We are officially one week into the new year, so perhaps now is as good a time as any to get serious about some resolutions. Or, better yet, goals.
Typically I shun the idea of resolutions – you either have goals for yourself in life, or you don’t. And those who have goals generally don’t call them New Year’s Resolutions because, as Jackson Pearce points out in her latest video, resolutions are meant to be broken. There’s no real social penalty for breaking a resolution because people expect that you’ll break them – people expect you to FAIL when you call something a resolution. And most people tend to fail the second they declare their resolutions…
So instead, I call them goals. When you set a goal, people don’t expect you to fail, they expect you to succeed, or at least hope that you’ll succeed. If you call something a goal, people will cheer you on in your pursuit (unless you surround yourself with mean people who constantly “boo” your every endeavor, in which case you might consider “finding supportive friends” a new goal for yourself). And when you finally achieve your goal, the victory is that much sweeter. (Seriously, who ever celebrates when you do keep a New Year’s Resolution? Most of the time they look at you kinda dumb-founded, blink a few times, and mumble “oh…that’s cool…”)
With that in mind, I like to use a new year as a chance for me to reevaluate the goals I’ve already set for myself, and perhaps set a few new ones. For example, last year, one of my goals was to publish something before I was 25, and this last November I accomplished that – my short story “The Escape” was published in Buzz Books’ Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology. So what’s my newly revamped goal in its place? To publish something again, naturally. 🙂
So, without further ado, I give you my goals for 2012 and beyond:
- Get a full-time job (because the glamorous life of a writer doesn’t pay all too well until you’ve got a large number of books to your name).
- WRITE! As much as possible! Stories, journals, blog entries…anything – but preferably stuff that will further my writing skills and keep me on the path to…
- Publish a novel (or multiple novels) before I’m 30, which should naturally include…
- Finishing a first draft of a novel (and maybe a second, third, or fourth draft) by the end of this year.
- Submit completed short stories to writing contests/literary magazines.
- Explore video blogging.
- Devote more time to blogging – aim for one entry each week (at least).
- Make time for friends.
- Enroll in some group fitness classes. (If I’m going to be doing so much sitting in front of a computer, I probably should make sure my muscles won’t atrophy.)
- Read more (because it’s a serious problem when unread books sit on my bookshelf taunting me for months).
So there you have it. Now I’ve shared some of my goals, what goals have you set for yourself? Share some of yours in the comments!