Get Your New Year On!

I’m so excited! Know what you’re getting? (I’m getting one, too!)

Hints: It’s big. It’s full. You can do anything you want with it. And you get to open it tonight.

Give up?

It’s a Brand New Year!

I’m kind of weird about it, but I love starting the new year. Having 365 days I can fill any way I want is exciting.

I know, so many things in our lives feel as if they’re set in stone. But if you don’t like it, YOU are the only one who can change it. And this (now!) is absolutely the time to start that change.

It isn’t easy, but if you stop to think about it, it’s absolutely worth all the trouble it causes. So, how do you go about changing something?

  1. Decide what you want to change. (It’s best for me not to be too specific or too general, but you must do it the way that works for you.)
  2. Research ways to make that change and decide on your best course. (Be flexible enough so if one way doesn’t work out, you can try another.)
  3. Talk about it as you go so you don’t shock the people around you too much.
  4. Write it down. (I’m big on goal setting.)
  5. Post it to your vision board.

I’ll do this in several areas of my life: Spiritual, Health, Home, Writing, Personal Relationships.

Want an example? Okay, I want to lose weight this year. (Health)

  • Decide approximately how much I want to lose.
  • Research weight loss programs. (I’m hoping to find a Christian based program, but I might decide on Weight Watchers.)
  • Research ways to circumvent problems. (When I’m hungry between meals, what can I eat that’s not a Plan Wrecker? What can I keep for Mindless Munching that’s not a PW?)
  • Research exercise plans. (Best ones for burning calories!)
  • Resolve that no matter what the celebration or what anyone else has cooked what’s going on in my world, I’m going to stick with my plan.

This is hard for me, because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling if I don’t eat their goodies. And I feel as if I’m no fun to be around if I don’t eat like everyone else. 😦

  • Tell the people around me what I’m doing. (Reserve the right to whack the back of the head if someone answers, “good, you need to.”)
  • Stay away from people I know will try to sabotage me, no matter how much fun they are.
  • Write down my objective and strategic plan so I can’t fool myself or change my mind.
  • Post a picture to my vision board. Either an old picture of me before weight gain or a picture of someone else who looks the way I want to.

What’s a vision board? Whatever you want it to be. Mine is a poster board with pictures or a couple of words about my goals. The trick is to hang it where you’ll see it every day. Then remember to look at it, so when you get back to your everyday grind, your goals won’t slip your mind.

I have a feeling mine’s going to be pretty full this year. 🙂

Question: Do you make resolutions or set goals for the New Year? Will you share one or two?

4 thoughts on “Get Your New Year On!

  1. You’re so organized, Susan. Love your list of examples. I gave up resolutions a long time ago. Goals? That’s another matter. Not sure what I’ll do, but I definitely need to set some. You know the old saying, ‘Plan your work and Work your plan.’ Sooo much easier said than done!

    Hmm. I think some of my goals might include:
    – Do everything timely on my end to get my book out as soon as possible
    – Swallow my fear about book signings, go to the stores/establishments & put my game face on for the managers & get dates set
    – Finish polishing requested story for Harlequin
    – Plot and write new story before year end

    Is this enough for you? I think I’ve got some more. Guess I need to write these down and get them posted in my office to keep me on track, huh?

  2. I’m going to keep the goals I made last year since I still haven’t completed them. I’m also focusing more on monthly goals since I seem to do them better. One thing I’ve decided…every month, I WILL submit for critique, even if it’s only a page!

  3. Susan, Thank you for your wonderful post. I like vision boards. I am trying to write out plot lines etc. to improve my writing.
    Can’t wait to meet Lorenda who uses a spreadsheet in a meaningful way.
    One goal which I made for this year is to submit more often for critique. Because I am such a newbie, the critique group gives me enough freeback that I usually take an online class or read a book or two to improve on a weak area. So, I feel I need to gird up that weak area before throwing out more dribble. I’m getting better at POV so maybe this is my year to get out ahead.

    Success to those who join us at RWI, praise for our pubbed authors, and joy in the small successes of our group. Our loses this year were heavy and while they are irreplaceable, new faces will come into the group and offer us the wonders their minds and hearts create. To 2012, may we all publish the book of our hearts and heads.

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