It’s the time of year when we reflect on the year past, and a new year to come.

Every year, I set personal goals. Goals like; drink eight glasses of water, lose thirty pounds, walk two miles a day, listen more than you talk. I also set writing goals; write three books, sent one of those to a publisher, submit five proposals.

And every year, I fail.

If you’re like me, you might be feeling a bit deflated right now. You can take comfort in knowing you’re one in millions on that cruise ship, or you could be one in thousands who reevaluate the process. This year, I’m going for better odds. This year, I’m trying something new.

And what is that new? I’m taking one month, one week, one day at a time. I’m breaking those sky-high goals up, bringing them down to earth. Like one hundred more steps, one more glass of water, two hundred more words. In doing so, I’m setting myself up to achieve, not fail.

When you’re in this new mindset, everything looks different. You realize that the past year wasn’t lost. Maybe you didn’t finish those books or shed those thirty pounds. But you did move forward. You began three new books, you submitted three proposals, you outlined a new series, you walked!

So give yourself a high-five and a little hug.

Welcome in your new year, one step at a time.

Just sayin’

TL