First, the winner of the book giveaway is Elise! Congratulation! Elise, I will email you and ask you which book you would prefer and get it to you asap!
Now I fancy myself a very goal oriented person and I usually reach the goals I set. Yes, I’m tooting my own horn, but I’m a good goal-maker and reacher, so you want to listen to me.
1. Less is more. The biggest mistake I see most people making when setting resolutions is making a mile long list of all the things they want to change and do better, thus setting themselves up for failure right from the get-go. Slow down. Pick between 1 and 4 (seriously no more than four) things depending on the focus and time each goal will take. If one of your goals will take daily focus and strain, maybe add one or two that are less time-consuming or stressful. Or one goal is just fine too.
2. Write them down. Can you even remember the goals you made last year? We humans are forgetful creatures, easily distracted. Oh my, is that chocolate sitting on my desk? Even when we feel passionate about something, it’s amazing how quickly it can slip our mind. Write down your goals in
text and stick it on your fridge or mirror or some place where you will see it on a regular basis.
3. Set goals within your sphere of influence. “I will get a publishing contract this year” is not a great goal, because there are so many factors outside your control (unless you decide to self-publish.) Instead, set a goal to submit to 10 agents or publishers, or to attend a writers conference and get some feedback on your current WIP.