‘A new year, full of new challenges. Dream big and you will get there’. It is that time of the year again: January. Social Media is filled with New Year’s resolutions and everyone is busy with sharing their goals and dreams for 2018. Wherever you look, you find the question: ‘What are your dreams for 2018?’ ‘What are your New Year’s resolutions?’ But why do we even set resolution? Where is this tradition coming from? And do I believe in setting resolutions? Did I set any? Find it all out below in this week’s blog!
There are many stories to be found about the origin of setting resolutions. However, one story seems to resonate with every story and that’s the story of Janus. Janus was a Roman god of beginnings. He had two faces, one for looking forward and one for looking backwards.
Furthermore, January is named after Janus. Back in 153 B.C. the Romans imagined that Janus would take the 31st of December to look backwards at the old year and reflect. He would use his other face to look forward to the New Year. This time became symbolic for the Romans to forgive problems out the past and make resolutions for a better future, because they believed Janus did the same for them.
And there it was; the New Year’s resolutions!
So should we thank Janus and the Romans for this tradition? Or is it out-dated and should it be replaced?
First, how many of the most common resolutions of 2018 can you guess? According to a the Evening Standard, who wrote an article based on a YouGov poll, saying that this is 2018’s top 10 of New Year’s resolutions:
Cheesy, aren’t they? How many did you manage to guess correctly? I believe they are quite universally known. But now it’s time for the main question: Do I believe in resolutions? Did I set any and if so, why?
I think the idea behind a resolution is great: to improve your life and create a new good habit or get rid of an old bad one. However, I do believe that some people are misunderstanding the tradition and are just setting resolutions to set resolutions. They take a New Year as a ‘final stroke’ to try and quite smoking one more/last time, because throughout the year they do not find the courage to do so. I believe Will Smith sums it up perfectly in this saying:
I believe that daily resolutions are more important than the ones you set for the New Year. Some people lack the believe system that they can make that change on a daily basis.
Furthermore, whatever people’s reasons might be for setting resolutions; it is all good! I do not judge anyone for setting resolutions or even when not following through, because taking action and trying will bring you further than laying on your couch, hating on people who have resolutions.
So did I set any resolutions? And if I did, why? Well, when taking the time to reflect back on 2017 I realized it was an awesome year, but also a year full of fears, insecurities and self-doubt. It was a year that was determined by the actions I took, and not all the thoughts I had. The lessons I learned where learned by doing, not by thinking. I realized that I want to improve and realize many goals in 2018. However, my main resolution is: ‘getting out of my head by taking action, even when I am afraid or unsure.’
I realized that I am analysing, over thinking and doubting myself too often and that it is time to take action. To be willing to try and fail, get up and do it once again. It might sound cheesy, but I have found out that taking action is the best way to learn, grow and develop.
This resolution might not be specific or measurable, but looking back at 2018 in a year from now, I will be sure if I took massive action and accomplished this resolution. Therefore, I will do everything I can to defeat my fears and self-doubt and take action!
So what is your opinion about New Year’s resolutions? Did you set any? Are you ready to take action and do the uncomfortable? Or are you happy enough and don’t you need a resolution? Comment below!