it all at one time, after all Rome wasn't built in a day. Achieve your goals by doing one or two things differently at a time until you are ready to add another step. It is easier to incorporate smaller goals as you move toward the larger goal. Once we adapt to something new we can then work toward another small goal until all the steps are incorporated to bring us to our final resolution.

  • Set a small goal
  • Work daily to incorporate a new idea or change into every day life.
  • Add another small step after the first one is mastered.
  • Continue working toward the final resolution adding another small change at a time..
  • Achieve success and reach the goal.

Don't Give In To Negative Thoughts

Don't let be your own bully. We have that inner voice inside of us that can sabotage our best efforts. That inner voice can be very negative telling us "you are a fool, you can't do this, why are you bothering". You have to put negative feelings out of mind and know that you are able to succeed to reach your goal. Combat negative thoughts and feelings with a positive thoughts and affirmations. When that voice tells you “you look like a fool when you are running”, you combat that notion with a positive thought and You tell yourself “I may look like a fool while I'm running but at least I'm running”. When that voice tells you “you can't do this”, you tell yourself “I can do this, I can do anything I want to do”. It's true we can do anything that we truly want to do, we just have to overcome our own obstacles to do it. Don't let your own inner voices drag you down, you have to put those thoughts out of your mind and make those baby steps turn into leaps of success.

No One Is Perfect!

Don't hinder yourself from reaching your goals by setting yourself up to fail. No one is perfect and trying to reach perfection will have you giving up before you even start. If you make something seem unattainable due to perfection you won't bother to try and reach it. Anything you want is attainable you just have to have the right frame of mind. Reach for the stars, it doesn't matter if you fall and stumble trying to reach for them, it only matters that you reach one and grab it. Trying to achieve perfection will put stress and demand on the goal. Realize that the steps you take toward your goal are important. The steps don't have to be perfect, they just have to work with your needs and daily life. For example, if your goal is to save money, don't set a goal that is unattainable like half of your paycheck a week. Start with something small like ten dollars a week. It will add up and over time more can be added to savings instead of starting out with more than you are able to adjust to in the beginning.

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reach the finish line | Source

You Can Do This!

You can do this! Don't make New Years resolutions that you won't stick with, aim for a goal and incorporate small steps to achieve the goal. Create an idea and plan to work toward a larger goal but don't give yourself an unattainable time frame. It could take several months or even a year to break a bad habit or to get fit an lose weight. If we had the cash to get out of debt and find financial security right now, we would already have achieved it.. It might take a long time to get what we want so just go with the flow and make small changes that set your course and aim for your goal. If you are making small steps forward then you will eventually reach the finish line. Marathon runners don't win the race on the first try, they keep working toward the goal of crossing the finish line. Put the idea in your mind that you want to change and slowly make those changes in your life so that you cross the finish line in your own time..

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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Very positive thoughts. I love especially the way it stresses on our humble efforts toward attaining the goals set by us. It is an informative and commendable piece, jrpierce.


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kikalina 2 years ago from Europe

Congrats on hub of the day. Best New Year wishes to you.


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thirdmillenium 2 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

The best way to keep New Year resolution breach-proof is not to make it.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

Lovely Christmas tree photo. I like the idea of a God of beginnings.

I believe that the Chinese have a Kitchen God who must be killed every year so he can tell heaven whether your were naughty or nice last year.


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jtrader 2 years ago

Encouraging words. Voted up and beautiful!


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jrpierce 2 years ago from Ellijay, Ga Author

Thank you for all the comments! I will have to look into the kitchen God, that sounds really interesting poetryman6969!

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