Monday, January 05, 2015

Resolutions

Happy New Year! Fill your plates and pour yourself a drink. Take a seat and let's discuss...

Do you have resolutions for the new year? Or do you call it something else, like intentions or goals? What is the difference? Let's see:
Resolution: a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

So, resolution by any other name, pretty much is the same thing. Every year people ponder the things they want to accomplish during the year. They start out with purpose and drive, and how many people actually complete those resolutions, goals, or intentions? Based on myself alone not many, if any.

This year I sat down to make my resolutions and it turned out to be a 'to do' list. Will I complete it? Yes, I'm good at to do lists. I take one task at a time until the list is completed.

When I compile resolutions, they're more complex, like. Promote every month. Make a schedule and stick to it. Come up with a marketing plan. Sell X amount of books. By the end of the year, I will have accomplished... Probably some of it. Anyway you get my drift. The problem with those are; life. Life happens. You can't know that you will have the same conditions next month that you have this month. Life, as you know it, can change in the blink of an eye. So resolutions, goals, and intentions change. Sometimes daily. And compiling those marketing plans, schedules, etc. take time away from my main objective. To Write.

A 'to do' list? That's the beauty, it's there, conditions may change but your list is still there to be checked off one at a time. There is no expiration date. When you are done with the list. You compose the a list of what you need to do next. It can roll from day to day, month to month, year to year. And it takes only a minute to write. It's on your phone and/or computer. Check it off anywhere.

What do you do?

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