Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Years Resolutions

Ana muses on resolutions.

The News app on my smartphone has presented multiple articles on why people can't, or don't, keep the resolutions they make on New Year's Day. A resolution is "affective forecasting." We feel good in the moment we make the resolution because we predict that we'll feel just as good about it in the future.

But the human mind compartmentalizes the present from the future. We can't lose twenty pounds by simply envisioning our slim self. We have to get up every day and not eat that sweet roll for breakfast. Get on the treadmill. We don't inherently have the resolve to achieve our goals unless we change our habits.

My goal for 2017 is to write every day. (I've given up hope for shedding twenty pounds.) To work on my WIP until I reach the end. I have no idea when that will be. All I can do is get up and write one word after another.

I'm envious of writers who produce multiple books per year. They are like marathon runners to me.
I can't run a marathon yet, but I'm training with daily workouts. Short writing sprints that are becoming easier. That's my resolution.

Gotta go write now.


  1. In the past I've rephrased 'goal' to be 'an attempt'. For whatever reason, just changing the wording a bit puts on a little less pressure (for me) and I tend to accomplish more. Just one of those mind over matter things I'm sure.

    Good luck with your resolution/goal/attempt!!

  2. Good luck to you, Ana. It's like exercising, once you get going, you'll be fine.

  3. Good luck! I've not made any resolutions, or even listed any goals - apart from keep on writing!

  4. best wishes for 2017 and I hope your writing goes well