I always like to write on New Year’s Day. It feels so good to start off the year doing something that I love so much. And it also makes me feel like I’m going conquer the year. “I wrote 3,000 words today, New Year! I’m going to do that every day and by time you’re over I’ll have written six books!” The only problem is: that’s not a realistic goal. It’s like so many New Year’s Resolutions. We have the best of intentions, but often it’s not possible to carry those intentions out long-term. So we get a couple days or a couple weeks into our resolutions, start to falter, and then we crash and burn. Hello, discouragement!
I know this isn’t anything new. We’ve all thought this before. We’ve all read about it before. It’s why I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore, I try to make actionable goals.