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A Quick History of New Year’s Resolutions

Around 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution. Do you?

As I mentioned above, I have just returned from a fabulous goal-setting workshop this week with Michael Hyatt. He posted an article on his website, “From Babylon to Self-Betterment: A Quick History of the New Year’s Resolution,” which talks about the history of resolutions I thought you may enjoy. The article will transport you to ancient Babylon and resolutions made to Marduk, the patron god of Babylon, then on to the Age of Chivalry when knights took Peacock Vows, and through to America where, despite the 40% of resolutions made, 88% of resolvers admit to failure.

In Hyatt’s workshop, he spoke about how he prefers goals over resolutions because resolutions have such a high failure rate. So, how can you better your odds of success? The article suggests you set goals that are specific, focused, and announced so that you can better stay on track with the help of friends and family.

To read the full article, click here.

photo credit: marcoverch Notizbuch mit Zielen für 2018 auf dem Tisch, aus der Vogelperspektive fotografiert via photopin (license)

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