So some 4000 years ago the Babylonians would have an 11 day festival in March. However, in 46 BC the Roman emperor Julius Caesar decided to move the first day of the year to January in honour of the Roman god of beginnings Janus.
It was a difficult sell and took some time to catch on but the campaign was assisted not by increased advertising spend and a pretend online viral sensation story, but simply by Pope Gregory XIII really going for it in 1582 and solidifying the concept of January the 1st with the Gregorian calendar….
The rest you know about, the ‘I-really-mean-it-this-time’ diets that last for 2 weeks, the committed jogging sessions that last for 7 cold January days before giving up, yadda yadda…
So How To Stick With The Annual Resolution Let Down?
- Well, as I said (last year…remember?!!!!) 😀 The secret is to tell folks about it so that they can either laugh when you give up in 2 days or encourage you when you don’t. Feel free to place your resolution in the comments again this year…so we can laugh or indeed encourage you.
- Make the goal do-able. Don’t build Everest on Jan 1, just add a few bricks, dirt and stones to get started.
- Do little bits that become habit. The forceful immediate STOP or START of something rarely works for most people.
- Plan your check points out during the coming year. Let your I Calender or diary thingy keep asking you every month ‘So how’s the stopping bitching going?’ Or ‘How much smoking have you cut down this month?’
So What Say You?
Will you be doing it (again) this year? How did you get on last year? Would it be hideously smug to say that I more or less stuck to my last year resolution? 😛 (Gold star for The Ed!)
Add your resolution in the comments if it helps and I might check back with you some time mid year…like I did last year!