For New Year’s, Resolving to be Resolved (post by Anna)
Every year, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. Usually, these resolutions go uncompleted because we put too much pressure on ourselves to complete them. This year, I’ve decided to make a resolution that’s both simpler and more far-reaching. I’m resolving to be resolved.
What does this mean? I’m going to stay steadfast in my determination to keep growing and achieving, without laying down specific deadlines or accomplishments I must achieve. Instead of saying “I’ll write two novels this year,” I’ll resolve to keep on trucking. Keep writing. Keep marketing (ew, yuck). Keep striving for balance between my work, personal, and writing lives. I won’t push for finishing Book A by March 21. I’ll resolve to work hard on finishing it, but not chastise myself if it takes longer.
Deadlines can be good. They encourage you to stop procrastinating. But life can throw you curveballs you don’t see coming, events that bench you for a while—sometimes a long while. Last year was one of those years for me, and I realized I need a year off from self-imposed deadlines so I can recover from the tumult that was 2016. To that end, I’ve made my resolution.
Be resolved, without deadlines. Relax and do the best I can.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What was yours for this year?