Well, it’s that time of year again. The days after the holidays, but before New Year’s Eve where everyone talks about making resolutions. Common resolutions are reflected in the daily advertisements we will see on TV and hear on the radio over the course of the next few weeks. Diet food companies, weight loss companies, gyms and exercise equipment commercials flood the airwaves in attempts to grab the money of some poor soul who made a new year’s resolution they probably won’t keep.
This year instead of making a resolution I ask – who started the tradition of making a resolution? According to Wikipedia the tradition stems from ancient Babylonians who made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
When you google “New Year’s Resolution” there are an abundance of sites that offer advice on which resolutions to pick and how to make your resolutions stick.
It seems we have become a resolution-obsessed culture during this time of year. I hate when people ask me what my resolution will be – assuming I have one, which I usually don’t. I don’t make resolutions because I rarely keep them. So if I make one and fail to keep it, then I let myself down over nothing; just a societal pressure to create something I don’t want in the first place.
So this new years, don’t feel the pressure to make a resolution. Make a resolution not to make resolutions. It’s a sure fire way to feel successful about your resolution.