Forgive me, but I'm going to write from the heart here.
Let me begin by saying that I LOVE starting a new year. It's so exciting to have this very symbolic turn of the page or cleaning of the slate. I love looking back on the year that has passed and assessing my challenges, successes, and progress, and then setting my goals and intentions for the new year.
This time around is no different for me, but I see a pattern among my writing groups. I'm seeing a lot more positive attitudes than I did last year, yet there is still too much regret.
"Where did 2019 go?"
"I didn't get as much done as I wanted."
"I didn't write as much as I intended."
"I can't wait for the new year."
Our year is not a race, it's not a competition, it's not a game to see how much you can get done--at least not when it hurts you to fall short of your target.
Every year, month, week, day, and minute we have a choice to start fresh. You can have a new start anytime you need one. Maybe the last hour didn't go well for you, so take a deep breath, recenter, and start fresh. The new hour might have the best news waiting for you, or the most productivity, or a spike in sales.
So let me get super clear here about what I think is going to make the biggest difference for ANYONE in 2020. We all want to keep moving up, right? Keep making things better?
If yes, then that means we have to be different than we were last year (month/week/day/hour).
There was a great post by one of the Sprinters in our free writing group. She had been working through her 2020 Author's Planner when she came across the question: "How would achieving your authorship goals and vision change your life?"