The resolution: a tradition typically embraced during the initial onslaught of the new year’s temptations but eventually abandoned for the sake of comfort and routine. While many consider new year’s resolutions a fairly modern blight on humanity’s resolve, these annual objectives have existed since ancient times. Approximately four thousand years ago, ancient Babylonians created resolutions for the upcoming year that would ensure favor with their deluge of deities. Centuries later, Roman farmers continued the tradition by setting a new year’s agenda outlining the duties they hoped to fulfill in the upcoming year. Other Romans made vows to Janus on the first day of the year in order to secure prosperity and prospective. However, since the era of the Roman Empire, new year’s resolutions have taken a downward plunge with just over nine percent of resolutions reaching completion by the December 31 deadline. Only twenty percent of new year’s resolutions survive into February to boot! In spite of this depressing data, there is hope for those who wish to better themselves in the upcoming year. Because most people set goals such as maintaining healthier lifestyles or exercising greater financial caution, new year’s resolutions serve as agents of inspiration, beckoning complacent crowds into a happier state of mind. And yes, new year’s resolutions can be kept! Experts suggest employing strategies like setting small, realistic goals and limiting the amount of resolutions you set to improve your chances of attaining your objectives. With a little bit of determination and a sound method of execution, no new year’s resolution need be feared!

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