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It has come to that time of the year again where everyone starts posting their new year’s resolutions on Instagram/Facebook. This is promptly followed up with them breaking their new year’s resolutions barely 2 weeks later.
So, what makes new year’s resolutions so easy to make and break? And why did people start making resolutions in the first place?
According to History.com, the practice of making new year’s resolutions began some 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians. They celebrated the new year by making promises to their gods to repay debts and return any borrowed items. They believed that if they kept to their word, the pagan gods would reward them greatly.
This practice has evolved into a secular one today, where individuals make resolutions mostly to themselves in the hopes of some form of self-improvement. Evidently, most people are not able to commit to their resolutions, and abandon them shortly after the year begins.
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Thus, we ask ourselves, new year’s resolutions – yay or nay?
Well, we believe that new year’s resolutions are helpful. But, it must be approached with the right mindset. It is good to set a personal goal for yourself at the beginning of the year. However, it is also good to set a realistic one – something that isn’t too difficult to achieve.
In that way, we can think about the smaller steps that we can take to gradually achieve that personal goal. The smaller milestones that we overcome will then motivate us to continue doing better and working towards the end goal!
Other than setting mini goals for ourselves to work on during the year, it also takes effort to be consistent. Consistency is key! Just like how it takes training to learn a new skill, we need to train ourselves to work on our personal goals constantly in order to see improvement.
So, let’s cheer each other on for our resolutions for 2019! Then at the end of the year when we look back on what we have achieved, we can celebrate with a pat on our backs and a nice chilled bottle of Botanically Cold Brewed Sparkling Tea 😉