Why New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Make You a Success

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I’ve written about new year’s resolutions on my blog for years. I enjoy writing about setting goals and ways to reach your new year’s resolutions more than I should.

It’s also what my readers (that’s you!) want to read. My blog traffic increases around this time of year with greater interest in my blog posts about new year’s resolutions.

After January 15? Not so much.

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The Real Reason Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

The Real Reason Why New Years Resolutions Fail
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I’ve been a big fan of writing New Year’s resolutions for many years. Every late December, I dedicate a blog post to the annual ritual of our society. And I have so many now that I could create an eBook about creating and sticking to New Year’s resolutions.

So, if you’re 100% committed to the New Year’s resolution challenge, start here.

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Why January is the Worst Month for Writing New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m not a hater of writing new year’s resolutions. In fact, I’ve blogged about how to create and keep resolutions herehere, herehere, and also here.

But there’s one thing we all get wrong when it comes to writing new year’s resolutions: When we decide to write them.

Of course we write new year’s resolutions on New Year’s Eve. It’s as traditional as staying up past midnight, watching the ball drop and popping a bottle of champagne.

But just because everyone does it on Dec 31 or during the first week of January doesn’t mean it’s the best time to do it.

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What You Can Do for Your Writing in One Year

Here's a way to keep track of your writing goals this year
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Here's a way to keep track of your writing goals this year

On New Year’s Eve 2012, I didn’t expect that in 2013 I would move across the country to advance my career. It was something I wanted, but I didn’t think I’d have the guts to make it happen if the opportunity came.

But the opportunity did come. And when it did, I threw myself into it 100%.

Was this you in 2012 before 2013 began? Did you doubt that the one thing you wanted would happen yet still worked hard to make it happen?

I forgot about my 2012 perspective until New Year’s Eve 2013. Why do I only give myself one day a year to reflect on what I want to achieve, what I have done to achieve it, and celebrating that achievement?

Am I that busy to pause?

I don’t have an excuse. I can choose to reflect and to make a lot can happen in one year. That’s 12 months, 365 days, 8766 hours of writing time.

So why do we think that time goes by so fast when we can do so much in one year?

Maybe it’s because in one year’s time we haven’t done everything that we wanted to achieve.

Think about your writing in 2013. Did you write as much as you wanted? Did you submit your work often? Were you published? Were all your writing goals achieved?

It’s easy to forget your writing goals not long after January 1. We’re motivated for the first month of the year to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. When February or March hits, we let the everyday tasks take precedence over what we really want to achieve.

So how do we bypass this? How do we stay true to our writing while balancing everything else in our lives?

We make time to reflect.

Schedule an hour appointment with yourself one day each month to think or journal about your writing progress:

What have I done this month for my writing? Am I proud or disappointed?

What were my fears? Are they still fears I hold?

What has happened this month? Is it affecting my writing?

What have I learned about myself as a writer? What have I learned about my writing?

What do I want to achieve with my writing by next month? What are the steps to make that happen?

That’s 12 appointments, 12 New Year’s Eve moments you can have throughout the year to keep you on track with your writing goals and evaluate yourself as a writer.

And that’s something worth celebrating.

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Write New Year's resolutions that get the writer in you excited!
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Write New Year's resolutions that get the writer in you excited!

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It’s that time of year again! Every January you write New Year’s resolutions that excite you but disappoint you in December when your goals are far from complete. Maybe you’d stick to your New Year’s resolutions if they were shaped around an activity you actually enjoy: writing!

These are my writing New Year’s resolutions this year. Will you try these goals with me?

  1. I will make time to write everyday.
  2. I will create an online presence as a writer by blogging, joining an online writing community, or refining my online profile.
  3. I will read more, especially those books I keep putting off.
  4. I will create a personal writing workspace.
  5. I will submit my work to at least 3 publications.
  6. I will attend at least one writing conference.
  7. I will take a writing course to help improve my writing.
  8. I will learn to take criticism with grace.
  9. I will finish writing at least one story.
  10. I will know my publishing options and decide the best route for my novel.

What New Year’s resolutions for writers did I miss? Post your writing New Year’s resolutions below.