Are you the kind of person who sets resolutions each year?
I am. In fact, every year I spend a couple days looking back over the previous year in a sort of “annual review” and then decide what I want to accomplish in the coming year. More than anything else, this process helps me reach bigger goals and continue to improve. By sifting through my priorities and attempting to distill down what is most important, I gain a lot of clarity and direction. This helps me keep things going when the inevitable road blocks come up.
What will you focus on in 2014?
When it comes to writing and self-publishing your own book, you know there’s so much you need to do to make it all happen. I wrote a book to help you do that. The most important thing is to spend time to plan ahead and set big goals for yourself.
This doesn’t just apply to your writing career either. Personal goals are just as important. If you’re not sure where to get started, I’d recommend Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review. This is a phenomenal resource to help you dig deep and gain insight into all the things you hope to accomplish (on both a personal and professional level). He’s even got a helpful spreadsheet to get you started.
How are you going to grow this year?
As a personal challenge, you might want to share this with everyone you know! Post it on your Facebook page or include it in your next email to your mailing list. It’s one more opportunity for you to share the story of writing your book and build deeper connections with potential customers.
And you never know who’s listening. The help you need—the marketing guru, the reliable copyeditor, the graphic designer—may be in your audience already.
But the most important thing of all is to live your dreams. That’s what 2014 should be all about. If publishing a book is your dream – now is the time. And I’ve got just the thing to help motivate you:
I received a poster of the incredible Holstee Manifesto from one of them the other day. It brought tears to my eyes because – well, I should let you read it yourself:
This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.
TRAVEL OFTEN; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities come only once; seize them.
Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.
So, in 2014 I plan to read this every day. A try to live it EVERY. DAY.
I wish you luck, love and happiness in the new year!