I do believe in setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year. It gives me a focus for the year and a way to measure my progress.
There is a difference between a resolution and a goal that most people tend to miss. A goal is a concrete achievement. It’s very specific. One of the things we teach in our professional development courses is how to set a SMART goal.
For example, if I’m setting a weight loss goal, I would say something like “I will weigh less than 215lbs by June 14.” I set a specific target, one that is measurable on a scale, and that involves a reasonable amount of time to achieve, and that has a deadline.
I left out relevant, and that’s because ‘relevant’ relates to a resolution.
Resolutions are not as cut and dried. They’re messy, hard to measure, and tend to be broader. For example, “I resolve to live a healthier lifestyle in 2023.” You see how that is not a SMART goal? But it still has meaning.
My goals must be relevant to my resolutions.
So here are my resolutions along with some goals for 2023.
- Be kind.
- Go out of my way to greet people
- Help others whenever the opportunity presents itself
- Swallow my pride
- Forgive offenses
- Be healthy
- Weigh <215 by June 14
- End all heart meds by June 14
- Exercise 1 hour 3 times per week
- Be appreciative of the efforts of those around me
- Praise freely; criticize sparingly
- Expand my horizons
- Learn a song every week on the ukulele
- Record and post one each month
- Learn a new language
- Finish my arcade controller
- Grow as a writer
- Complete 52 short stories by Dec 31.
- Complete 4 novels to final edit by Dec 31.
- Publish collection of the best short stories by Oct 1.
- Submit to 12 open call anthologies by Dec 31
- Submit to WOTF every quarter I am eligible
- Submit to both Baen contests
- Record and publish 12 audio stories
Any effort that intended for one’s betterment and the improvement of those you interact with is laudable. That you are specific in your goals is even better.