Do you stick to your New Year's Resolutions?

Do you stick to your New Year's Resolutions?

As the new year approaches many people tend to spend some time thinking about how the past year has been, and what they would like to change for the coming year. But truth be told few people manage to keep their promise, and after a couple of weeks or maybe a month or two, they forget all about their resolution/s. I have made my own resolution and am hoping to stick to it. I will try to be more patient and less grumpy this year and my hope is to manage to be more optimistic as a result. Have you ever made a resolution that you managed to keep throughout the year?

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Typically, yes. I don't call them new years resolutions though. At the first of the year I review my goals for last year and then write new goals for the new year. I review them periodically through the year and update them. To have success with goals they should not be vague and they should be measurable. A bad goal would be "I don't want to be fat anymore". It is vague and not measurable. It should be "I want to lose 10lbs by March". You can measure your weight daily and update your goal. You should elaborate on the goal as well.

I want to lose 10lbs by March

  • I will do cardio three times per week for 30 minutes (measurable)
  • I will only eat 1700 calories per day until I reach my goal (measurable)
  • I will not eat junk food (sort of vague but can be measured)
When you reach your goal, it is important to update it. If you are happy at your weight, using the above example, you should update it to a maintenance goal. If not, change it to lose more weight by a specific date.
Posted by Lop on 12-24-2016
Wow lop, what a great idea you have here. Yes measureable goals are what one needs in order to succeed. But there are so many that just have goals that are either unattainable or too vague. I will be sure to try writing my goals in this manner.
Posted by angie828 on 12-26-2016
A lot of people practice the 'Making New Year's resolutions' at this time of year but not many know the tradition is based on Paganism, from around 4000 years ago with the Babylonians - during which they would celebrate a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu where they would either crown a new King or swear renewed loyalty to the current King. In theory, this was a good thing as you would so obviously want to participate in a big event for your Monarch. At that time, they would also make offerings, promises to their own local Gods/deities to be more faithful/productive in the upcoming year in hopes the promises would be heard and believed so he (whoever he was) would bestow favor and blessings. The penalty for failing to honor those promises (we call them resolutions) would be falling out of favor with one's God, so very few people failed on resolutions.

A little later, Julius Caesar established January 1 for the start of New Years; January based on their 'god' Janus a deity that looked backward and forward into time and in doing so could see all things. Many offerings were made to Janus at January 1 with similar promises to behave/do good in the upcoming year.

Later on, the practice became popular with Christian/Protestant during the 1700's and now is widely practiced as secular or non-religious by many, though most don't know or understand/appreciate the Pagan roots.

As for myself, I don't make New Years resolutions but strive daily to do better than the previous one. I used to do the resolutions but it didn't work for me. Now, I make tiny corrections to my daily routine (personal, life and work related) as I go along during the year so that I'm not far off course from where I want to be. I will usually look back at my week and ask myself what I could do better. If I see that something is not working for me, then I make the adjustment then or at least make goals, reachable milestones so that i can have the life that I want then and not waiting until a predetermined mark (New Years) to work on that.
Posted by Beverly on 12-24-2016
Beverly, I never knew that resolutions were based on this. Thank you so much for pointing this out.

I have made plenty of New Years Resolutions and some I have not stuck with. I really like your idea of looking back at the week and asking yourself what you could have done better. I think that this would make my life easier. I have many goals that I want to obtain, maybe doing a week in review would be beneficial to me.
Posted by angie828 on 12-26-2016
My new year resolution? Em I've made some over the years and I've come to realize it takes reasonable effort to stick to them. Our new year resolutions are usually designed to take us to the next level, we don't want to be stagnant in life, so one of the best ways to make progress is by making new resolutions and sticking to them. I have a little piece I'll like all my friends to ponder on before this year is over. Hi friends, have you ever thought about your life? Like waking up at night to think about your life? Your relationship with people, why you behave the way you do etc. At some points, we realize a need to change the way we do some things, stop some things or start something new. My lovely friends, it a fresh moment or time to make such a decision. Make it a resolution, yes a resolution, so you can stand someday to say since 2017, I resolved to or not to ........, their is a saying that any success without a history is fake. Make a conscious effort to see that the resolution made is kept, but at any point you find yourself going against your wish, make a stop and say no, I am not going back to the way I use to be. Jesus loves you and wants to help you out, tell it to him. Let your resolution change your life, make it a memorable turning point, this could make all the difference.
Posted by Jeshurun on 12-27-2016
I would definitely need to quit smoking (AGAIN). This was my last years new year resolution and I managed to stay off the cigarettes for about 10 months. Hope this year I can make it till 2018 and maybe even longer than that. In essence I want to quit smoking forever, the reason I restarted is because I had a bunch of Cuban cigars one week and that opened my nicotine needs.
Posted by Cristian on 12-30-2016
Well, I do have some new years resolutions:

