Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Not-Resolutions

Welcome to 2014!

In my last post, I said I still needed to come up with my New Years resolutions. I'll admit that I struggled with it. I now see that there's a reason why I've failed to set resolutions. Each year, millions of resolutions are made all over the world. I would hazard a guess that a significant portion of these are broken even before the end of the first week of January. Why? Because they're inflexible.

So instead of resolutions, I'm going to make goals. What's the difference?

Goal: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something

The difference is subtle, but I intend to set goals to achieve rather than limiting myself to only doing one thing or not doing something else.

So what are my goals for 2014?

  • Finish/polish the remaining three novels in my series to the point where they can be sent to my publishers for consideration. 
  • Finish my next stand-alone novel and have it to the query stage. 
  • Write. Write. Write some more. 
  • Plan the next overseas trip for the family.  

I have my own personal timeline for when I would like to achieve all of these goals by and it's not necessarily the end of 2014 but they're the first of my goals to achieve for this year. The beauty of goals is once these ones have been met, I can set new ones. If something else comes up that is more important, goals can be amended to fit life and for that reason they're more likely to be achieved. Unlike resolutions which are simply do or do not.

I'm interested to know, have you set a New Year's resolution(s)? Or are you like me and have set goals instead?

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