As I close out the year of 2017, I feel the need to assess my writing accomplishments or lack thereof.
I believe a person should check what goals were set from the beginning of the previous year—to see where you gained/lost/failed.
Once done, spend some time on things that didn’t work and those that did.
Study the “whys” of each.
Create a new list of “how” you could better achieve the goal(s) you’ve set for yourself.
DO NOT linger too long on the problems you were unable to solve.
Instead, have your moment of woe or sadness or madness, then move on to the learning process.
Set your feelings aside and take an analytical view of your lists.
Note: This can be a fun process if you set out for it to be one. If you have trouble setting your emotional state from this project, try creating a buddy to help see you through. Imaginary friends can tell you what they think and you can say what you are really thinking – no holds barred. Point I’m making is YOU are actually looking for and need the TRUTH of where you’re headed. This is not a pity party nor a celebration—just the facts.
Next, get out some paper and create your dreams for the coming year—this is the Fun Stuff!
Now, set it aside and create what you believe is doable for the year.
Each year, I do this for self-evaluation and for my end-of-year tax receipts. If I’ve not gained in an area, this needs to be a top priority unless my requirements have changed.
I don’t believe a person can stay in one spot—hover, maybe, while you sort out the problem. You’re either moving forward or falling backward. Falling backward is like gaining weight—it’s easy to do, but hard to get back to where you want to be.
How did you fare in your assessment?
Did you have gains in your work? Losses? Challenges?
Now is the time to mourn your losses – quickly – then celebrate! The year has ended and you are starting with a clean slate.
Dream – create – believe in yourself
As a writer, who needs to know where and how to proceed for the coming year, or as a person who wants to improve the status of his or her daily life, here’s a method that I’ve used for several years. It’s yours, if you want to give it a try. Best wishes for Your New Year!
~excerpt from the poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley
“…I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”