As 2016 rises over the horizon I must make a confession … I’m one of those people who likes to ask what your New Year’s resolution is. Yup, I’m that girl you roll your eyes at. The girl with that extra skip in her step because I love the idea of a clean slate, starting over, and trying to put the past behind me and look at the New Year with fresh eyes.
Call me an optimist, or call me obnoxious, but in the end, I’m just a big happy planner. I love spreadsheets and goals. I love getting out the markers and creating structure charts or outlining projects. I love looking at the future with hope, and then making a game plan to help me get there.
Did you know that the number one reason you aren’t achieving your goals is because you aren’t writing them down and reviewing them? Here’s some pretty hefty statistics that might get your resoultion butt in gear this year:
- 80% of Americans claim that they don’t have goals
- 16% of them have goals, but they don’t write them down
- Only 3% actually have written goals, but they don’t review them regularly
- Only 1% has written goals and they review them regularly, and these are among the highest achievers in the US
My New Year’s resolution is to write down my writing goals, make action plans, and review my actions. To help me do this, I’ve become a little obsessed with the super-fun watercolor woo-woo hippie-awesomeness that is the Leonie Dawson Create Your Shining Year Workbooks.
You may have seen me over the Christmas Holiday posting Instagram images of my adventures juggling markers, becoming a coloring ninja, writing out my goals, and making big fat and fabulous plans for 2016. It’s been super inspiring … particularly when you couple the childhood fun of coloring with business planning. Who said this had to be boring?
If you’re interested in the Leonie Dawson Workbooks, she has two kinds: Create Your Shining Life and Create Your Shining Biz. The Life Workbook focuses on what you want in your personal life: home, relationships, personal goals, fitness, health, etc. The Biz Workbook (my personal favorite) can easily be adapted to the writing life: book goals, marketing, revision, finances, habits, and systems. I bought both this year, because I thought it was important to find a balance between the two.
I also found myself enjoying a little entrepreneurial kick in the pants lately. It’s easy to claim you have a resolution, but it’s a completely different thing to actually write it down, put it into action, and stay accountable! As a result I’ve become a big fan of the books The 12 Week Year by Brian Morgan and Michael Lennington, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Both of these are great at helping you see how you can stay accountable and achieve your goals.
Writing a book is such a big undertaking. There’s a false sense that inspiration will strike and both creativity and productivity will take care of themselves. I’ve never found this to be the case. For me, writing takes planning. Planning when I will put my butt in the chair. Scheduling the time. Creating my own deadlines. Then making myself accountable for not meeting those deadlines. It’s so easy to be distracted. To push the deadlines back. To not make writing a priority.
Do you find this happens to you? Maybe we can plan to create better writing habits in 2016 together.
I think that all starts with daring to dream, daring to write down our goals and admit that we have them. Do you want to get published this year? Do you want to get an agent? Do you want to sell the next book? Write it down! Has 2015 been a shadow of disappointment? Forget it. Shed it like the skin of a snake. 2016 is new and shinny and ready for your hard work!
“The universe will not respond to your desires, no matter how passionate or intense they are. The one thing that moves the universe is action. It is consistent action that turns a dream into reality.” – 12 Week Year
Keep yourself accountable. Find an accountability buddy. Find someone you can trust to tell your dreams and action plans to. Be responsible to tell them when you’ve succeeded and failed. Work together to make new plans … and never give up!
I’d love to hear your writing resolutions! Please share them in the comments.
I hope your 2016 is filled with action, inspiration, goals, and tons of writing. Happy New Year everyone!
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