Goals and Affirmations

Last Saturday in my Range Writers monthly meeting, we talked about setting goals and affirmations instead of making New Year’s resolutions. The difference is that a resolution is vague, i.e. I will lose weight. A goal is more specific. For example, you can set a goal to clean out your garage by the end of the month. During our meeting, we each wrote down several goals we want to accomplish during the year. Here’s my list.

  1. In November, I participated in the poem-a-day chapbook challenge on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog. My chapbook has been assembled, and I already sent it to one publisher. I plan to send it it to as many others as possible by the end of the month.
  2. I’ve also put together a collection of short stories and will have it ready to submit for publication by the end of February.
  3. I’ll send my collection of short stories to as many publishers as possible by the end of March.
  4. I will have written another poetry chapbook by the end of April. I say this because Robert Lee Brewer will have another poem-a-day challenge on his Poetic Asides blog in April, and I will participate in that.
  5. I’ll revise and send my second poetry chapbook to as many publishers as possible by the end of June.

I’ve set other weekly and monthly goals. I’ll post to my blog at least once a week and keep up with other blogs I follow on a regular basis. I’ll write one poem at least once a week. I say this because Robert Lee Brewer posts a poetry prompt every Wednesday on his Poetic Asides Blog so that will give me the inspiration I need. I’ll also try to write at least one short story a month. I also write for a blog called Writing Wraanglers and Warriors, and I’ll post to that once or twice a month as needed.

During the Range Writers meeting after determining our goals, we wrote at least one affirmation. An affirmation is a positive statement pertaiing to a goal. For example, if you set a goal to clean out your garage by the end of the month, one affirmation might be that it would be nice to drive your car into the garage without hitting anything. For my goal of sending my poetry chapbook to as many publishers as possible by the end of the month, my affirmation is that I love the way my chapbook is put together, how the poems seem to flow from one to the next, yet vary in subject matter.

Now it’s your turn. See if you can come up with a list of goals you want to accomplish for the year. Be specific. Set a time frame for each goal as I did above. Then, see if you can come up with an affirmation for each goal. These goals don’t have to be written in stone. If you don’t accomplish what you set out to do by the deadline, it’s no big deal. You can always change them. Please feel free to share your goals and affirmations in the comment box below. I hope you all have a prosperous new year in which all your goals are accomplished.

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome and How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

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