I read somewhere once that having New Year’s resolutions is a negative message we send to our brains. Most resolutions fail, for whatever reason, so it’s better to establish your hopeful accomplishments in some other manner. Okay, I’m game. Why not?
By this time next year, where will you be? I think by stating your objectives this way reaching goals seems more doable. You have the whole year and if you have a few false starts, so what? You’ve got plenty of time to fix it and start a new. That seems more positive and with way less pressure, don’t you agree?
But how do we make 2014 the best year ever? (I know, I’ve got lofty goals. Ask my first grade teacher, my critique partners, and my mother. But not necessarily in that order.) Start with writing down your goals and show them to someone. By sharing our desires makes us more accountable, so if you don’t want to go to the gym, then don’t write that one down. If you think your parenting skills are the best they can ever be then leave off, be a better mother. And if that’s not on your list, then God bless and please tell me how to do it. And if you don’t have anyone to share your goals for 2014 with, then share them with us. We promise, no judgement. (Unless it’s illegal. Then I can’t promise.)
I hear rewarding yourself for reaching small goals on the way to the big one is a very effective tactic for staying on point. I don’t do a very good job of acknowledging my accomplishments. Bad habit. I think I’ll put celebrate accomplishments on my list for where do I want to be this time next year.
If you read my tips for writers, I’m a big believer in just doing it. You can talk about it all you want, but the proof is in the doing. This is one area where I’m the least warm and fuzzy and I’m a pretty big moosh. Who else cries at a Verizon Wireless commercial? If you want to accomplish something, then do it. One baby step at a time. And before you know it, it will be December 31, 2014 and all your goals will be checked off that list.
Good luck, Reader. I believe in you.