I realized the other day that I hadn’t written down–or even considered–my goals for 2019. I don’t do resolutions, but I have, for the last few years, made goals for the year. They run the gamut from spectacularly unachievable to pragmatic and boring, it really depends on how I’m feeling that day. Before I do that though, I go through the goals that I did not complete the prior year, add the year I made that goal and move it into queue. I currently have a handful of goals that date all the way back to 2016 and while this might seem discouraging, I adopted a mantra last year that allows me to take a slightly more positive view of the situation:
“I’m getting there.”
This is my new outlook for life. Whatever my goal, I’m getting there. Lose weight? I’m getting there. At a glacier pace, but I’m getting there. Publish my next book? Well, I did that twice last year (The Best Love and The Book of Joy), so that covers me for a while. Become a best-selling author? Getting there. Make writing and publishing my main source of income? I’m getting there. Launch new projects and remain consistent? I’m getting there.
This may seem like I’m procrastinating, but I’ve discovered by not stressing about my lack of progress, I’ve actually gained ground. Look at my weight, for instance: I plateaued after losing twenty pounds and that was discouraging, because I had a long way to go. But after making a handful of changes in my diet and exercise routine over a course of two years, I’ve actually started losing weight again. I’m half-way to my goal. And while it would be incredibly awesome if I could achieve it overnight, I’m making progress towads it. It will take some time, but I’ll eventyally get there.
Let me tell you, that’s a much better attitude than, “I fell off the wagon again, I might as well give up and go eat those brownies.”
I did that for a lot of years. It doesn’t work.
They were delicious years though.
Regardless, I am taking my time and declaring I will eventually get where I am going where my goals are concerned. So yes, become a best-selling author? I’m getting there. Have my books in brick-and-mortar bookstores? I’m getting there. Get prominent book reviews? I’m getting there too.
It’s funny, I started writing this as a ‘here’s-what-I’m-working-on-in-2019’ post. And I’ll tell you, I’ve got lots of great, and actually achievable goals for the year ahead, but what’s most important here isn’t what’s written, but the attitude behind it. Because if it’s not positive (and this is coming from a self-confessed pessimist), you probably won’t get as much as you could. Besides, what’s the rush? You know the saying, if it’s worth doing, then do it right… Well, I’ve discovered that my life is worth doing right, so that’s what we’ll do.
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