by Amanda Forester
I love making resolutions. I look forward to the beginning of January as an opportunity to make a fresh start on all those things I mean to do. It is a chance let go of past failures and disappointments and start again. Everyone needs a fresh beginning.
Speaking of new beginnings, here is my brand new cover for True Highland Spirit, which will be released in March. Now that is a lovely way to begin the New Year!
This year my resolutions are primarily about writing. Even after completing three books, I still have fanciful ideas that somehow my story will get written without me actually sitting down to write it. I also have high hopes that I can become physically fit, organize my house, and clean out the garage all without my presence being required. I have tried this approach over the holidays and have been quite disappointed with the results. It all comes down to this shocking revelation, none of my goals in life will happen without my personal energy and effort.
The challenge is to make small but steady progress toward my goals. Of course if I look at how much is required to complete a task, such as writing a book, or worse yet cleaning my garage (I don't want to be alarmist but I think the stuff is breeding, forming bastard creations of the unholy alliance between old clothing, garden supplies, and half-empty cans of old paint), now where was I... this sentence has gotten so long I got lost, oh yes, I remember now - if I look at how much work it will take to accomplish a goal it is easy to become overwhelmed and turn to watching the shopping channel or playing an app involving a slingshot and cartoon birds. The challenge for me in accomplishing any task is to focus on small daily goals. One day at a time. Letting go self-recriminations if I don't make my goal one day and trying again the next.
So what is one of your goals for next year that will take daily effort to realize your dream?