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Easter almost upon us and memories of Christmas fading into the past, many of us will already be noticing how swiftly the year is galloping onwards. The reality of our busy, over-stretched lives can overtake our daily aspirations to achieve more and live with more vitality and spirit. After the fun, the fruit cake and the fireworks of the festive season, we made promises we intended to keep about what we would do differently this year, but what ever became of those New Year’s resolutions? The personal pledges intended to help us achieve in 2016 the sort of life we were aspiring to in 2017 may now be—just like last year’s resolutions—unresolved.
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We vowed, wholeheartedly, that this year we would reach our goals and keep our promises, however studies have revealed that by February many of us have abandoned our New Year’s oaths. While this may be true, there is a new line of thought gaining momentum among resolution-makers. Many people are deciding that because January is a blur of busyness while we recover from the holiday season and establish our routines, and March are ideal months to commit to a plan of action for the year ahead. Since the goal is to change your life for the better, it is crucial to kick-start your strategy at a time when you are also most likely to stick with it. Then you will be ready to face the thrill of making the changes you want and the challenge of not quitting.
In early 2010, creativity coach and artist Cynthia Morris made a resolution: Meditate for 10 minutes a day. Although she expected to face obstacles, such as feeling restless while on the cushion or simply forgetting to sit, she figured the rewards of a regular meditation practice would sustain her through thick and thin. “It felt so good to honour myself in this way,” says Morris. “For me, that was the root and reward of meditation: I had committed to something and was building self-trust each time I sat.” She lasted 30 days. “Or not even,” says Morris. “I just couldn’t keep up.” Morris is in good company. Research shows that of nearly half the population of Australians who make New Year’s resolutions, only about eight per cent keep their promises for more than a few months.