Do you have to cross the International dateline to celebrate New Year 2012 first? It helps.
January 02, 2012
If only it were that easy.
"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other," as someone once said.
New Year’s resolutions are not new.
The Ancient Babylonians, in 2000 BC, were the first to make them.
Since they didn’t have a calendar to tell them what time the New Year should start, they picked March 23.
Seemed sensible, at the time, since it coincided with the vernal Equinox and the arrival of spring.
Returning farm equipment featured heavily on their resolution's list.
The Romans invented our new calendar, epitomized by Janus, the two faced god of beginnings and endings.
The Roman Senate, besides dealing with the Second Celtiberian War in 153 BC, made the first of January the official beginning of the New Year, so they could have a day to get on with their favorite resolution of looking for forgiveness from their enemies.
So...now returning to your list.
Or lack of.
And it’s okay, if you haven’t made one out yet since statistics say that 35 percent haven't.
You can see why “Stop Procrastinating" is on top of many.
John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, gives you strategy to succeed.
“Make it realistic. Make it attainable. State it positively."
You don't have to re-read 15 classics a month, when perhaps, one a month would be more doable.
One last thing, (before I resolve not to rely on so many statistics) you should know that 56 percent of people stick to resolutions if they make them public.