Well, here we are, another year in the bag and a brand spanking new one ahead of us. If you’re like at least half of the population, you looked at the beginning of 2018 as an opportunity to make some resolutions to better yourself in some way and to make this coming year the best ever! Or something like that. Truth is, only about 8% of resolvers will keep their resolutions—sad trombone. But don’t quit while you’re behind. Don’t be disheartened. All is not lost! You can still make those resolutions work. And we’re here to help. Read on for some tips to get back on track—while still having some fun—no matter how far off the trail you’ve wandered.
Now you may be wondering why, even though the new year is something to be celebrated, you’re being forced to participate in this restricting and kind-of-less-than-celebratory tradition of making resolutions. Well, that’s because, like many things that are hard and stressful, it’s tradition. For your reading pleasure, a brief history of the new year’s resolution:
The first recorded celebrations marking the start of the new year were by the ancient Babylonians who also, no surprise, were also the first to make new year’s resolutions. Some 4,000 years ago, hoping to curry favor with the gods for the coming year, the Babylonians pledged all sorts of things. This event occurred in mid-March, when the crops were planted, so not really at the time of the new year we’ve come to know. That change came from our old friend and salad entrepreneur, Julius Caesar.
Hoping to be remembered for more than his delicious anchovy-based dressing, Julius Caesar decided to also shake up the calendar. He added about 90 days to it and established the first of January as the beginning of the year. January honored the month’s namesake, Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, who also had two faces so he could look back into the past and forward into the future. Pretty cool. Like the Babylonians, the Romans also made promises and sacrifices in hopes of some pay off in the new year.
So we carry on the tradition, no longer pledging to the gods but to ourselves in hopes of self-improvement and good health and the like. And while the outlook for success may seem bleak, giving up is not an option. The Ancient Babylonians and the Ancient Romans kept trying and nothing bad ever happened to them, right?
1 Happy New Year! With promises to eat better and exercise both body and brain, 2018 is off to a great start!
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Stick it, or how to keep your New Year’s resolutions
One of the biggest reasons your resolutions might not stick is not having a solid plan going into things. And while a wise man once said that the best laid plans can often go awry, the same guy also said “Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it,” and what does that mean? So planning can help. Here are some simple tips to help you map out a plan to set, and hopefully keep, your resolutions. And if not, that’s fine, too.
- Don’t start your resolutions on January 1. You’re just coming of all the holiday debauchery and gluttony and it will be twice as hard to just go cold turkey. Aim for February 1 and let your body adjust some and get back into a slightly more normal swing before you go all crazy with denying yourself everything.
- Be flexible as you go along. Your priorities might change and so too may your resolutions. Say you started out the year promising to not eat meat and then you discover you’re allergic to everything BUT meat (dare to dream). Keep things loose enough to make adjustments just in case you need to go on that full-meat diet.
- When you accomplish something, give yourself a treat. Like a tasty bit of exotic meats jerky. That’s an especially nice treat.
- Feeling low or unmotivated? We already talked about negative thinking, so knock that off. And maybe take a look at what you’ve already accomplished. You may have come further than you realized.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. It may be tempting to resolve to save the Earth single-handedly or to read and understand Finnegans Wake. And while it would truly be impressive if you were able to accomplish either of those things, it’s pretty unlikely they’ll happen. So don’t set yourself up for failure by declaring massive goals. Make more achievable promises to yourself—start small with something like starting a new hobby, and then work up. And if you manage to save the Earth all by yourself, that will be really interesting and worth writing a novel about, so then you’ll be able to check off that resolution, too. Well done.
Resolve, relapse, regret
So here you are, a few days into the new year and you’re feeling like you might already lose your resolution mojo. Temptations are everywhere! Maybe you’re not as determined as you thought you were. Maybe lazy is the new fit. Mostly, maybe you’re not sure where to look for help to keep yourself on the straight and narrow. Look no further. We present the Man Crates Map to Resolution Redemption. When temptations hit or when confusion arises, you still have options that will keep your new year’s resolutions and stop you from taking too many backwards steps.
If at first you don’t succeed…
Perhaps you’ve already lost your way with your resolutions. Buck up, little camper. Getting too critical of your lack of resolve can be just as detrimental to your well-being as not keeping your resolutions. Fight the bad-brain bent and don’t beat yourself up when you don’t succeed. Moving forward sometimes involves taking a step backwards. Don’t sweat little obstacles along your course to resolution completion.