New beginnings mean new decisions. So, what can we do to make these decisions feasible?
The tradition of making new resolutions for the new year goes all the way back to ancient Rome. The first month of the year was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and endings. People would promise to be good and expected this god to protect them.
We make any number of decisions we believe will be better for us at the start of a new year, a new month or even a new day. We feel good about ourselves even in the process of making these decisions. However, research has shown that we actually follow through on very few of these decisions. One reason is that we make resolutions that are difficult to achieve. For example, it might not be very realistic for a person who doesn’t exercise at all to decide that they will suddenly exercise five days a week. More realistic resolutions are easier to measure. Witnessing our own success makes it easier to follow through on our resolutions.
Experts recommend doing the resolutions we make with others instead of on our own. This makes our resolution more than just a private promise to ourselves and, of course, having people in our life who push us to do better things helps us to follow through on our resolutions.