New Year, Not New Me

Today is the last day of 2019. In less than three hours, we will cross the boundary between this year and the next. Many people will get on social media to proclaim things like “New year, new me” and make lists of their New Year’s Resolutions.

I have nothing against making goals, but to me, goals and resolutions are different things. Very similar, but different. To me, a goal is is something you plan to accomplish over the course of time, whether or not emotions are involved. Resolutions are emotion-driven and last only as long as the motivation that inspired them lasts. Maybe they didn’t start that way, but that’s what they seem to be now – for most people anyway. It’s why the gyms are full to overflowing in January but are back to normal in February.

I like myself, so I don’t need a “new me”, but I don’t want to stagnate either. I choose to grow. So here are my goals for this new year:

  1. Become more consistent in my daily time reading the Bible and praying.
  2. Actually use my planner to make my life less stressful and easier to keep track of.
  3. Write more – here, in my novels, in my idea notebook, etc.

I plan to write another post tomorrow about my word for the new year. Last year I chose a word for the year for the first time, and I decided I wanted to do it again. But more on that tomorrow.

See you next year!

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