Resolutions by Spartan Mind Strength

Did you know that according to one publication, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February? And that according to another publication only 8% of the people who admit they make new year’s resolutions are successful in achieving their goals?

But why would we fail so miserably in something that is actually such an old practice?

The quick video below gives you the history of new year’s resolutions along with four very important criteria.

No matter what your resolutions are, make sure they follow the above four criteria and you will have a much higher chance of succeeding.

Video Guide

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Video Transcript

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Language: en

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Hi everyone! I would like to talk to you
about resolutions, the most famous of

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them being the New Year's resolutions.
The failure rate of New Year's

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resolutions is astonishing. According to
one publication approximately 80% of

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resolutions fail by the second week of
February. According to another

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publication only 8% of the people who
admit they make New Year's resolutions

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are successful in achieving their goals.
But why would we fail so miserably in

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something that is actually such an old
practice? Old? Yes very old. New Year's

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resolutions is a custom that dates 4000
years back to the ancient Babylonians.

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The ancient Babylonians were celebrating
the beginning of the new year

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which for them was around mid-march
based on the spring equinox with

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elaborate festivals. During this time the
people would also commit to becoming

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better by making personal promises to
the Gods.

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This way they knew that they would
definitely be held accountable.

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This practice passed on to ancient Rome
in a slightly different context. The

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Romans were celebrating the beginning of
the new year in January the month named

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in honor of God Janus. Janus is the
Roman God of doorways archways

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beginnings and endings usually depicted
with two faces one looking forward and

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the other backwards. The Romans honored Janus before any other God

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no matter the occasion, and made promises
to him for good behavior during

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January's New Year celebration. So what
happened? Why are we failing? Several

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reasons. Number one, we are not looking
for practices that are simple. We seem to

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have forgotten the Latin origin of the
word resolution, which meant a process of

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reducing things into simpler forms,
resolutionem.  We make things too

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complicated. Number two, we are afraid to
get out of our comfort zone. We look for

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things that are easy. Easy does not keep
us interested, easy does not render

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results. Without results we become bored
and quit. We need to take on practices

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that challenge us enough to make a
difference but not too much. So we need

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something that won't kill us but that will
make us stronger.

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We need hormetic resolutions. Number
three, very often we confuse resolutions

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with long-term goals. Resolutions have to
be something that we can implement right

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away something whose results we can
measure on a weekly basis, if not on a

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daily basis. Time is our most valuable
asset. Our resolution should not be

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wasting our most valuable asset. And last
but not least, our resolutions have to be

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time tested. Whether they involve
nutrition fitness meditative practices

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social behaviors
mental training spiritual training

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nature business practices we need to
know the history behind them. Just

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because an Instagram sensation advocates
a practice it does not mean it should be

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worth our time. Here at Spartan Mind
Strength, we use simple hormetic

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implementable and time-tested techniques.
We  use SHITT that works. Get the

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acronym? So no matter what your
resolutions are make sure they follow

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the above four criteria and you will
have a much higher chance of succeeding.

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To learn more about Spartan mind
strength subscribe to our podcast. The

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link is in the notes below.
Namaste kala! May we all be well! And

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until next time much much love from both
of us.

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