Happy New Year!
It’s resolution time again, and as usual I find myself itching to commit to a list of new projects–which I will later shrug off. Don’t you hate the guilt of trying and then failing? Having a one-word goal keeps things simple for me. In this way I focus not on the “dot” but on the “line” of accomplishment. The big picture.
For 2015, I chose ENGAGE. I needed to step out and join the conversation with social media. In spite of health setbacks, I made progress.
For 2016, I took on BUY IN. That is to say, it was time to put actual money into my writing. I feel like I dropped the ball many times this year, but looking back I see success. I finished, formatted, and indie-published a novel.
For 2017, my word is RELENTLESS. I’ll call this Bravery with Momentum.
It’s not about feeling brave–for as you know, I am a classic scaredy cat. RELENTLESS is about making progress every day, in spite of how inadequate (or worn out) I am feeling. It’s that “just keep going” thing. I bet you face this same battle.
We’ve had our share of ice this winter, a painful reminder of the danger of losing momentum. (It does not help that our city–all of Oregon, actually–does not salt the roads. Ever.) The street pictured is the main artery into our neighborhood. Davies does not seem difficult to navigate–until it’s icy. Then we all become aware that it’s actually a very long hill. The stop sign several blocks down becomes a real nail-biter.
Artistic momentum? Real life conspires to thrust a spoke into that wheel. During 2017 I will focus on being RELENTLESS to keep the writing process moving forward. After all, it’s been great fun to release a new book. My bank account thinks so too.
How about you? Would you like to choose a word for 2017? Check out MyOneWord.org.