Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

(c) Jessica Gale

(c) Jessica Gale

New year. New resolutions. New goals. New dreams. New commitments. New you. New me. At the flip of the calendar from December to January, everyone tries to reinvent themselves. New annual goals and measures are defined to be attained in the coming year. It’s a rather good practice for one to expand upon their life experiences and to plan for growth. However, within a few short weeks, most plans are derailed and the focus is lost on the “New Year’s Resolution”.

How does one stay on track and keep moving closer to established goals? For starters, set a realistic goal that can be achieved within a set time frame. Let me restate that — set a REALISTIC goal. Yes, I am all for dreaming big, but you are starting out the year new and fresh. Begin with something small that is easily achievable. Focus working on that initial small goal. Once obtained, set your next goal, a little bigger this time, and progress to reach that one.  Establish larger goals with each smaller one that is achieved. This process will help you keep focused without feeling like you have taken on more than you can chew.

Not only should you set realistic goals, but you should be realistic in your expectations. Again – dream, dream, dream, but remember to ground yourself every now and then. If you don’t, you are setting yourself up for heartbreak if you fail. And you know what? There is a good chance that you will fail at some point. We all will. We are human. This is life. Think about what constitutes real life experience. Would life be that enjoyable if we got everything we wanted when we wanted it? The thrill would be taken out of everything we do should all of our desires come to hand with a snap of a finger. You have to work hard, you have to fail, you have to get back on your feet, you have to continue on. To you writers out there who are wallpapering your walls with rejection letters, keep going! Don’t let rejection be a deterrent. Rejection is quintessential in the reality of publication. A rejection means that the publisher at that moment in time was not meant for you. If you stop submitting now, that’s a surefire way to never have any of your work accepted and you’ll be left sitting around with an unpublished manuscript. By submitting, you are getting your name out there. People are noticing you. Don’t ever give up! Your day is coming and you will shine like the sun!

Keep pushing yourself and don’t expect instant gratification. Life is a long road. If you receive everything that you want as soon as you wanted it, the experience in achievement will be lost. You won’t really honor the goal that you attained because you didn’t have to go through the trials to get to it.

Goals are meant to make us work, worry, stress, cry, and scream. But goals are also meant to make us grow, dream, smile, and be happy. Resolutions are the best ways to start with a fresh dream. In this new year of 2016, kick off your plan to achieving your dreams. Stay motivated and keep focus. This is your year!

I have my 2016 writing resolution, do you have yours? If so, comment below.