Setting Yourself Up for Success

Last week I talked about New Year’s resolutions, goals and quests. By now we’ve all had a chance to think about our resolutions. I talked to my friends and read your comments. Losing weight and exercising seems to be high on everyone’s list (including mine!). But other popular goals are to spend more time with family, plan a budget, get out of debt, or learn something new. Sounds reasonable doesn’t it? But how do we achieve these goals?

According to Wikipedia, research shows that while 52% of us are confident in our success, but only 12% actually achieve their goals. Not an encouraging statistic. In fact, 78% of those who set resolutions fail miserably. But some do stick to their guns and succeed and you can, too! How? It seems the key is to set specific goals with deadlines. Instead of saying I will lose weight, be specific, commit to losing a pound a week. That’s not unlike writing. Successful writers set goals all the time. They commit to write a certain number of words or pages each day or week.

I try to write ten pages a day. No, I don’t always achieve it, and I’m usually happy with seven. However, more important than my output is that I always show up to work. If I’m at my desk, I give myself credit for working. I guess the reason is because a writer’s job includes a lot of brainstorming time. While I stare at my computer, I might not be typing, but I’m listening to what my characters are telling me. I hear bits and pieces of dialogue that I know will come out in the story. Or I sometimes suddenly think of new twist to add to a scene I just wrote.

So this year, to help me stay on top of those resolutions, I’ll be spending a lot of time in my office. Another thing I’m going to do is create a plan and write it down. A resolution without a plan is just wishful thinking. Having the support of others helps, too. Kylie couldn’t possibly continue on her quest to discover what she is without the support of her best buds, Miranda and Della. Perhaps a friend of yours has the same resolution, and you can encourage each other. I have several writing friends that I can call who will help inspire me. Do you have a friend who you can call for support?

As we all strive to meet our goals, let’s remember that we can’t make big changes in a day. We have to think long term. Create a series of small steps we can achieve throughout the year to finally reach our goals. I know you can do it, and I’ll be right here cheering you on!

So do you have a goal you’d like to share here today? Come on, share a little.

Good luck!

5 thoughts on “Setting Yourself Up for Success

  1. Like I said in the last post I want to get back on track with my weight loss. My plan is to continue to see my nutrionist and to keep up with my food journal. Luckily, I have my husband for my support system. Good luck to you and your goals for the year.

  2. Mine is also to get behind my writing desk more often. I have trouble sitting down to write, but I love to write. Once I get started, I can keep going but I have trouble getting started. Not only that but I want to grow my blog more and actually interact with the publishers. I haven’t so far because although I’ve been blogging for nearly a year, I wanted to prove myself as a blogger with the whole entitled-blogger issue going around. I also want to be more social with people in person and become comfortable in public. Great post!

  3. I am trying to write my first book. It seems like I lose my ambition or something but I never finish my stories. The idea about writing so much per day is a good idea. I think I will star with five pages a day though. Lol.

  4. Like most my plan is to lose weight, in fact I’m gonna start walking a few miles with one of my friends tomorrow. My conundrum is the fact that I’m a studying to be a chef and its quite hard when you follow your diet at home and then get to school and have to fry something, taste everything and then eat it as well. Plus as it wasn’t enough the pastry class comes in with a chocolate cake, and how dare I refused to eat it, that would be the worst sin, to pass on chocolate cake ^_^ My second resolution would be to this year read at least 200 books. Last year I read 100, although to me it doesn’t seem like much since im such a busy girl with all the sleeping and watching t.v. that i do lol ;D

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