  • Find a new career other than freelancing online
  • Stop drinking so much coffee, limit my coffee intake to at least 1 cup a day
  • Quit smoking (which i plan to do after this pack of cigarettes is gone i will be quitting cold turkey - again)
  • Start my real estate classes part-time
These are goals i have for 2017, 2017 is gonna be MY year to get these things done. So I am truly hoping I can accomplish these goals for myself.
Posted by Everett on 01-10-2017
I have made my own resolutions in the past but even though I've been able to stick with them most of the times, I don't have any new resolutions for this year. Not in the same way at least. That being said, I have a few personal things to work on and also some business related choices to do.. But that has nothing to do with new year's resolutions. What I do know, is that 2017 will be better than 2015 and 2016. That's the only thing I can promise myself.
Posted by hitmeasap on 01-13-2017
I don't personally make New Year's resolutions. At the age of thirty, I have become increasingly aware that the only way I will have the life I envision and desire is by my everyday choices and actions. I have goals for myself and I have to commit to the steps necessary to achieve those goals and that is the same on New Year's as well as July 29th. Relentless pursuit of goals, no matter the obstacle is my new MO.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 01-24-2017
I found that whenever I made a New Year's resolution I would never stick to it. For years I would make the same resolution about losing weight, cutting something out of my diet and once I had reached around mid January early February I had broken that resolution. I now don't make resolutions but instead make goals, for example if I would like to lose some weight I decide on a weight I would like to be at by a certain time and I work towards that, I feel that if I make goals over resolutions I tend to stick to them better.
Posted by Shortie on 03-17-2017

Twitter Replies

Posted on Twitter by YungfeekBcm on 12-25-2016
[@SuperiorThan] Only made one, once. Didn't keep it, so never made another.😂
Posted on Twitter by SardisStorm on 12-25-2016
[@SardisStorm] They don't work for everyone :P ^BJ
Posted on Twitter by SuperiorThan on 12-26-2016
[@SuperiorThan] Balderdash
Posted on Twitter by M_Cookchin on 01-01-2017
Suzanne Ariel Byars
[@SuperiorThan] I don't make any New Years' resolutions I try to be a good great person every Day all the time I don't take breaks from it
Posted on Twitter by SbyarsA on 01-02-2017
Suzanne Ariel Byars
@SuperiorThan if you take breaks from improving yourself or from doing your best I think you're a loser my partner can never take breaks
Posted on Twitter by SbyarsA on 01-02-2017
Suzanne Ariel Byars
@SuperiorThan me & a partner can never take breaks from doing our best for each other why stop doing your best at any time?
Posted on Twitter by SbyarsA on 01-02-2017
[@SbyarsA] When you're focused on the people that matter, your priorities and objectives are always in order. :)
Posted on Twitter by SuperiorThan on 01-02-2017
[@SbyarsA] Just do your best every day! It's a good way to go. Thanks for your input.
Posted on Twitter by SuperiorThan on 01-02-2017
[@SbyarsA] That's an amazing outlook Thank you for sharing it with us and have a great New Year! :)
Posted on Twitter by SuperiorThan on 01-02-2017
Suzanne Ariel Byars
[@SuperiorThan] I don't take breaks from. Being myself I always do the best that I can
Posted on Twitter by SbyarsA on 01-02-2017
T Karney
[@SuperiorThan] Why the fuck would I make any?
Posted on Twitter by pecunium on 01-02-2017
Red Dirt Ready
[@SuperiorThan] I dont make any. So...
Posted on Twitter by SwTkthe1 on 01-05-2017
[@SwTkthe1] New Years resolutions don't work for everyone. So long as you have a good direction already, you might not need one.
Posted on Twitter by SuperiorThan on 01-05-2017
Red Dirt Ready
[@SuperiorThan] Nailed it.
Posted on Twitter by SwTkthe1 on 01-05-2017