Happy New Year!
As we’re flipping over the calendar to a fresh start—and be honest, you can make a fresh start at ANY moment, but January 1 just seems to make sense—I wanted to guide you in crafting goals for the new year that support your writing.
First off, let’s look at the difference between a goal and a resolution.
A resolution is a decision (often with feelings of extreme resolve) to do or not do something.
It’s things like:
- I WILL write every day for 2 hours.
- I WON’T spend time on Facebook.
- I WILL fold the laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer.
- I WON’T go to bed with the kitchen dirty.
- I WILL walk every day.
- I WON’T drink soda.
It’s the feeling of black and white of a resolution that give it all it’s power. For about a nanosecond until you break the will/won’t phrasing and then it’s easy to throw in the towel.
A goal is your aim or desired result. And no matter how much you’ve studied about HOW to set goals (concrete, measurable, specific, etc.) goals can often feel too big and by nature undoable.
Goals are usually phrased like:
- FINALLY write my book in 2019.
- Blog every week.
- Not let the house turn into a disaster.
- Get into shape.
Big ideas, right?
So how can we use the powerful differences between a goal and a resolution together to make 2019 the year where you do, actually, meet your writing dreams?
Let me say that again:
We’re going to USE the differences between a goal and a resolution to craft a solid plan.