Hello, 2012.

forget-me-not seedlingsI’ve decided on something rather radical (for me, at least):

I’m not making any resolutions for 2012.

Although I’ve made them here in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 (I don’t know what happened to 2010) with varying degrees of success, this year I’ve decided to pick a couple goals to strive towards.

I know this isn’t outrageously different but there is a subtle difference. I see goals as something to achieve, while resolutions are something to fix. A goal is “become a great cook” while a resolution is “cook 3x week.”

Perhaps a better example might be the resolution I set last year: write one pitch a month.

Well… I didn’t do that. I didn’t even come close. And rather than feeling like this was something I could do, I just felt like a failure. What was the point of  trying when I’d already flopped?

Compare that with the goal I’m setting for 2012: work really really hard at becoming a successful freelance writer.

See what I mean? There’s a difference, right? Instead of a resolution that I could easily not do, that goal is something I can pick up any point and keep on working towards.

Do you set resolutions for the new year? Or do you set goals? 

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4 thoughts on “Hello, 2012.

  1. I think the wording is much better! I feel like a lot of people who set goals/resolutions aren’t doing them this year. I was glad that you still have a goal setting because I really enjoy reading people’s plans/goals/dreams.

    1. There’s a page in the notebook I tote around with that’s titled “{vaguely defined goals of 2012}” — the freelance thing is really the biggest one, which is why I didn’t really pick much else this year. I’d also like to get better at playing the ukuleles (yes, plural) that I own but I’m pretty painfully unmusical, and I’m also trying to exercise more often. Otherwise, that’s about it. Oh, and read 100 books, but you already knew about that one.

  2. I’m with you! Especially since my entire 2011 was turned upside down by starting off with the HUGE hassle of a MOVE! Come to think of it, I don’t think I had resolutions for 2011, either … they were just “survive this”!

    My goals for 2012 are “eat healthier (and don’t let stuff rot in the fridge)” and “focus on lining up more work” (not knowing what form that’s going to take yet).

  3. Hi Kristen! I’ve enjoyed following your blog. I saw the Hasley Street project got fully funded – yay! How about an update for how things are progressing with the project?

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