Out with the Old and in with the New… Year

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 4, 2013

Whether you stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square, or rose early to ooh and aah over the floats in the Rose Parade, New Years is a time where we can refresh and rejuvenate ourselves for a brand new year. With the new year, there is the opportunity to start fresh and begin something new. Do you usually make a New Year’s resolution?

New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to Roman mythology. As each new year began, Romans made promises to Janus, the god of beginnings and keeper of doors and entrances. Janus was depicted in Roman mythology to have two faces, one in the front of his head and one in the back; with these two faces, he could view both the past and present. Because of this, Janus became the ancient symbol of resolutions.

Today, we also take time to reflect on the past year, as well as anticipate a new year full of new prospects and opportunities. A new year gives us the chance to create a clean slate and create positive change in our lives. Popular New Year’s resolutions include improving health, finances, career and self. If you have ever set a New Year’s resolution, you know that it is easy to give up on your goal within a few weeks. In fact, according to a study done at the University of Scranton, only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their resolution. Here are five tips to help you succeed with your New Year’s Resolution in 2013.

Share your goal with a supportive friend or family member: Those who share their New Year’s resolution with someone else are more likely to be successful. Sharing your goals creates accountability. Who knows, you might even find someone who wants to join you in your goal!

Write your resolution down with a pen and paper: Writing your resolution down on paper makes the goal tangible. Often, writing down a goal can even help you clearly define what you hope to achieve.

Pick a goal that is measurable: Instead of setting the goal to exercise more this year, promise yourself you will exercise three times a week. It is a lot easier to see if you’re succeeding if you put attach a measurable number to your goal.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a massive resolution: It might seem overwhelming to make a goal to completely overhaul your finances in 2013. Break down your resolution into smaller goals, for example, to pack your lunch everyday instead of eating out. If you create an action plan of smaller things you can do to achieve your goal, you will be more likely to accomplish it.

Don’t give up on your resolution: Don’t count your resolution out if you can’t make time to get to the gym one week, or you slip up on your healthy eating habits. After all, it takes time to create new habits!

Shea Homes wishes you a happy New Year and success with any New Year’s resolutions you may set. We hope you are able to reflect back on a great year and look forward to the next. Share with us your resolutions!

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