When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I usually resist making any. That’s because I hate the angst that follows when my resolution is inevitably broken. And yet, here I find myself compelled to write this post.
Part of the reason I’m posting today is because of a blog post that was written by Ashley Ludwig (here). Since this year is shaping up to be a doozy, I can’t get that post out of my mind. That leads me to believe that maybe this year is a good one to make a plan. But I want to make sure to note that I am doing so with reluctance. I guess you could say this is my anti-resolution resolution.
For me, 2014 brought so many changes, I felt like my entire year was one knee-jerk reaction after another. I am determined to not let that happen this year. (Otherwise, I’m probably going to have a few medical conditions to deal with!) One way to stay ahead of things is to get more sleep. Sigh. That will not be easy for this night owl but it’s necessary if I want have the presence of mind to think clearly.
I also need to focus on staying in the Word. I’ve noticed that when I get my morning quiet time and Bible readings, my day tends to go much more smoothly.
Thirdly, I need to have a master plan. I found a little free ebook by Michael Hyatt to be very useful in making a plan that will cover what I need to accomplish this year by breaking it down into smaller goals. I’m not sure my plan is quite as definitive as I would like it to be as I head into January, but let’s just say it’s a work in progress. At least it’s a start, right? (You can find Michael Hyatt’s free ebook here.)
Fourth is to keep an accomplishment journal that I can look back on as I go along to reassure myself that I really am moving forward, no matter what my mind is telling me. This will not be a major soul-baring record. Just a list of things I did right.
Those are the important nonnegotiable components that I need to have in my life this year. After that come a few smaller but still important goals. These are the things that I enjoy — things I need to do to keep a smile on my face:
- Work through the edits for my latest fantasy novel (The Lightstone of Perlan) and publish it.
- I also want to at least write the rough draft of Death’s Hero, Book 2 in the same series. That should be totally doable, even if it comes down to writing even just one page a day.
- In preparation of my pending book launch(es), I’m aiming to write one blog post a week. But if I miss one, I’m not going to beat myself up. Instead, it will be time to shift focus to the next one and then make sure it happens. Also as part of a new focus on marketing myself as an author, I plan to build my email list. More on that later.
- Throw in a few renovations on the house, and that’s pretty much it.
I think that’s more than enough to shoot for this year. Make the plan and work it. Stay hungry and keep reaching. All mantras to keep in mind this year.
In closing, I want to repeat something here that I saw last week. I loved it so much that I clipped it out and saved it in my phone’s photo gallery.
-Take more risks
-Make more mistakes
-Try again smarter
Not bad advice. Not bad at all.
What about you? How are you approaching this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts. After all, we’re all in this together. Let’s do it! Time to make things happen.