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Celaine Charles ~ My journey as a writer ~ Author site:

Thursday Thoughts About Writing (on Sunday): Goals!

Who needs a little encouragement to start off the new year ahead? I do…did! Every year I reassess where I’ve been, how I’ve grown, and then set new goals for the year ahead. Here are the 3 easy steps that keep me focused during New Year’s Resolution time:

  1. Reflect
  2. Celebrate (don’t skip this step)
  3. Plan

I made this quick new year’s post for my Instagram account last Thursday. Here’s where you can find the original post, and thought it might be nice to share in this space.

As you can see in my short and sweet Instagram post above, I actually listed my accomplishments for the year 2021 to REFLECT. Regardless of how much a writer or creative achieves isn’t everything. It’s also important to realize the tiniest steps taken that may have helped along the way. This is purely a time for reflection and analysis. Were goals set into motion? What worked? What slowed down the process? Any information helping to achieve a larger-scale goal counts! Write everything down and think about how it helped or hindered.

Then, of course, CELEBRATE! Often, artists growing bigger goals forget this part, or think waiting until the “end result” to revel is the way to go. But sometimes when those larger moments arrive, the next big thing already demands attention. Or what if goals shift and look differently by the end? Stop and celebrate every small step along the creative journey. It matters!

Finally, set aside time to generate and PLAN new and continued goals for the year ahead. This, as well as all the steps listed above, is proven in research…just google goal-setting. I wrote down some hefty goals for myself, and I will post them in my writing office where I can see them every day. Out of sight, out of mind…so I make sure to look at them often.

There you go! Three steps to resolving the new year. Cheers to all your creative endeavors (past, present, and future)!

Happy Writing (because at least you’re writing),

Celaine Charles (January 2, 2022)

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