I trust you've all been busily making resolutions that will last until Sunday? Or perhaps you poo poo such nonsense. I believe that we all need goals to aim for in life, although some seem so unattainable that they are more like dreams.
Without goals I feel lost, or bored. To picture a destination, feeds my motivation to get there. It might be as vague as 'I want a holiday this year', or as specific as 'I'm going to lose 5 kg'. Either way, it gives me something to work towards.
I might forge ahead in tiny increments, so that it is bound to take many years to attain what my heart desires. Or the goal itself may change over time. It doesn't matter. Allowing some flexibility lets you grow as a person and not be devastated when things don't go to plan.
Let's face it, I put on rather than lost 5 kg last year. It won't stop me making the same pledge for 2015. Nor will it stop me from striving towards a bunch of other goals.
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Have you thought about where you're headed in life at present? A new year is a great time to take stock of what is and isn't working.
* I plan to increase my literary effort, not so much with the amount I write, but the effort I put into marketing and social media. * I always want to learn new things, so I've booked into a couple of writing workshops. * My family suffered through a difficult year in 2014, so we're planning a special holiday to celebrate being alive. I find that by making small and specific goals, you increase your chance of reaching them. Instead of attempting to climb a mountain, breaking it into wheelbarrow sized rubble, so you can manage it. It's also rather satisfying to reach even the small goals.
So, what other plans do I have for the year? * I'm going to celebrate the release of my first novel in February, but I'm not going to stop there. * I also hope to have a short story published in an anthology, and sell a second suspense novel. * It would be nice if I was more enthusiastic about helping my children with homework (I hated it when I was at school).
So, what are you hopes and dreams for 2015?
Don't forget to visit me often to keep your finger on the pulse of new releases and all kinds of adventures I have planned (and many considerably more adhoc).