I don’t do New Year’s resolutions anymore. I just can’t deal with the pressure.
Of course, I do review old goals and set new ones. At the beginning of 2015, I wanted to spend more time writing up some fiction stories I had living in my head and using my skills to help others.
I did some of that (not as much as I wanted; it’s never enough, really), but life never follows a plan. It took me many years to realize that, and even more years to get used to the idea that it is really a good thing!
When it comes to setting goals, you may think I cheat a little. It was not too many years ago that I would write on January 1, “I will lose 20 pounds by Memorial Day,” or “I will write a novel by Thanksgiving.”
Oh, I still write my goals down. That’s one of the best ideas I ever tripped across. However, the nature of the goals has changed. They’re more like mini-goals.
Now it’s, “I’ll only eat sweets once or twice a week,” or “I’ll spend an hour a week writing fiction.”
This means I have a much longer list of goals since all these mini-goals eventually add up to major accomplishments. That also means I get to celebrate more successes.
The great thing about setting mini-goals instead of huge resolutions is they are easier to adapt to the curves life is forever throwing at me.
So, ditch the resolutions and opt for written mini-goals. If you do, I foresee many successes for you in 2016.