I love the concept of Twitter – of microblogging in general. I love the way those who are Twitter-savvy are able to use it to meet new people, remain connected to friends and fans, and obtain information that’s of value and of interest to them.
I just don’t seemed able to do any of those things myself.
I struggle at finding time in my day-to-day to devote to getting good at it. I struggle to come up with things to tweet about. Unlike blog posts – which endure well past their publication date and may eventually find an audience – both the speed and brevity of Twitter, in the absence of an audience from the outset, make it feel like a largely futile to me.
And all of this makes me mad, because improving at, and becoming a regular user of, Twitter, was one of my New Year’s Resolutions two years ago.
I usually ace my New Year’s Resolutions. I love New Year’s; I love the opportunity to make a changes in my life at a convenient starting point.
F**king Twitter put an end to a many-years-long successful streak.
Good thing failed resolutions don’t make a person a failure.
Still, though, do I dare resolve to try again?
If at first you don’t succeed…
Also, there’s reading.
When did it become so difficult finding time to read for pleasure?
I’m a writer; I need to be reading regularly. In my youth, I read voraciously – this, I’m convinced, is the reason I can even write stories at all.
Nowadays, in between writing, work, and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, I manage about a book a month, and even that pace had to come about as a recent New Year’s Resolution.
Yet another resolution I didn’t fully achieve if one discounts the creative reckoning I employed when counting books (I considered Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, mammoth, 1000-page tome that it is, to be two books, and a 200,000-word serial story on Fanfiction.net as two books as well).
Last year, I made no reading resolutions at all, and just barely finished 10 books.
(In my defence, though, last year I probably read a novel’s length of pages from numerous books I didn’t end up finishing. I was particularly brutal about DNF books in 2014, or else the books I attempted to read were particularly brutal, or something.)
This year, not only do I want to read a full 12 books, I want most to number among the many unread books taking up space in my apartment. And I want to review all 12 on Goodreads.
The same, but totally different
And, then, of course, there’s writing.
I’ve been resolving to finish my WIP since 2013.
Admittedly, had I known I was actually writing a trilogy instead of a duology, I would have known the goal was unrealistic and not set it in the first place.
Still, I’m ready to be done drafting this project so I can both move to the next stage of the creative process and eventually move on to something new altogether. For once in my life with regards to writing, I want to be a finisher. And I want it to be sooner this year rather than later.
So, it looks like 2015 will see me reprising a number of lapsed New Year’s Resolutions of old.
But it’s not enough to simply restate the past. Albert Einstein famously stated that the definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different result.
If I want to succeed year – for anyone seeking success at resolutions or goal s/he didn’t achieve the first time around – it’s important to not only change the plans associated with those goals, but to change the very thinking that informs those plans as well.
Here are the top three ways I intend to think differently while forming my new New Year’s Resolution strategies for 2015:
1) Re-examining and re-stating my reasons
Simply put, part of the reason I failed before is because even though I wanted to succeed, I didn’t quite want it enough. Which means I need to determine the precise version of my motivation (and consequences for continued failure) that will make persistence favourable.
2) Embracing the power of partnership
Just because my resolutions are chosen to make me a better person doesn’t mean I have to go it all alone. Instead, I need to team up with others who either have similar goals to mine or just big goals in general so we can inspire and encourage each other through our respective progress.
3) Recognizing the little victories
Last year, I started a month-by-month list of all my achievements, large and small but inexplicably stopped in July. I need to stay mindful of everything I accomplish, for any type of success is inspiration for even more success. (It’s also worthy of reward, even if it’s just a small cookie!)
Happy New Year, everyone! What resolutions (if any) are you making for 2015? Any that you’ve recycled from previous years? Let me know in the comments.