New Year’s Resolutions 2022

As 2022 approaches people are hoping and praying for an amazing new year.  The last two years have been extremely challenging with Covid19 and the series of lockdown restrictions. The new year is here and it’s time to start planning a much better year.

Where do New Year’s Resolutions come from?

When we think of resolutions we automatically focus on the new year.  We can make these resolutions any time throughout the year so why do we choose the first of January? 

New Year’s resolutions started in Babylon over 4000 years ago.  The tradition commenced during Akitu a 12 day New Year festivity. During the festival, the ancient Babylonians would crown a new king or pledge their loyalty to the reigning king.  The people also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any borrowed items. The people had a strong belief that by keeping their word, the gods would look favourably on them for the year ahead. If the Babylonians broke their promises, their relationship with their gods would turn bad. The history continued in ancient Rome.

An introduction of a new calendar in 46 BC which declared January 1st as the first day of the new year by Julius Caesar who honoured Janus, a two-faced god who symbolically looked back into the previous year and forwards into the new year. The Romans would offer sacrifices to Janus and make promises of good behaviour for the year ahead. By the 17th century new year’s resolutions became more common.

In 1671, New Year’s Scottish writer Anne Halkett had written a diary which contained entries with several pledges such as “I will not offend anymore”.  On the 2nd of January She also wrote an entry titled “Resolutions”. Around 1802 the tradition of making and breaking New Year’s resolutions became common enough that people absorbed the practice. A Boston newspaper from 1813 featured the first recorded use of the phrase ‘New Year resolution’.

Why do people make New Year’s resolutions today?

Today we recognise New Year’s Resolutions as a time to make personal changes and create new goals.  Traditionally we plan them prior to the new year ready to jump in on the 1st January. Some of the big changes to improve health come after indulging over the Christmas period and with all good intentions most don’t survive into February.  Examples of these are fitness and quitting bad habits. 

Common New Year Resolutions?

Here is a list of some of the most common New Year Resolutions:

  • Join a Gym
  • Lose Weight
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn a new hobby
  • Save money
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Start a course
  • Become more organised

Why don’t most people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions?

So why do most people break their new year’s resolutions so quickly after having such a strong intention to succeed?

Goal Setting

Resolutions are essentially Goal Setting.  When setting goals there are so may guides to help people succeed. It’s like playing in a basketball team with no experience or practice. At first there may be a few lucky shots however in time it will become more difficult to keep up with the rest of the players.  It may become hard and cause someone to give up. They may want to try again next year however their subconscious knows last time it was hard, and the mind forgets about it until next year.

The tools used within the coaching industry for Goal Setting are there to help an individual commit to their resolution and motivate them to keep going and celebrate their success. 

How can a personal Life Coach help?

A personal life coach can help explore an individual’s desires and help them to set goals.  There are a range of tools available which enables the coach to work closely together with their clients when setting goals.

Find out how Jodie can help here

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