Do you make New Year’s resolutions? In my long ago past I made fleeting attempts to declare a resolution at the beginning of the year. Usually before we were out of the winter months, my resolve was gone, my goal was unmet. And then two years ago I decided if I was to have any success at all as a writer, I needed to set some baby step goals to that end. It was wonderful to enjoy my success as I attained these objectives. As I delve deeper into the world of writing, I can see the advantage of declaring goals as the New Year begins, to be vocal about my aspirations.
Here are some guidelines I’m using this year as I set my goals:
- I will write down my goals, rather than keep them in my head. I will put my list in a visible spot where I can read it often.
- Making my resolution known to someone else will make me accountable and will give me motivation to succeed.
- It is not enough to state my decision, but how I declare it is essential to the realization of that goal. I will word my resolution in goal setting form, rather than make a vague statement (for example – I will lose five pounds each month, instead of I will lose weight).
So now, I give you my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Strive to write daily
- Take the comments from contest judges and conquer at least one problem area of my writing
- Read more books (fiction and craft books)
- Read at least one book in a genre I don’t know
- Attend one major conference, my RWA chapter conference, and at least one author/reader luncheon this year
What are your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions?