This blog post is not about losing weight a very common new year’s resolution but about what could take us to achieve that goal. Going more often to the gym is a noble thought but unless a specific time is setup for that, it’s less likely to happen. Spending one hour before work every Monday at the gym will be a more precise goal to achieve. In that sense, we decided to focus on some of things that could make of this new year a better one.
Searching on the Internet, we came across the etymology of the word “resolution” which apparently had nothing to do with setting a huge goal at the beginning of the year and letting it fade away after a month or two. From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
resolution (n.) late 14c., “a breaking into parts,” from Old French resolution (14c.) or directly from Latin resolutionem (nominative resolutio) “process of reducing things into simpler forms,” from past participle stem of resolvere “loosen” (see resolve). Sense of “a solving” (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, as is that of “power of holding firmly” (cf. resolute). Sense of “decision or expression of a meeting” is from c.1600. Meaning “effect of an optical instrument” is from 1860. New Year’s resolutions in reference to a specific intention to better oneself is at least from 1780s, and through 19c. generally of a pious nature.
This got us thinking that maybe if we kept in mind some of the original meaning of the word; the one that describes it as breaking things into simpler forms, we could keep up with our resolutions throughout the year. For us here at Tennis or Die, these are our simple ways to engage in a better 2014.
1. Be more mindful
Keep Calm: Drink tea, practice yoga, breath more often, meditate, or any similar action that could help with building that habit.
2. Show Love
3. Get Involved
But for most, do more of what you love. It will immediately re-energize you to flip the year to a better one. Research shows that it will take a human being at least three consecutive months to stick to a new habit. This app will help you to track your progress. It is quite effective.
Now your turn, what are your “resolutions” for this new year? How did you like the ones we came up with? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and join our MVP list for instant access to future updates. Happy, happy new year!