A Short History Of Resolutions And How To Make Them Stick

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It’s that time of the year again when every Taju, Amaka and Umaru are out to make promises for the new year. Most have termed these promises “Resolutions” and they make them with the sole intention of bettering themselves in all aspects of their lives ( except those with intentions of picking up vices). But how did this tradition of making Resolutions to herald a new year come about?, we shall take a quick journey back in time to discover what Nee year resolutions are all about and why it is important we make them.


According to Cam bridge’s advanced dictionary, New Year’s resolution is a secular tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day. Throughout history, people have at one time or the other made up their minds to do something new and different at the beginning of a set time. From the ancient Babylonians to the Romans and Knights of the medieval era, one thing has held true and that is the promise of believers of this era to better themselves and the society.


More so, the making of resolutions at the beginning of a new year cuts across religions and race as humans struggle to keep up with promises that builds bridges. It is however easier said than done to make promises and stick to them thus making it important to ensure that the right resolutions are made and the means of keeping them are available.

Setting a resolution that is within reach and achievable is important in sticking to promises made. For instance, a resolution for behavioral change such as alcoholism requires serious commitment and effort to achieve. Going back to them doesn’t necessarily mean their are no improvements but such person should realize that the process is gradual and it’s important to build on the little progress that comes in bits.


Moreover, it is important to have a time frame on some resolutions. A person willing to shed weight for example needs to have a time frame for particular pounds dropped. This will help to monitor progress and other improvements needed. It is also important to be appreciative of little gains made in the process of set goals as this would serve to spur the individual on for more significant achievements.


Lastly, it is important to realise that you are human and are bound to slip and make mistakes from time to time. Going back on your resolutions once or twice doesn’t mean you’ve failed, there’s always another opportunity to correct and improve provided you are determined to be a better Taju, Amaka or Umaru.





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