You Deserve Bold New Beginnings
Heartfulness eMagazine|January 2022
Most resolutions fail because they aren't compelling enough. This year, choose goals that keep inspiring you. One treasure trove of inspiration is the Bhagavad Gita, so DAAJI will be sharing this timeless wisdom and offering us practical tools for new beginnings to move forward.

Life is a continuum of new beginnings strung together in time. The birth of a child, coming of age, and marriage are some examples of new beginnings that cultures across the world celebrate with joy. One new beginning that started during the time of the Romans and continues to be celebrated across the world is the New Year. The Romans celebrated the New Year by honoring Janus – he gives us the month’s name, January. Janus was the God of transitions. He represented the bridge between what was and what will be, the old and the new. For this reason, Janus is represented as the God with two faces, one facing the past and the other facing the future. While the traditions honoring Janus have ended, what endures is our enthusiasm for new beginnings. Each year, come January, new memberships at the gym hit the roof. Losing weight, saving money, and quitting smoking are among the most popular resolutions. We hope the new year will give us the extra boost we need to become better. But by January 19, we hit what is called Quitter’s Day, the day when most people choose the face of Janus looking into the past. They quit.

This January let’s change that. A world healing from a pandemic needs more resolve and less quitting. Our victories, no matter how small, spread hope and positivity.

How can you ensure success this time?

When researchers studied why people struggle to keep their resolutions, they found that most people either forget their resolutions or simply lose track of them. Test this for yourself. What was your resolution last year? And the year before? The chances are you have forgotten. Usually, you will forget something because it isn’t important enough. It doesn’t warrant your interest. So, this year, make resolutions that interest you deeply.

Interest fuels resolve. Interest gives the impetus to act. When you are interested, you will set positive intentions and prioritize better. Take a moment to revisit your successes. You will find that interest ignites your efforts. And what happens when you lack interest? Do you try to make up for lost interest with willpower? Well, it doesn’t work. When there is no interest, the joy is gone, and self-improvement becomes a sandpapery affair. So, the key is to create interest.

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