I do not believe that I have EVER made a New Year’s Resolution and stuck with it–at least not for one full year. This year, I resolve to do better, and I have set a plan in place.
- I decided to follow the advice of Anthony Hitt, and this year, I only made a promise that I can keep.
- I have set up a system of accountability checks, to keep myself on task.
My Number 1 New Year’s Resolution for 2016
My Number 1 New Year’s Resolution for 2016 is to post at least one article six out of every seven days–and on some days, I’ll post more than one article. I promise that over the next year, I shall have posted at least 365 new articles.
I have several goals that fall beneath that main challenge, and I can already see that my other goals do not qualify as resolutions. For instance, I want to focus better in the following three areas:
- I want to illustrate and submit at least one picture book for publication this year.
- I want to finish writing my memoir and submit it for publication this year.
- I want to paint–just paint–at least one day per week.
Understanding the Differences Between a Resolution and a Goal
A Resolution is a firm promise. Goals are mere targets.
While the wording of a goal might be more generalized, the wording of a resolution needs to be tight. A resolution should not contain any wiggle room. My resolution is simple and straightforward and in its wording, I have established a clear path. I’ll post at least 6 out of every 7 days.
The Value of An Accountability Program
Weight Watchers and other weight loss programs harness systems of accountability. In a commercial weight loss program, the dieter is often required to go to a room, stand in front of another person, and weigh. Now, that is a system of answerability.
I have developed a similar system of accountability for myself. Beginning this weekend, I’ll publish my first ever online magazine, The Jacki Kellum Weekly. It will be a digest of some of what I consider to be my best articles from the previous week. My resolution is to have at least 7 articles or poems or other features in every weekly magazine.
Resolutions Are More Effective When They Have Regular Check Points
If I had launched my 2016 resolution and did not return to it for another full year, I feel quite sure that my resolution would fail. My weekly magazine will be like the Weight Watchers weigh-in. EVERY week, I’ll revisit my resolution, and I will let the people see whether I am keeping my promise or not.