According to History.com, making resolutions have been in existence for about 4000 years that began as a 12-day religious event that was slightly altered when Julius Caesar tinkered with the calendar to determine January 1st as the beginning of the year. Feel free to read the full details here.
Fast forward to modern days where New Year resolutions have become a household tradition. It’s become tradition almost to a fault sometimes. It is said that about 45% of Americans make a New Year resolution, however, only about 8% achieve their intended goal(s). This can sometimes feel as failure, making the purpose of the act diminished. I have personally never thought about or had the desire to have a New Year resolution simply because my goal(s) and intentions are on an ongoing basis. Also, I don’t do well under pressure, so waiting until the end of the year to resolve what will happen in the coming year would drive me to drink 😂!