This time of year, therefore, makes me almost giddy! There was a list for my holiday baking, a list for Christmas presents, a list for the grocery store, and my weekly to-do list. And, of course, a list for both 2013 and 2014.
Yes, I have lists for the year. Some might call them resolutions. I prefer the word goals. Hey, we all know that resolutions get broken. Goals, however, can be attainable if written correctly. Resolutions are often lofty ideals (i.e. “I wanna be skinny”). Goals are smaller and more manageable (i.e. “I want to exercise for 20 minutes, three times a week”).
Are they really the same thing? Of course. I know that. Yet, calling my yearly list goals seems to work better for me than calling them resolutions. Besides, I’m a writer. Words matter.
For instance, if I fall short of a goal, I’m okay with reevaluating and trying again. If I break a resolution, it’s already broken…what’s the point of fixing it?
So, as 2013 draws to a close, I can reflect on the goals I made this year. Of my writing-specific ones, I kept some, and missed some. The ones I missed will be added to my 2014 goals and some new ones will take the place of the goals I’ve accomplished. And not just my writing goals, but my knitting goals, my self-improvement goals, my personal and professional goals.
What about you? Do you make resolutions? Or do have goals for the new year? And what’s your personal track record for keeping them?
Whatever the answers, I do want to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.
Nichole R. Bennett has been an avid mystery reader from a young age. Her first novel, Ghost Mountain, is available from Second Wind Publishing. When she’s not writing, Nichole can be found doing a plethora of crafty things, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, or spending too much time online. And making lists.