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New Year's Resolutions
History of New Year's Resolutions 2010

Many of us make resolutions every year but we are unaware of the beginning.

The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.

# Favourite New Year's Resolutions:
Resolution means commitment to Change. Do we look at it that way? Or is it just a case of what I want or desire – it becomes a temporary change.
Majority of resolutions die before the next month (Feb) arrives.
How many do you feel you have listed previously?
Which ones did you succeed in meeting your needs?
List your last five years – resolutions and check your success rate?
Most Favourite Resolutions:
1. Spend More Time with Family, Children & Friends
2. Become FIT through FITNESS Programme/ Exercises/ Gym
3. Give up Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
4. Stop Drinking (Alcohol)
5. Pay my debts off - specially Mortgage/ Bank Loan/ Credit Cards
6. Get up Early in the morning to be at work on time
7. Watch LESS TV
8. Learn NEW Skills to better myself
9. Spend more time for myself – to relax
10. Get Organised to manage things better
11. Help poor people through Social Work
12. Develop better habits for Going GREEN

So it is time to reflect on the changes we want (or need
to make and resolve to ensure that you will follow through for at least for one month.

 #  New Year's resolutions have acquired some sort of a bad reputation as every year they get broken.
 #  Why should we bother if making them almost invariably leads to breaking them?

 #  So why do we really bother knowing this?

Therefore 3 important questions you need to keep asking yourself to help you achieve.

1. Why Make a Resolution?

One always desires change. Desire is a dream and determination is needed to drive you to turn it into a reality. So please do ask why one wants to make this resolution. Reasons are important and will help you to stay focused on your set goal.

When the struggle to keep the resolution becomes a challenge, one needs to remember why one made this promise in the first place.The reason is that one wants to see oneself in a different place at the end of the year (and beyond!) than one was at the beginning.

2. How to Keep this Resolution?

“Aiming to be what you're not is a waste of time.” Resolving to become a marathon runner when one has never even jogged around the block is more than likely doomed to failure. Keep your goals realistic, small and achievable.

To reduce fat, for instance, resolve to do so 1kg at a time. Write down a list of healthy foods to enjoy eating according to a required caloric intake. Also list a range of sensible and fun exercises: from walking instead of driving, to swimming, dancing or ice skating.

Concentrate on the positive outcomes, not just in terms of lower weight, but a rise in energy, glowing skin, and well-functioning organs and muscles. Don't focus on what is impossible but on what can now be accomplished that one couldn't before.

3. What If the Resolution is Broken?

New Year's resolutions are often challenging to keep.

Despite everyone's best intentions, we all know what tends to happen next. We give up on our resolutions (usually sometime in February) and give up on changing ourselves until the following year. So please aim to push yourself to stretch it till end of Feb.10 and you will begin to see some benefit of your resolution.

Dont give up now – just aim for one more month and then one more month and so on. You should and keep a log of benefits or changes to help you stay positive in achieving your goal.

You need to have a plan for any setbacks. Stuffing yourself suddenly with chocolate cake? Create solutions beforehand to counter this behaviour e.g. jump back on that treadmill, eat less dinner or do 10 situps.

Find a way of stopping the behavior that's undermining your resolution. Don't blame or feel guilty. Just become positive and return to the plan to keep your resolution on track. The end result is important in making a resolution, but the process is just as essential.

Though people's resolution goals and intentions are sound, they get into trouble keeping new year's resolutions because they don't adequately plan for how they will accomplish their self-improvement goals. In the absence self-change plan, most tend to fail. The reason normally is that it is difficult for people to change their habits.


People are creatures of habit.

Habits are ingrained behaviour patterns that people repeat over and over. Particular habits form because people find repeating certain behaviours again and again (like eating food, or sitting on the sofa watching television, or having a drink or a smoke) to be pleasing and conforming. Habits give a sense of comfort and pleasure.

The sheer frequency of repetition of these habits makes accomplishing them second nature; very little thought or energy needs to be expended in order to engage in ingrained habits. Focus in developing ‘Good Habits’.

Resolutions are really path for ‘Breaking your BAD Habits’. So focus on the benefits each month and keep extending your deadline by each month and eventually it will become a CHANGE FOREVER or HABIT - your desired goal for success - whether it’s for health, wealth, career or whatever....

Be Disciplined
- Sticking with the optimal long-term strategy may not be the most exciting investing choice. However, your chances of success increase if you stay the course without letting your emotions, or "false friends", get the upper hand

The more personally motivated you are to meet your task, the better are your chances of sticking with your self-help project until you've achieved results.

Begin by defining your destination, and then plan your investment journey accordingly. What you achieve as an investor will depend on your goals, but sticking to these seven simple steps will help keep you on the right path.

Bon voyage to 2010!
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