Are you likely to keep New Year’s resolutions?
Select A or B to find out how strong your resolve is.
Your resolution is: A. Specific (dessert once a week) □
B. General (eat fewer sweets) □
The habit you hope to break: A. Does not define you (you smoke) □
B. Defines you
(you are a smoker) □
Your friends and family:
A. Are on board □
B. Don’t want you to change □
To ‘just one’, you would say: A. It’s a slippery slope □
B. Go on then □
Mainly As may indicate greater resolve. ‘There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving’ wrote Aldous Huxley, ‘and that is yourself.’ Resolutions give us the opportunity to draw a line under what has come before and define for ourselves new ways of being. Cicero noted: ‘It is a great thing to know our vices.’ Some habits are more easily changed than others. After all, ‘we are what we repeatedly do,’ said Aristotle. Will you fail? Probably.
But ‘our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall,’ said Confucius.