Why I believe in setting new year’s goals #writing #amwriting

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!

12 thoughts on “Why I believe in setting new year’s goals #writing #amwriting

  1. I’ve been blogging, and writing for over seven years, and I’m finally having my first book published. It’s by no means a literary masterpiece, may not appeal to everyone, and took a long time to write, but it was fun to write, and I put everything I had into it. It might not even be a success, but it was worth it. No matter what happens, ten years from now, I can look over at my old bookcase, see my book prominently displayed, and smile. Keep writing and dreaming. I do, as much as possible. Thanks for a great post, take care, and have a wonderful 2018.

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  2. I haven’t been one for making New Years Resolutions or for setting new goals for a new year calendar year, but this year I’ve made a bit of an exception. I have four books scheduled to come out this coming year (a little crazy to push so many at once… perhaps…) and I set some goals for how to make this happen. I’ve also set some goals to help me continue my writing for the future. I had set goals last year, but unfortunately a health crisis caused some of them to collapse not far into the year.
    I hope and trust your goals come together well this year!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Shawn and sharing your goals! I don’t think it’s crazy publishing four books in a year, I think it’s wonderful 🙂 There are so many obstacles that can hamper writing goals, and yes I’ve experienced health issues myself and it’s so frustrating being both ill and knowing it’s getting in the way of your dream. You still made it happen and that’s worth celebrating 🎉. Happy 2018, and happy writing 🙂

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  3. I always feel a great surge of energy and excitement at the new year and love to set new goals. I think a lot of people dread them because they set wild and unreasonable goals instead of ones they can realistically accomplish.

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