According to the latest statistics, only 9.2% of all New Years Resolutions are achieved. Nearly a third of them are abandoned in the first two weeks of the year. (statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/).
One way to keep your resolutions alive is to set up an accountability check for yourself. Tell someone your plan and report your progress.
- Set reasonable goals and little rewards for short–term success, larger rewards for long-term success.
- Don’t give up if you slip and miss a goal or two or three. Life is unpredictable, and circumstance can overwhelm you. Don’t let it be permanent. Get back on track as soon as you can, and forgive yourself for the lapse. Moving forward is better than looking back and beating yourself up for missteps.
- Get support. Your family and friends may all be very supportive of your plans and ambitions, but they can’t give the kind of support other writers give.
- If possible, find a local writers’ group and ask to join. Writers are among the most generous people when it comes to sharing knowledge and expertise. Sometimes local bookstores know of writers’ groups; sometimes a Google search or a Facebook search works.
- If there are no local groups, or the local group isn’t right for you, Facebook has many writer groups. Some are specialized by genre, others are regional, still others discuss marketing. If you search and look for groups that seem interesting, become an active member.
- Find a critique partner. One of my best friends and critique partner is a woman I “met” in a Facebook group. We have never met in person, but we have been friends for years.
- Find online webinars and workshops with an interactive feedback. This gives personalized support for your writing.
The most important thing to remember is that writing is not easy. It takes time and perseverance. Don’t give up. You’ve only begun to fight.
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