No doubt many of you have made at least one New Year’s resolution for 2013. If you have, you’re in good company. Over 300 million Americans say they make New Year’s resolutions. If you haven’t, you’re in good company. According to recent research, 38% of Americans have no intention of making any resolutions. (University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 12/13/2012).
This week we Googled the results of ten New Year’s resolution surveys. We found that half of the top ten resolutions for 2013 for the average American were a bit surprising – and the other half were the ‘usual suspects.’ See how many of them are on your list. We’ll start with #10 and work up to #1:
2. Regular exercise: However, there are those who didn’t include exercise on their list: One New Year’s resolutioner said he would try to drive past a gym at least once a week. Another promises to give up exercise – permanently! “All it does,” she says, “is make you sweat.” A friend of ours says his idea of vigorous exercise is to draw a bath tub full of water, get in, pull the plug, and fight the current.
It will come as no surprise to most of you that 50% percent of the people who make New Years resolutions do not plan to keep them in the first place. They confess they only make them because they feel pressured to do so. A whopping 92% of those who do make resolutions fail to keep them for one reason or another.
For most people, it seems, a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
It seems that many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. That’s like trying to steal second base with your foot on first.
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions originated in 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. He was always depicted with two faces. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.
Cher’s and my term for looking forward and backward at the same time is ‘retreat forward.’ It means stepping out of our busyness long enough to catch up to ourselves. And the best way to do that is to turn our perfunctory resolutions into personal revolutions.
And the best way to do that is to make our resolutions a daily habit instead of writing a perfunctory list once a year. There’s a whole industry out there making money on commercializing our resolutions.
Cher and I don’t make New Years resolutions. At least not the kind that is popularized by the media the first week in January every year. We make daily resolutions!
We have two resolutions we wake up to every morning, every day, every year:
- We resolve to put our Christ Nature first in everything we do each day, and to honor the Christ in others.
- We resolve to live at the speed of our Christ Consciousness every waking moment so we don’t take our innate divinity for granted.
We are convinced that resolutions only become revolutions when you put them into practice. So, we affirm your being willing and able to do that starting today – in this now moment – as soon as you’ve gleaned all you can from our blogcast!
About the authors: In addition to their work with The Metaphysical Website, Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton also present dynamic corporate workshops, the most popular entitled “The ExtraordinaryYou!” They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at: www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com and www.HoltonConsulting.com