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The New Year’s Resolution Hoax

Welcome 2013!

Have you got that sheet of paper in front of you, ready to make your annual list of New Year’s resolutions? I’ll bet you’ve got some good ones. Just like last year. And the year before.

Before you start writing, I’d like to take this opportunity to burst your bubble. It’s a hoax. All of it. The whole New Year’s resolution thing was something somebody made up ages ago so you could, for a few minutes on January 1st, feel good about yourself. Anyone with half a brain knows that nothing ever really comes of making those resolutions.

Unless . . .

. . . you have a plan.

Let’s say you’re a fiction writer and you want to get that novel finished in 2013. You can write the goal down on your resolution list, but unless you have a plan to make sure that happens, it will still be on your list at the end of the year. I know this. You need a regular writing schedule. A goal with the number of words you must compose.

Or maybe you want to lose weight or spend more time with your family or get a great new job. You’ve got them written down on your list and you’re smiling. But how will you take that weight off, or be with your family, or find that new job?

Along with every New Year’s resolution you identify, you have to have a plan. A good plan. One that is reasonable and will work for you. Writing down that plan is just as important as coming up with the resolution in the first place. Maybe more.

Then do a checkup on your plan once a month or so to keep yourself on track. Do some tweaking if you have to.

Above all, don’t fall for the New Year’s Resolution Hoax. The goals on your list don’t just happen. There is thought and prayer involved. Planning. And hard work.

At the end of 2013, you want to look at your list and smile in satisfaction.

Happy New Year!



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Goin’ Out


Time to go, 2012.

Will I miss you? Maybe a little. Would I want to live you over again? Um – no. I’m quite happy to let you go.

I am looking forward to what 2013 has up its sleeve. The year of fruitfuless, I’ve heard it called. The year of new beginnings and creative ideas and happy endings. I love happy endings.

2012, you’re goin’ out with very little fanfare from me.

And 2013, I am anticipating your  arrival.

So it begins.

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Take the Step

There are things I want to do in 2013. Some of them are things I wanted to do in 2012. Or in 2011, even. So now it’s time.

I have a list. The easy part was making that list. The hard part is taking action.

I know this: unless you act nothing is created or discovered or accomplished.

You’ve got a list too. Maybe not on paper, but there is one in your head. You might not have realized it. Or even called it a list. But it’s there nonetheless.

So, without a lengthy blog post about the whats and whys and hows, just take the step. Do something that brings you closer to your goal. Your dream. Your destiny.

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