Here is the second half of the New Year's Resolutions points. I hope you guys find these helpful!
---Keep your writing goals and your personal goals
separate…but not too separate. I know as writers we tend to blur the line between
our “work” and our “personal” life. When it comes to making goals for them,
however, it is important that we remember they are, in fact, different
things. Come up with two lists of what
you’d like to accomplish. Once you’re done, set them side by side and see if
there will be any conflicts of interest. If, for example, one of your goals is
to write every single day but you also plan on gutting and redoing your
kitchen, there might be a slight
problem. Plan ahead for these things. You are the one making the rules—no one
else. If you decide that you’ll write every day except for the two weeks you’re working on your kitchen, then
that’s fine. But write it down in your goals from the beginning.
---Be prepared if you fail. This sounds harsh, but you need to be able to accept that failure is an option. We don’t want to fail, and we need to try our hardest to succeed, but sometimes it is out of our hands. Try your hardest, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t quite make your goal. Chances are you will finish a million other things that you never even considered writing down in the first place. Try and remember that every step you make towards fulfilling your dreams is a step in the right direction. If it helps, keep a list throughout the year of things you accomplished that weren’t part of your New Year’s Goals. Our life changes every second of the day—it would be foolish of us to believe you won’t change with it.
---Make a back-up plan. If failure is truly abhorrent to you, make a back-up plan. Goals can be difficult to achieve alone. Tell a friend what you would like to accomplish in the next year. They will hold you accountable for your actions and cheer you on throughout the year.
---Reward yourself. Whatever it takes to keep you going, do it. If you need to bribe yourself each week by making a trip to Barnes & Noble to get your favourite book, then so be it. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you meet your goals. Treating yourself is not a bad thing. Parents bribe their toddlers into eating their vegetables—how is this any different?
---Have fun. Lastly, and most importantly, have fun with your goals. Get together with your friends and celebrate your victories. We all know you can succeed; it’s just a matter of how hard you try!