How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? I can see some of you avoiding eye contact. Some others are already moving on to the next blog post. Don’t check out on me yet!
When it comes to my resolutions, I’m not doing superbly, either. Did January hit anyone else like a truck, or was that just me? I saw a post the other day talking about how January felt like a whole year and I died laughing at how accurate it felt.
I had everything perfectly planned out for the start of the year, and then you know what? Nothing went to plan- and it was all out of my control. I think it was God’s way of saying “Okay, I see that you trust me now – so let go of control.”
That’s a hard thing to do, folks.
It’s frustrating when plans fall apart around you through no fault of your own. Sure you can adapt and work hard, but there’s only so much of that you can actually do before you have to accept that some things you wanted to get done just aren’t going to happen.
I set up a new plan for working on my original books this year. It worked great – for about a week. Then I had to unexpectedly take my cat to the vet, go to a family gathering (which I thoroughly enjoyed!), have an extra meeting with a client, and cook for a potluck. Almost every week, there was something that took away one day of my personal work time.
Focusing on the disappointment is easy. But then I reminded myself that I got so much more done than if I’d kept things the same as last year. I almost finished my fantasy short story (which went from 2k to 10k words), finally got Convergence to a place that feels good and solid, and started planning two other major books this year. All in a month!
Maybe you have a similar story about your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s my advice to you: don’t give up. If you haven’t met your goals, congratulate yourself for what you have done and then keep striving. If you haven’t even started your resolutions yet, it’s not too late – it’s only February! You still have 11 months of the year to accomplish your goals.
Are you with me? Let’s crush those milestones this month!
What resolutions do you have this year? Let me know in the comments! And remember, you can be a part of all my projects this year by joining my beta reader list.
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