If you made or are making a New Year’s Resolution, you are part of a tradition dating back to the ancient Romans. In fact, the God of the new year, Janus, is where the word January comes from. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking forward, one looking backward.
I don’t recommend looking backward. Forward is where the fun is. Many years ago after tons of typical New Year’s resolutions that ended up being forgotten by February, I made one great one: have more fun. Best resolution ever. So good, it was my one and only for a decade. I began to measure everything by the amount of fun I was having, and believe me, that is a scale you want to tip in your favor.
Then, year before last I resolved to do a backflip. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. I’d never done one. But I just put the energy out there and let the universe rip. By March I’d done 2 backflips while ziplining with my Montana family in Big Sky.
And by June I was backflipping my way through trapeze class with Super G.
So what if I was harnessed in securely both times? One of the great things about making a broad resolution is that you get to decide if you’ve accomplished it. I felt like I’d back flipped beyond my wildest imagination.
On the flipside, I decided I hadn’t accomplished my 2011 goal of seeing an owl even though I got multiple owl related cards and gifts for Christmas. As much as I love my budding owl art collection, I wanted to see a real live owl in the wild. I visited all the owl hotspots, too, but it wasn’t my year, so I’m taking a do over in 2012.
I hope you’ll consider treating yourself to a fun resolution in 2012. Leave all the measurable goals on the spreadsheet where they belong and just have more fun than you did last year. That should be very easy to accomplish, right?