Wednesday, February 9, 2011

They say you made a resoluuuution....weeelll you know....

Resolutions.  I made one this year.  Just one.  To exercise.  Every day.  Minimum 20 minutes.
It lasted one month.  I don't know what happened.  I was so committed.  Is it because I'm really lazy?  Did life get in the way?   Maybe, but I really believe I set a goal that was unreachable in the first place.  Did it ever make sense for someone to go from 0 work outs to 365?    My resolution should have been more realistic.  Maybe 3 - 4 days a week is more reasonable.

I have a tendency to dream big - to take on a big task at once, and then I fizzle out pretty quickly.  I get overwhelmed.  I say all of this because I worry in terms of deciding to write a book.  Sure, it's all exciting now - but can I stick to it? I can say this - I really want to, and I think I have a pretty good support system now to keep me encouraged.  So this will be my 2nd resolution - to stick to writing. 

What were your resolutions?  Have you stuck with it?  If not, do you know why?


  1. And this is exactly why I try not to make "resolutions". I will always disappoint myself. Goals are good things to strive for, but a resolution sounds too official. lol.

    I think exercising 3-4 days a week is a great goal. Maybe just make those longer (30-60 minutes) instead of 10 minute workouts everyday. And as far as writing goes... I can tell you, it's not something that will be forced. You either love to do it, or you don't. If you truly do love it, the desire to write won't ever leave you, and you'll be stuck with the lot of us from here on out! :)

  2. Agreed with Kristin about not making resolutions so much as goals. Mine were to read more (check), read more widely (check), write more (ish, ideas are slowly brewing but I'm not yet typing away at a new novel) and I'm generally working on eating a little better, no pressure.

    Thanks for the reminder to review my goals!
    - Sophia.

  3. @ Kristin - so far I'm loving it :)

    @ Sophia - glad I was able to assist :)

  4. I resolved years ago to never make resolutions. I had a hard time keepin' that one, too.

    ~ Yaya

  5. the hard thing to swallow is that sometimes writing isn't 100% fun. it is hard work. sure it is a fun thing to do, a thing we love, but it is hard, and frustrating, and time-consuming. you need to know that going in. but the thing is, it's worth it.
    i do the same thing as you: make big goals and then fizzle out. so, i advise you (and i'm a total hypocrite) to follow the wisdom misha posted on her blog today: how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time. how do you write a book? one word at a time. set small goals, achieve them, feel encouraged, and move on. at least that's what i need to do!
    and really, writing is fun- just hard, too! :)

  6. I'm another one who doesn't make resolutions, but I do set goals. You get only one chance with a resolution. With a goal, if you fail, you can pick yourself up and start again. So don't resolve to stick to writing, set a goal. Then if you leave it for awhile, you haven't failed. You can always come back.

  7. Such GREAT advise. Thanks to all of you!