Welcome to the 30-Day Goals and Resolutions Challenge!

For this challenge, I want to help you learn more about making resolutions and setting goals in a productive way that sets you up for success. I hope to show you that resolutions do not have to be something you give up on after a few weeks. Instead, I hope to teach you how to set smart goals and make resolutions that lead to positive, permanent change.

Thank you so much for joining me. I’m excited to have you along for the ride as we discuss resolutions and goals. Setting resolutions is a time-honored tradition. While we often think of starting the new year with this activity, resolving to make changes in our lives is something that can benefit us throughout the entire year. To get us started on our journey, let’s take a closer look at the tradition and why we make resolutions.

History of New Year’s

Though New Year’s is not the only time to make a resolution and to seek change, it is probably the most popular time of year to consider making changes. So we will start with New Year’s Resolution as the context and explore the history of this concept and how it came to fruition. Civilizations as far back as the Babylonians 4000 years ago have rung in the New Year by paying specific attention to the idea of fresh starts. The annual calendar of the Babylonians began in March, and they would traditionally celebrate with a festival lasting 11 days. During this time, they would offer the gods promises such as resolving to clear up their debts in order to gain the deities’ favor. Ancient Egyptians‘ year was marked to coincide with the annual flooding of the Nile. The Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, was the first to recognize the beginning of the year as January 1st in honor of, Janus, the god of new beginnings. The heralding in of the New Year as the first of January did not remain in fashion until 1582, however, when Pope Gregory XIII developed the Gregorian calendar.

Reasons We Make Resolutions

There are a number of reasons why we make resolutions. As humans, it is natural to want to progress in our personal development and to improve upon our lives. Making a resolution provides clarity in our lives. Essentially, it is like giving us a road map to follow with regard to achieving our goals. Making a resolution also solidifies our sense of purpose. It allows us to make our reasons for existing more tangible and concrete. Making promises to ourselves keeps us accountable, as well. Without this action, we can stray from our intended purpose. This can lead to feelings such as loss of self-esteem, worthlessness, emotional turmoil and confusion. Finally, it simply makes us feel good, with a sense of accomplishment, to achieve the goals we set through resolutions. We are able to measure our progress, and that is quite satisfying.

Strategies for Making Resolutions

While we delve into ways to make your resolutions stick and other tips for making them, I would like to at least touch on some general strategies for developing realistic intentions. First, choose just a few things from your wish list to accomplish so that you do not become overwhelmed and quit before you even really get started. Next, be specific with your intentions. Making a vague statement like, “I will lose weight,” is not very effective. Stating the number of pounds you hope to lose in a particular time frame is a far better approach. One final tip is to remain accountable for the promises you make to yourself. You can share your goals with friends or even record your progress in a journal. These steps will help to ensure you are moving forward.

Now you have an idea of why we set resolutions. It is important to understand the reason behind doing something if you want to improve your chances of success. Tomorrow we will move on to explore the importance of setting goals.

Coach Jackie Out.

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