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New Year’s Resolutions

As originally posted on Book Marketing Services by me.

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Like millions of other people around the globe, this is the time of the year that I take time to reflect on the past year and set my intentions for the New Year. I have an idyllic picture of what I can accomplish in the next twelve months. I believe that if I put our mind to it, I can check off everything on my new and improved resolutions list. I look at improving myself on all levels: personal health, both physical and mental well being; financial health; career development; the list can be endless and include anything that I think I would like to improve upon in the New Year.

A few years ago, I had stopped making New Year’s resolutions as I never seem to carry through on them. I would start off with all of the best intentions and then life seemed to take over and all of my good intentions just seemed to vanish. I think I will start again tomorrow and then, tomorrow comes and I say to myself, not today, tomorrow.

This year, I would like to make a change and set realistic and achievable goals. A number of my resolutions will be the same as in the past. Writing this blog is one of them. I would like to continue blogging. Each year I say I am going to write one blog per month and after a couple of months my blog writing fizzles out. I spend hours trying to come up with topics that I think would be of interest to others. Once I have a topic, I spend several more hours fretting over the content. The whole process is exhausting for me and in the end, I just give up on blogging.

The same is true with social media. I have a fear of putting myself out there and interacting with others in the virtual world. I go on the social media sites all prepared to make a comment or post something and then something stops me and I only get as far as liking or sharing someone else’s postings. I have done a lot of reading about how to and when to post on sites and think I am ready to post, to overcome my fear and then once on a site, I freeze.

Heather and I promote both blogging and social media for the authors we work with. We explain that after a virtual book blog tour, it is important to keep up with the blogging and social media in order to keep your new readers interested. It is now time to follow through on our instructions to others.

Will 2015 be different? I am setting that intention. I know that I have to put my resolutions in writing and share them with others. Letting others know of my intentions holds me accountable. I also need to make sure that they are realistic and achievable. I am also aware that I will never be perfect and that is not the intent of these goals. They are an outline of what I intend to accomplish and a way to hold me to those intentions.

Completing this blog allows me to check off a goal that was on my resolutions list from last year and starts me off on the right foot for the New Year.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that you would like to share or a special technique that you use to document your intentions so that you will stick to them? Please feel free to share them with us here.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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