Like our Tuesday Fox, Jillian, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in them. My philosophy has always been why wait until the beginning of the year to decide to do something I need to do anyway?
It’s all about setting reasonable goals. Sure, I have the great big goals like landing a twelve-book deal with one of the big six, winning the Nobel Prize for Romance (which doesn’t exist), and making more money than Bill Gates, but those are long-term goals *cough* Short-term goals are much easier to manage and are endlessly more gratifying.
Some of the goals I have set up for this year are in my control while some are not. Here’s my list of 2012 goals:
1. Finish at least three books (this is entirely in my control)
2. Lose weight (notice I don’t say how much because every pound counts)
3. Get at least one book published this year (not in my control, but not impossible)
4. Attend at least three conferences (I’m already registered for two so this goal is almost complete)
5. Start Christmas shopping early
A lot of my goals have limits set. “At least” tells me I need to do no less than that, but more if I can. These are things I can control in one way or another. These are attainable goals. These are things I want to do throughout the year. I have even shorter-term goals that I won’t mention here, but those are ones I handle as they come to mind.
I’m all about instant gratification. Hell, who isn’t? That’s why I don’t set impossible goals for myself. That’s what always got me about resolutions; they always seem so unattainable, like resolving to climb Mount Everest when you’ve only ever seen a hill.
Happy New Year and good luck with your goals!