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Thursday, January 29, 2015

"But Wasn't That Your Goal Last Year? And The Year Before?"

This is a post for all those people who have started New Year's Resolutions. And if you haven't started any, you can totally start some now. We're still at the beginning of the year people! 
I was talking to a friend the other day who told me that she doesn't make New Year's Resolutions because they're made to be broken. Which I kind of agree with. Sort of. Not really. Yeah, we break some New Year's Resolutions, I do it, but that doesn't mean that you can't succeed. Or that you never will succeed. 
For example, would you like to know how many years I have made the goal to finish all of my first drafts of my books? The answer is 4. 4 years of making the same goal and failing every year. In fact, until last year I had not finished a first draft in 4 years. That's right, I kept starting new books and not finishing them.
Your goal could have been, "get in shape" or "Lose weight" or land on the moon this year. 
Guess what guys, the goal of goals is not to complete the goal.
Wait, what?
No, seriously.
Have you ever seen Meet the Robinsons? That movie is full of failures. Lots of them. I fail at my goals almost all the time. That doesn't mean that I should stop making them. It doesn't mean that you should stop making them either.
I made the same goal last year to finish all of my first drafts, and once again I failed. But you know what I did do? I finished two first drafts. TWO! That is more than I have done in any year of my life. Even when I have finished a book before, the most I had ever finished was one book in a year. 
It's about progress people. You don't have to be accomplishing one hundred percent of your goals, or even 40 percent of your goals as long as you are moving forward. So do it. Just make a few goals for the year. One, make one goal for the year. Give yourself permission to fail at it, just do your best. Do your best and make progress. :)
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