A New Year “fresh with no mistakes.” I love that phrase by Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables when she talks about each day.
We have a brand new year ahead of us, now we have to decide what we are going to do with it. And what about those beastly resolutions?
Did you know that a study by the University of Bristol in 2007 shows that 88% of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions? Wow, that is not exactly a powerful endorsement.
One thing we do learn from this study is how important community is for those who meet their goals. When we have finished setting our resolutions or goals, grab a buddy and encourage each other to reach that goal this year.
Writing Resolutions for Writers can be divided into two components, the big picture and the symptoms of success.
A friend gave me this first idea a few year’s back and I’d like to share it with you. Author Beth K. Vogt Skills Coach at My Book Therapy told me that she picks one word to represent her goals for the year.
This word will frame everything that you want to accomplish. Seem impossible? Think more general. Words like dream, hope, excellence, etc.
If you struggle to find this word, start by writing down some of your goals and then find a word that could frame them. Last year my word was believe. I bought a Christmas ornament with that word and purposed my goals to mesh with that word.
My word this year is balance. Balance in faith, family, health, and career. All of my goals come out of this word. When I look at success, I will be assessing if I’ve achieved more balance in my life.
Writing Resolutions for Writer’s Part 1:
Now it’s your turn to start writing your resolutions. We will dig deeper in part two, but for now complete the following steps:
1. Pick a word to frame your year. What do you feel will boost your success this year? That is what you want this word to focus on.
2. Pick a verse or quote that embodies this word. There are going to be times when you get discouraged and fight forward progress with this word. Find a verse, or a quote, or both to post to help you when you are discouraged.
3. Pick some categories in your life that you want this word to impact. Remember these are still more general. Try to keep this to four or five categories, or you will get overwhelmed before you even start. Write down the word and categories. Be thinking about them the next day or so.
4. Pick a buddy. Pick a friend who you can share your goal with and encourage one another this year.