Over two thousand years ago, the ancient Romans began the practice of making New Year’s resolutions when they named the first month after Janus, the god of beginnings. Janus had two faces, one looking back at the old year, the other looking forward to the new one. In order to secure good fortune in the future, January became the time when you ask forgiveness for past deeds and look inward for how you can improve.
Now that you have made your own personal resolutions – still an honored ritual at this time of year – how do you avoid another universal tradition – breaking them? We all know that it’s easier to say you are going to give up a bad habit than to actually stick to your new plan. As parents have told their children for centuries, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
You may have resolved to finally lose the ten pounds that have been plaguing you for years, to start an exercise program you can stick to, to let go of your self-destructive smoking, drinking or over-spending habit. Or, perhaps you’re one of the 50% of Americans who vow to spend more time with family and friends this year. So where do you begin? And how do you increase the odds that you will continue? With the New Year, you have a clean page, ready to take your dictation.
Click on the title above to take you to our HerMentorCenter.com article, New Year’s Resolutions for Sandwiched Boomers. It gives you 9 ideas about setting New Year’s resolutions to reduce pressures for members of the Sandwiched Generation. And tune in this week as we give you some tips to help you accomplish your goals.