It’s New Year’s Eve in Australia, and all through the land, people are making grandiose declarations, commonly known as New Year’s Resolutions.
“I’ll go on a diet and lose 30kg. I’ll never drink calorie-laden fizzy drinks again”;
“I’ll read a book a day, every day”;
“I will never eat ice-cream or chocolate again”;
“Instead of coffee or tea, I will drink water only”;
“I will go to the gym five times a week”.
And on it goes. Sadly, we are just setting ourselves up to fail when we make such sweeping resolutions. (Very important note: I am not talking here about when people are addicted to a harmful substance and they need to give it up forever—that’s a whole different story).
So, instead of making ridiculously unattainable goals, make a tiny change or goal you can stick to. Mine are going to be:
1. Try to read more books than last year;
2. Try to cut out unnecessary foods/beverages and lose 5kg during the year;
3. Exercise more. Instead of a daily 15 minute walk, try to extend it to 30 minutes a couple of times a week.
Writing-wise, I have only one main goal, and that is:
1. Finish the draft of the novel I’m working on now.
Of course, I have other goals each week, month, year. But those are the main ones, the ones I want to concentrate on. I suffer from a lack of focus in that I’m often trying to do too many things at the same time, and I end up finishing none of them.
So happy New Year, everyone, and we’ll meet again in 2014.
Happy New Year, Caron. I like the way you conceive of resolutions and changes you want to make. Your ideas are realistic and healthy I think. I wish you all the best for 2014!
Thanks, Margot, all the best to you, too. May our 2014 writing year be productive and enjoyable.
It certainly sounds like a more practical approach. In my case, it’s what I ‘don’t’ want to change that’s more important to me.
It’s a great idea to decide what you don’t want to change. I’ll have to think on that, too.
You’re so right. Your resolutions really do seem doable, so I am looking forward to reading about your success. Hapoy New Year Caron! Hope 2014 is a great year.
Yes, happy New Year to you too, Fransi.
I agree! I tend to set broad goals and then refine them as time goes on, rather than setting all-or-nothing goals which seem to be destined to disappoint.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, book-filled 2014!
And the same to you!