New Year’s Resolutions – Using the KISS Technique.

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again when resolutions get made, but personally, I’ve never been any good at keeping them.  Like everyone else, I start off with good intentions, but I’m usually lucky if they live to see past the end of March.  Either I’m just completely hopeless at keeping them, or I’m choosing the wrong resolutions at the wrong time.  This is why I usually ignore them and just review my year’s progress every birthday instead.

As some of you would already know, 2011 was such a lousy year on the personal front, that I believe 2012 will make up for it.  This year, I’ve come up with some simple resolutions I believe should be applied every year.

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Healthy body, healthy mind (believe me, I could do with losing a few kilos, and the exercise will do my brain good).
  • Just do it! (I have a tendency to spend too much time thinking about my writing and writing projects, instead of just getting on with it).
  • Ignore the progress of others, unless I need some inspiration.
  • Attend some writing classes and conferences, as well as read books on writing to help keep the fire going.
  • Send work out to publications/publishers – you don’t know how things will work out unless you try.

As you can see, when it comes to resolutions, I’m a strong believer in the KISS technique.  By keeping them simple, if you stray off the path a bit, it’s so much easier to get back on it again.

Have you made any new year resolutions?  Are you aiming high this year or are you planning to keep it simple?

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8 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions – Using the KISS Technique.

  1. I’ve learned to call them goals instead of resolutions — it seems to help. Those seem do-able. Definitely keeping them simple is one of the keys. All the best to you in the new year!

    1. Debbie Johansson 02/01/2012 — 2:33 am

      Hi Elizabeth Anne – see why I suck at new year’s resolutions! 😉

      I thought I’d keep things simple this year, so that these will become a habit in order to work my way up to the ‘bigger’ things. Best wishes for the new year!

  2. I totally agree about keeping them simple. And never compare yourself to others, I mean those before you are treading where they’ve never been before. At least trailing behind you can pick their brains 🙂 (hopefully!) There is never a finished date on writing either, which is a difficult thing to accept. Hope you have an awesome year!

    1. Debbie Johansson 02/01/2012 — 2:38 am

      Hi Catherine. It can be very difficult to ignore the progress of others – my curiosity always tends to get the better of me! I aim to use that curiosity for inspiration from now on. Best wishes to you and your family for 2012. 🙂

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  5. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for sharing your new year’s resolutions/goals. My goals for 2012 are much more on a personal level (health, fitness, fun) but I do have quite a few writing goals such as enter in competitions, attend conferences, and keep sending out manuscripts. Best Wishes for a wonderful year 🙂

    1. Debbie Johansson 09/01/2012 — 6:09 am

      Hi Renee. Our new year’s resolutions sound pretty similar really, both personal and writing-wise. Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best with them and I hope you have a very rewarding new year. 🙂

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