Losing weight, getting organised, saving more and staying fit – just some of the most popular New Years Resolutions for 2015. According to many articles I came across today, only 8% of Resolutions are actually kept! Why do we bother making resolutions? Why is the 1st of January so important for us, and why do we need a specific day to make a change? Is there a better approach to take when it comes to goal setting?
There are several different cultures that began the tradition of New Years Resolutions. Babylonians would made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts, and in the Medieval era knights took a ‘peacock vow’ after Christmas to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. When I looked into it, here are many different records of this tradition across many different eras. Interestingly it looks like New Years Resolutions have been around for decades!
In the past few years I have began writing myself a list of goals for the year. I usually do this in January and don’t really think about it until after all the Christmas festivities are over and done with. I enjoy doing this not because i’m unhappy with my life but because I like to have something to focus on and look forward to throughout the year. I have found especially recently that finding purpose and goals setting is extremely effective for me.
Another way to set yourself up for a great year I found on Gretchen Rubin‘s website. She recommends setting a theme for the year, which reminded me of a friend who once told me that a specific year was ‘year of the house’ for her. I think this type of resolution is much easier to keep, however it may be difficult to measure at the end of the year if you are a goal setter like I am.
For me I like to make my goals very specific so I can check each one off my list, though this may not suit everyone. In the past these have been ‘Save $xx’ or ‘Travel overseas’ for example. I haven’t set any goals for 2016 just yet, but I feel my theme ironically will be Wellbeing! Since starting my blog I have been so busy with trying to keep so many different balls in the air I have lost focus towards something that is so important to me. I’m not sure I will broadcast all of my goals, but I will certainly post at the end of January to report back on how I am working towards them.
Please let me know, do you have any resolutions for the New Year? Do you usually keep your resolutions?