I’ve thought long and hard about this resolution of mine, and the more I think on it, the more I like it. It assures that I don’t set unrealistic goals and forces me to be accountable for completing them. I’m certain I won’t share all of my goals publicly (after all, some things must surely stay private), but I will share what I can.
To that end, I’ve set two goals which are both long and short term and we’ve also set one as a family. First, I’m vowing to set aside time write something–anything–each and every day. It might be as short as a paragraph or as long as a short story. It might even just be a blog post or a paper for seminary classes. If writer’s block should strike, well then I will just write a stream of consciousness for about 5 minutes. It may not make much sense, but it will be writing.
Secondly, I will finish every book I start in 2012. This may not seem like a big deal, but since having my son, I’ve neglected both my writing and my pleasure reading. I seem to get interested in some other book and forget to finish the one I started. To contribute to helping me follow through with this goal, I will do two things: set aside time each day to read (before the time I set aside to write, perhaps) and then post (here, probably) about what books I’m reading and have finished. The time I set aside may only be 10 minutes before I fall asleep at night. Still, ten minutes every night adds up. What am I reading now? A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Ideally, I would like to have this book finished before Valentine’s Day when my favorite author, Anne Rice, releases her next book, a return to the supernatural realm and to horror novels in particular with The Wolf Gift. It will be auto delivered to my Kindle on February 14th and I know I will want to begin reading it right away.
Our family goal is to have one PT day a week. This goal begins tomorrow with “Family PT Saturday.” This was my husband’s idea when he noticed the toll that little to no exercise (since our move to Germany) had been taking on my illness. It’s a brilliant idea, I think, and also one that will strengthen us even more as a family unit–something that’s always important. We’re starting with just a half hour given my current physical state. Wish me luck!
So that, as they say, is that. The beginning of my resolve to be resolute resolutions. Three goals set before the new year has even arrived.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog
What goals do you have for the New Year?