The New Year is a very special time—a time to reflect on the past, but also an opportunity to consider a course for your future. Maybe you like the direction your life is going, but if you don’t, it’s never too late to change. Okay, let’s face it, we all have things we’d like to fix about ourselves, so this post is for all of us.
Start by setting a goal—a realistic goal—you’ll only frustrate yourself if you pick near impossible feats like climbing Mount Everest, or losing 100 pounds in six months. Once you have a goal in mind do more than just write it down—tell someone. The buddy system makes you accountable to more than yourself, and is a great way to keep you motivated.
I find breaking goals down into daily requirements works best. I don’t just say I’m going to write another novel this year. Even thinking about the hundreds, and hundreds of pages I will have to write to do this gives me a headache, so I simplify. I will write at least two pages every day—except Sunday—even crazies like me need a break every once and while. Two pages a day isn’t nearly as scary. And is something I can easily accomplish, which gives me the daily boost of encouragement I need to keep going.
Anything you want to be or do is possible—even Mount Everest if you want. All the little goals you chip away at are building you closer to greater things. Just believe in yourself. The only one standing in your way is you.