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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Instead of New Year's Resolutions, Set Goals and Plan to Meet Them in 2007

I'm not big on resolutions. I stopped making them quite a while back. Resolutions are more about a feeling rather than actually getting the thing done. They act as a necessary first step. I challenge you to go a step further this year. Make your list of resolutions then transform them into goals.

For example you may write, "Get published." To transform this into a goal, you need to add some measurable elements--say this year and a genre type. If you want to get published in a periodical this year, you'll need to choose the type of periodical, get a writer's market, study your market choices and guidelines then begin to submit. If you're accepted after your first submission attempt, hooray! If not, keep at it. Then move on to your next resolution and make it a goal.

res·o·lu·tion (plural res·o·lu·tions)


1. process of resolving: the process of resolving something such as a problem or disputethe resolution of a difficulty
2. decision: a firm decision to do something
3. determination: firmness of mind or purpose
4. solution: an answer to a problem

Definition Source: MSN

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