Saturday, January 5, 2013

What is your resolution?

It’s that time of year when you make a resolution to improve yourself and become a better person.  The most popular being to shed excess pounds. By summer you'll have a flat tummy, fit into the bathing suit you saw your favorite movie star wearing and become a babe (or hunk) magnet.  But then you fall flat on your face.

Maybe you’re going to write that high concept novel you’ve been telling your friends about.  Churn out 100,000 words over the next year, land a literary agent and get the big publishing contract.  Book signings. Fat royalty checks. Offers to make the movie. The sweet scent of success. Near the end of the year the words still lay dormant in your brain.

Or what about the unfinished project in the basement?  The plan to stop smoking?  Take a trip? Save lots of money? Eat more healthy foods? Learn a new language?  And the list goes on and on.

The problem is most of those big New Year Resolutions fail big.  Like plans to climb the Matterhorn, the terrain becomes rocky and the ascent treacherous.  It’s easier to just talk about it or better yet just drop the whole plan. But then novels would never get written, and pounds never lost, and self-improvements never accomplished.

My dad had a saying: “Never promise what you’ll do tomorrow, because it’s always today.” The point is to do it now.  Write something. Make one good day of dieting. Lay off the cigarettes for the day. Then when tomorrow comes, plan what you’ll do today. 

Ron D. Voigts is the author of CLAWS OF THE GRIFFIN available in the Spring of 2013 from Cool Well Press Check out his Penelope Mysteries available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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