Begin Anew

“I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it.” – Richard L. Evans

“If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0.” – Author Unknown

Check your 2017 to-do list. Were you able to clean out your over crowded closet? Did you drop the weight you wanted to lose? Did you complete the first draft of the story you promised to complete this year? Have you accomplished any or all of your goals?

Congratulations to those of you who have. For the rest, don’t despair. You still have a few weeks left if you’re in the “trying-to-finish” stage. Of course, there’s always next year to make a new list of goals or re-address the ones you couldn’t finish in 2017. But why wait until January first? Will the New Year’s Resolutions gods swoop down with an unspeakable punishment because you don’t reveal your list on the first day of 2018?

A new beginning can start at any time you choose. Why not do it now? Make a new list of goals. This time make them realistic for your personality, interests, and lifestyle. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, and relevant to your long-term goals.

My goals for now are:

  1. Read one book per month in 2018. Two non-fiction books will be about writing, the rest will be fiction.
  2. Enter the Writers Weekly short story contest in January 2018.
  3. Write a minimum of 5,000 words per week for three months for a total of 60,000 words. This will bring my manuscript to a total of 75,000 words.

Check your 2017 to-do list. What are your new goals? Are they specific? Are they measurable? Are they realistic? Please share your new goals.


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    • Anonymous on December 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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    You are amazing, Barbara! Don’t mind me if I glance above and check over my shoulder. New Year’s Resolutions gods circle overhead preparing to swoop (great word – swoop).

      • Barbara Pattee on December 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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      Thank you, Anonymous. I hope to stay on track with my listed resolutions. I should add a few more resolutions to better organize my household, but I don’t want to overdo it.

    • Kook-Wha Koh on December 4, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    Very ambitious goals. I admire you.

      • Anonymous on December 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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      Thank you, Kook-Wha Koh. I’ll try my best in 2018.

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