I’m not making any resolutions for 2012.
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?