Every year as the year crawls to a close we begin thinking about our resolutions for the new year. A couple of years ago I found another way to do this because resolutions are like a “honey-do” list. They aren’t always kept or they get put off and put off until we finally forget all about it. Eventually, you come back to it and say, “Oh yeah. I still need to do that.” But until then, it sits there lying in wait for you to get your act together and do it.
Obviously, this doesn’t work out really well. So instead I write a list of what I want to accomplish before the year’s end and I make a plan. It’s the same idea as deciding on short-term and long-term goals. The only difference is my short-term is month to month, whereas my long-term is the end of the year. Last year, my list wasn’t very long. This year is a different story. There’s a lot more I want to accomplish. So the question is, how do I make 2018 my bitch?
Come on, say it with me, “How do I make 2018 my bitch?” What if we try it another way.
Say it loud and say it proud, “I’m going to make 2018 my bitch!”
Are you feeling excited yet? No? Then go back and say it again, “I’m going to make 2018 my bitch!”
Okay. Now, that we’ve got ourselves psyched up, let’s talk about how we’re going to take the reigns and control 2018.
First, grab a pen and a pad of paper or a notebook. The first thing you have to ask yourself is, “What do I want to accomplish this year?”
In order to answer this, you have to think about what you’ve been dreaming of for at least the last five years. And this can be anything. It can be something like getting in shape or going back to school or opening your own business. Thinking back on your dreams is only part of the battle. It doesn’t mean you have to accomplish it this year, but you have to take a step in that direction this year. And that is how you begin making 2018 your bitch.
I’m going to give you an example. Last year, I wanted to get both of the first two books of my series re-released. That was my goal. In order to do this, I had to find a new editor and a new cover artist. I did a little bit of research and thought I’d found a good artist, except we ended up having some creative differences. So I kept an eye out for the writer groups on Facebook to see what people shared and/or asked about. Lo and behold, I found my cover artist and SHE IS AMAZING! The editor came along later, but between the efforts of these two women, as well as the push and encouragement I received from my editor, I got both Addicted and Damaged out.
This year, my goal is more on the business side. I haven’t forgotten about the writing part because it’s a major part of my ultimate goal for 2018. Like last year, I wrote down my goals and I’ve put a plan in place. And that is how the goals become a reality.
That is the next step. After you’ve written down your goals, pick one. Just one to start with. Do your research and compile a list of things you have to do in order to make that goal happen. Then pin it somewhere you’re going to see it every day. The more you see it, the more you’re reminded of what you’re doing to make it happen, one day at a time.
It’s January 30th. Have you decided on what you want to accomplish this year? Okay. How do you plan to do it?