I set myself some New Year’s goals. Hey, I know. Plenty of people do. And I read an article that said most people don’t stick to their New Year’s goals. Way to go on motivational techniques there!
But forget what everyone says.
It’s not too late to set your own New Year’s goals. You don’t even have to call them New Year’s goals. Call them any type of goals you’d like to. Call them year-long goals, monthly goals, weekly goals. Break them down into small bites so you can manage and achieve them.
Whatever helps you follow your success path.
Every day is a new day that provides a new way to start fresh.
My favourite all-time motivational quote is:
If you have made mistakes …. there is always another chance for you … you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford (1893 – 1979), American actress
That quote is pinned up near my desk. Has been for years. And I truly believe in it.
We all have a new chance every day of our lives.
So, what were my New Year’s goals?
Okay, I’m going to be honest. I wanted to quit alcohol, quit sugar and start moving more.
I spend a lot of time at my desk. Hours and hours each day when I’m not on author tour. Sitting at my desk writing and creating is the thing I love doing most in the world.
But it’s not great for my health.
You’ve heard it before, I’m sure, that sitting is the new smoking.
Combine all day sitting with a penchant for a glass of wine and some Lindt chocolate at night … and, well, I wasn’t doing myself any favours.
I’m not one to talk about personal, private goal setting much. I don’t like telling people that I’m on a diet to lose weight or on a mission to get fit.
Who wants to know that stuff?
And what if I fail?
Agh! The dreaded ‘fail’ word.
But, I want to be honest with you and hopefully it will help motivate you to achieve a special goal of your own.
It’s now been twenty-nine days and I’m still working hard to reset patterns of behaviour in terms of diet and exercise. I still want to take the easy way out and not get up at the crack of dawn to go for a walk or a swim or that difficult yoga class that makes every muscle ache.
With a mummy-obsessed three-year-old who won’t let me out of his sight during his waking hours (and three other bigger kids to run around after) the early mornings suit my family. That's simply the only time I can do this 'moving' that I need to do. If I haven’t pulled an all-nighter writing at my desk, that is...
Anyhoo! I am determined and I will commit to this new way of eating and exercising for the next year and beyond. I want to be a new me!
I’m already feeling better about myself. I’m also feeling stronger. And I’m looking better. I’ll keep checking in and letting you know how I’m going throughout the year. I’m in this for the long haul and I’m loving it!
Aside from the personal goals, I do have plenty of writing/career goals too and I’m working hard on those, with a focus on novel writing.
I have a middle grade manuscript with an agent who is currently trying to secure a publisher for it.
I’ve submitted a Series Proposal and the first instalment in that series to a publisher.
I’m editing a middle grade historical fiction novel with the intention of completing it ready for submission by June.
I’ve been asked to write the fourth book in my Little Witch Series by the publisher, Big Sky. Exciting – now back to the planning board!
And I’ve started planning a new YA novel, with ideas that are slowly crystalizing in my head and on paper.
So, there, I said it. I wrote it. There’s no running away from it now. Those are my big writing and personal plans for the year.
Let’s hope I make it!
And if you’d like to follow my lead and set some personal and career goals for yourself, go ahead. Write them down. Plan your week/month/year to work out how you’re going to achieve them, then go for it.