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.