The start of a new year and the resolutions for many has begun.
I’ve have only set one resolution for myself year after year and that was to quit smoking. I accomplished that resolution in 2013.
I find myself wondering if I should set a new resolution. I have thought about it and am still unsure if I should.
Why do we set resolutions?
Most of the resolutions that I read about are all selfish ones. Get in better health. Quit smoking/drinking. Spend more time with family, less time working.
Why is it that you never hear volunteer at a soup kitchen, start up a non-profit for under privilege children, join a foundation to help with the environment?
So here is my resolution for 2014: Make enough money to have the time to give hope.
In order to do this, I have to obtain clients.
On January 13th, I plan to have my free report, about page, and action plan completed.
The reason I think so many people fail at their resolutions, is that they do not have a comprehensive plan set. Most just think, I’ll eat better, go to the gym and I will get into better health. Not realizing dedication and organization are the key.
A plan not thought out, is a fool proof way to not achieve these goals. Most get lost in the translation.
This happens in writing as well. I have a schedule for my writing. Certain days I focus on different aspects of my career. It is all in my calendar.
The best thing about my calendar is that it allows me to change it up. There is one thing I need to accomplish for a day. Write 1,000 words or more a day.
When I do this, the rest of my day is completed. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, it is.
If I don’t run, I start to feel sluggish. The same happens if I don’t write my set goal of words a day. Although, I don’t feel sluggish. I feel as if something is amiss.
When this happens, I open a blank page and start to write. Like running, this helps clear my head.
I have been absent from my blog for a few days. This was done on purpose. Every time I logged in and hit New Post, I felt no need to write. I knew I should have written something, but I opted out of it. I wanted to give my mind a few days to rejuvenate.
I still wrote in my journal, dream log, and worked on projects for work, I just didn’t feel the need to blog.
Here is another error most make in their resolutions. A few days of inactivity and they give up. There is nothing wrong with taking a few days to yourself. It is no more selfish than most of the resolutions we set for ourselves anyway.
There were a few times last year I had a cigarette. Did this mean that I had given up on quitting. Absolutely not. It just meant I took a small step in a different direction than I wanted.
If we make no mistakes, we will not learn. This is why I did not beat myself up when I relapsed. I told myself, “Thats fine, you had one cigarette. It doesn’t mean you are smoking again.”
This attitude kept my resolve strong and I moved on. The same with my writing. If I don’t finish some goal I set for myself to improve, I don’t worry about it. I forgive myself.
Don’t beat yourself up if you relapse from time to time. Its human nature. We are not perfect beings by any means. We are adaptable creatures.
Happy writing everyone.