According to researchers, the concept of the New Year’s Resolution began during pre-Christian times by the Babylonians and the Romans. January takes its name from Janus, the two-faced god of gateways and new beginnings, who is said to look back onto past years and into the future at the same time, and many Romans used this date to seek forgiveness for past transgressions and a clean slate for the new year. Initially, resolutions were made simply out of a moral attitude to be good to others. With the advent of Christianity, resolutions took on a more religious flavor. Today, it can be based on a combination of anything – moral, religious, health, happiness, contribution, success, you name it.
That said, there’s a reason this post only got written today. The truth is I haven’t really thought through my resolutions for the year, even though there’s a truck-load of stuff that I want to accomplish. I’m hoping for a great 2012. But then again, who isn’t? I guess the true task is to narrow all those things down into reachable and measurable goals. There won’t be any actual consequences if I don’t complete my resolutions – I just don’t operate like that (extra pressure anyone?), but there will probably be a cost to me if I don’t complete them so I’m incented to achieve them.
So far, the year has started off with a bang. I signed with a fabulous new agent, my second novel GODDESS is out on submission to publishers, and I’m already working on a new Work In Progress. I want to keep that momentum going. But while that makes me ecstatic, true happiness doesn’t stem solely from professional success. For me, it includes many other things like family, health and relationships. I want to be well-rounded and fulfilled in all areas of my life.
I’m a fan of New Year’s resolutions because I use them to look back on things during the last year of my life and figure out what I want to change/accomplish/enhance in the coming year. Life is about growing and evolving into a better person, and these resolutions may help me to get there. At the end of the day, my resolutions are really just guidelines on how I can make my life better or how to achieve more quality of life, whether that’s professionally or personally. Either way, they are over-arching positive changes that I’d like to accomplish. Keep in mind that some of these may have been resolutions from previous years, so they’re more of an ongoing reminder.
Here are my top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012.
1) Spend more quality time with family and friends.
2) Focus on my writing career: publish a second book, write a new book, and continue to promote Bloodspell.
3) Get healthy: better diet and exercise.
4) Learn more about social networking, and connect with more like-minded people all over the world.
5) Help and mentor others.
6) Manage stress.
7) Be thankful for the opportunities that come my way, and work on sharing my gratitude to those who make my success possible.
That’s the tip of the iceberg, but these are the top seven. What are your resolutions for 2012?