Day 1 Welcome! Why Make Resolutions?

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway with our 30-Day Goals and Resolutions Challenge! Thank you so much for joining me. I'm thrilled to have you go on this journey! 12 Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Day and since most people do their 12 Days of Christmas promos, sales, etc. before Christmas you will now have all the time in the world to do this challenge since it will get you ready for the New Year! People have been making resolutions all throughout history, but most people focus on making resolutions for the New Year. So, let’s get ready for making a resolution THAT WILL WORK past Jan 5 😊. To start let's take a closer look at resolutions and why we make them.

History of New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s isn’t the only time to plan on making a change or seeking a new resolution, but it is the most popular time to do so. Let’s look in the history books to see why or how this idea of resolutions came about. The Babylonians, 4000 years ago, rang in the New Year in March with the idea of “Fresh Starts”. They would celebrate their new year with an 11-day festival! During this feast, gifts would be given to the gods so that the Babylonians could clear themselves from their pasts and start anew. 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.

Reasons We Make Resolutions

There are several reasons why we make resolutions. It's natural for us to want to grow with personal development and to improve our lives. Making a resolution gives some clarity to our lives. Basically, it's like giving us a road map to follow to achieve our goals. Most importantly, making a resolution solidifies our sense of purpose. It allows us to make our reasons for existing more tangible. Making promises to ourselves keeps us accountable. Without this action, we stray from our purpose.  

This can lead to feelings as loss of self-esteem, worthlessness, and confusion. It simply makes us feel good, with a sense of accomplishment, to achieve the goals we set through resolutions. And when we're able to measure our progress, it’s so satisfying! 

Strategies for Making Resolutions

I'd like to at least touch on some general strategies for developing realistic goals. First, choose 1 or just a few things from your wish list to accomplish so you don't become overwhelmed and quit before you even start. Next, be specific! Making a vague statement like, "I will lose weight," isn't very effective. Say the number of pounds you want to lose in a specific time frame is far better. One last tip, stay accountable for the promises you make to yourself. You can share your goals with friends or record your progress in a journal. Go into our Venus Warrior group on Facebook here to stay on track and join others on their journey! These steps will help you to keep moving forward.

Now you know why we set resolutions. It's important to understand the reason behind doing something if you want to improve your chances of success. We will move on to explore the importance of setting goals tomorrow.

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