I don't make New Year's Resolutions. Never have. Never will. I'm not a goal-writing-down kind of person. (Check out my 3 Reasons Why as a Writer I Resolve to Do Nothing post I wrote last year around this same time.) For me, it just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary pressure to put on myself. Stuff is going to happen next year. It will. Good stuff. bad stuff. It's bound to happen. Past experience with the last 40 years have made me a believer. But to ACTUALLY write things down on a paper gives me the shivers. That's just me though. To those of you who love putting your goals down on paper, I say kudos to you.
Last year was an AWESOME year for me as a writer. I went from being a writer to an author during that time. I wrote and published three books through Evolved Publishing (a dream come true) and guess what? I never wrote those goals down. Nope.
To write things down makes it concrete. And if those things don't come true or turn out the way I hoped, will only leave me feeling like a failure. I refuse to do that to myself. Instead, I will stay up late tonight and welcome in the new year with open arms and embrace new possibilities--whatever they may be. I will keep doing what I've always done--writing, trying, writing some more--and see where it takes me.
"While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions"
And I bet you next year at this same time, good things will have happened for me. I can pretty much bet the same thing will happen to you too. With or without resolutions. Besides, have you seen the statistics on New Year's Resolutions? 45% of people usually make resolutions (So, see? I'm part of the majority--the 55% who do not). AND of those 45% who make resolutions, only 8% successfully achieve them. Not too good. But to be fair, it also did say that those who do make resolutions are 10x more likely to achieve them. So with my resolution to NOT make any resolutions, I'm pretty certain I'll be successful :)
Are you a resolution maker? If so, are you a resolution keeper (big difference)? What are some of your resolutions? Or are you like me--let the future be a wonderful surprise--kind of person? Leave a comment and let's discuss :)