It’s that time when we’re almost ready to bid “Adiós” to 2013; time to make resolutions for the new year. But before you start thinking about 2014, think back to the resolutions and goals you set out for 2013. You know, the ones you promised yourself, your partner while you were having a blast at that New Year’s Eve party? Did you achieve those goals/resolutions? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t, but can you at least remember what they were?
As you are reading this post, I’m reflecting on the goals I set out and whether I achieved them. And they are as follows:
- Read at least 4 novels: Achieved
- Attend Romance Writers of America Conference: Achieved
- Finish Novel: Failed
- Network with new writers and at least one editor: Achieved
- Finish short story: Failed
- Find a job teaching English in Spain: Failed
As you can see, I achieved 50% of my goals for 2013. I guess that’s not so bad, but I feel guilty over the ones I failed at, most notably finishing my novel. I thought I could do it, but I got promoted at work, which took away precious leisure time. Also some unforseen circumstances came into the picture, but nonetheless – I didn’t finish writing my novel!
Still, I am proud of the goals that I did achieve. And so should you! Think about the goals that you wanted to achieve because we should stop to take a look at the things we have done, rather than anticipate tomorrow. I posted a quote on Facebook recently: “Every moment we spend worrying about tomorrow is a moment we waste enjoying today.”
Here’s a couple of things you can do so you can keep track of the goals you want to achieve in the new year:
- Write your goals down on paper, don’t just say them out loud.
- After you identify your goals/resolutions, determine what tasks you need to do in order to achieve them.
- Put your goals in the order you want to achieve them. What is the most important one to you? What will happen if you don’t succeed?
- Before making a goal or resolution, ask yourself this: Can I actually keep this resolution? Can I achieve this goal, or am I just saying it to make myself feel good? Make resolutions and set goals YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO!
So thank you 2013. It’s been a wonderful year and may 2014 bring you all everything you want!