Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation

How Decisive Action Can Change Your Year (Like It Did Mine)

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?

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.


  • J.P. Choquette

    Loooooove this post, Karen. Congrats, first of all, for all these accomplishments last year. Inspiring to read about.

    My decisions made at the end of 2014 are influencing my actions in 2015. Business-wise I am excited to launch new writing classes online as well as release my first nonfiction book. And I’m looking forward to coaching 1st time authors 1:1 as well as publishing my 4th novel.

    Personally, we are saving for a “big trip” this year–not sure where our frugality will take us but as long as it requires a plane to get there, I’m game! Thanks again for the great post.

      • J.P. Choquette

        Thanks–we’ve been really working on our finances/budget for the past two years (finally with a PLAN in place!) and I just want to keep that momentum going. It’s awesome to know that even though we have done things very imperfectly (i.e. not living on beans/rice or giving up cable) we’ve made so much progress. Exciting!

  • JJ Phillips

    I challenged myself to sell my writing this year. I’d spent a lot of my time writing for free and I was ready to earn something for my hard work. I am proud to say I have my first erotic romance novella for sale and another e-book on its way! Thanks for the inspiration to get off the couch and get moving. Here’s to a great year!