It’s January, so I’m starting over. My year is fresh and clean like a New England snow storm. Perhaps this is the year I’ll be a millionaire, or a size 4, or hit the NYT Best Seller List. Or maybe I’ll just make some great decisions.
This article from Writer’s Digest inspired me to think about how the accomplishment of goals. Sometimes resolutions, dreams or wishes are shape shifters and we’re not sure if they are real or imaginary. Goals like “to be a famous writer” is vague and frustrating and undefinable. How do we know we’ll achieve something in June if when can’t make up our mind what we want in January?
Decisive action is the only way to change.
When we look at our daily schedules we need to look at them as full of the tiniest decisions. The tiny decisions I made each day in 2014 paid off in a big way. I decided to not just sit on the couch with a remote. I decided not to read books that weren’t rich in literary nutrients. I decided to train my children to do a lot of chores and carry a lot of responsibility so that I can put my time elsewhere. If I slacked off, or if I was undecided, then I was setting my future up for failure or disappointment.
I’m pretty proud of the decisive actions I made in 2014. Some of these I didn’t plan for in January, I just found inspiration and jumped at the challenge.
I started a community around the idea of writing in 10 minute increments.
I designed new website and build it entirely myself even thought I had never done that before.
I wrote an average of 1000 words a day and by November 5, I had written 365,000.
I helped my children with all of their academic goals.
I prioritized my health. I exercised and ate right.
I designed a plan for future books — the drafting, revising, editing, publishing and marketing for each.
If you’ve never faced a new year with decisiveness and determination, I challenge you to do it for 2015.
Decide that you’re not going to slack off. Decide you are going to start good habits. Decide you’re going to use the time that you have before you. Decide that your desires are worth fighting for.
What are some of the decisions that you made? What steps are you taking to succeed so far?