Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

Just One Goal

by Cheryl Hollon

For my New Year’s Resolution, I’ve given up New Year’s Resolutions.

At this time of year, most of us have a list of resolutions that read a bit like this:

Save Money
Exercise
Lose Weight
Make New Friends
Find Love

Every January, I would bring out my programming and organizational skills and set up clear, measurable, and achievable goals by splitting them up into smaller tasks to be achieved monthly, weekly, daily – you get the drift. That worked well until about the middle of February when something would happen to send me off track and I never got back. The next thing – it’s New Year’s again.

For the past few years, I’ve used a new approach for self-improvement goals. I only set one goal for the year. Yes, just one. And, even more anti-analysis, it isn’t particularly measurable.

I started this about five years ago when I was trying to get an agent and struggling to write while working full time. Getting to the ONE thing that might help me, I came up with WRITE EVERYDAY. That’s it. No word count targets. No totaling up time spent. Nothing else but simply to write every single day. Yes or No.

Last year’s goal was BE KIND. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Not if you have a quick retort to almost any remark that, you can probably guess, might not be particularly kind. I wanted to fix that. I reminded myself in e-mails, conversations, and especially in the middle of family drama to BE KIND. I’m a more thoughtful person this year because I thought more about what I said.

This year I’m going to work on FOCUS. I have a tendency to be easily distracted and can start more than a dozen tasks without making much progress on any of them. By limiting my focus on what really must be done – in good time – I think I can achieve more with less stress.

If you selected only ONE goal for 2019, what would it be?

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