Susan Spess Shay

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Goals or Resolutions?

Do you make goals or resolutions?

I heard several people say this year, “Resolutions are just something to break,” and, “Resolutions will be broken before you can get them written down.”

I don’t know many people who’ll admit to making resolutions.

Lots people I know set goals for the year. For some reason, there seems to be a more positive spin on that word than resolution. Since goals can be made a little more flexible (?) they’re easier to keep. Goals are easily readjusted to fit what’s really going on in your life rather than just what you’re guessing will be going on.

Okay. Makes sense.

I never was one to make resolutions or set goals until I started writing seriously. Then it just seemed to go with the territory, so I started setting goals. Do I reach them?

Mmm, yeah. Some of them. But not all. I figure if you reach all your goals, you’re setting the bar too low, so I make it a point not to ring the bell on every one. And if I miss by a little this year, it gives me something attainable for next year.

I’m not a person who wants to write 50 books a year–my brain doesn’t work that fast–although I’d love to be able to write that many. I usually get through two or three if I’m working really hard.

Right now I have a couple outlined for the coming year. Will I write them out? Mmmm, maybe. Right now it looks as if I will, and then I’ll make a vision board so I can see them on my wall each time I walk in the office, but who know what’ll happen tomorrow?

I’d love to write the kind of book that would make people say, “Have you read Susan’s book? You really should!” (I always did have a big imagination.)

But hey! Somebody once said, “If you can imagine it, you can do it,” didn’t they? I’m not sure who that was, but I like the guy 😉 because I can imagine a lot!

Another TC question–what’s your #1 resolution?

Pop on over and log in on the poll. I’d like to find out what other people are trying.

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Another New Year

Did you know in only four days, it’ll be 2011? (Except on my checks, where I’ll probably forget what year  it is for the next six months.)

For many people, January 1 means resolutions or goal setting. December 31 is the day to check and see how you did last year–and I will. (Later!)

It’s been easier for me this year because I made a vision board. If I could get in my office (I’m not a great out-of-sight cleaner–if I can’t see it, I don’t clean it, and my office is out of my sight most of the time) the board was right there and I could see what I’d planned at a glance.

I’ll fill you in more about that later.

So I’m thinking I’ll have a couple of different resolutions this year. I’m planning to be part of SSMT.  Click on the SSMT to learn more. I think it’ll be very worthwhile for me. (That is IF I can figure out how to do it! LOL.)

And I think there’s going to be a change in what I write–from what I can tell anyway. I’m very excited about a new story that’s blooming in my mind. Yeah, it’s one of those things that I’m not sure what else to do but write since it’s kind of living inside my head all the time these days.

I’ll have to talk to friends and ask them if they’ll tell me about their experiences. We’ll see! <g>

That also means I need to find the market for this kind of book. I don’t know that it’s exactly inspirational, but it’s certainly a family type book.

So that’s the beginning of my road map for next year. How about you? Do you make resolutions? Set goals? Or is New Years Day just another holiday?