It’s been nearly four years now since I started blogging, and exactly four years since I set myself a goal to write a book. With this anniversary in mind, I thought I would share my own reason why I believe in setting new year’s goals. I still have a long way to go in my writing journey, but every year spent working toward my writing dream is a year well spent.
I just wished I had started working toward it sooner 🙂
You don’t have to set a goal on the 1st January, whenever you set that goal is the right time. But sometimes a new year provides an opportunity for us to assess where we are and where we want to be.
It can also be the catalyst for us to embrace change, set a new direction, and follow our dreams.
If you have read my about page, some of this will be familiar…
Why I believe in setting New Year’s goals…
I have never been one for new years resolutions, for making plans, or setting goals, or any of those things that most people do every year on the 1st January.
I don’t do diets – too boring.
I don’t want to run a marathon – too hard, jump out of a plane – too scary, or to ‘find myself’ in Tibet.
I have always been at heart a bit of a drifter, and a lot of a procrastinator, and yet at the same time I have never let go of my dream to publish a book.
I spend anywhere up to 20 hours a week working toward this dream and have done so for nearly 20 years. For far too many of those years I never actually committed to converting that dream into a reality…I am the living embodiment of George McFly out of back to the future.
On 1st January 2013, I watched the ball drop in Times Square, and like every other year I never set myself a goal.
The 1st January 2014 was a little quieter, and I had a little more time to reflect. This time, everything changed because I set myself a goal – just one – to publish a book.
It took me a lot longer to get there than I ever expected, but I’m always going to look back on that day and be thankful and grateful that I changed my mindset.
Happy reading and writing and dream chasing in 2018!