Resolutions or Goals

Well, it’s a New Year and time for resolutions.

I don’t know about you but the older I get I’ve decided that resolutions need to be repackaged and branded differently. I mean, how many of us stick to those things we want to do? Resolutions sounds old and tired. And maybe it’s because of what the word means.

According to Merriam Webster the word resolution means: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem; the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones.  Well, I don’t know about you but that’s not really what I had in mind when writing down my resolutions. I’m not looking for the answer, the answer is what I’ve written down such as write a 50K book a month.

Now, if I’m smart I do the second part of the definition anyway. I’ve taken that problem and I’ve broken it down into the parts that will fulfill my commitment to the resolution. Only by doing one step at a time will one actually do what’s required to complete the resolution.

However, I’d rather call them goals as opposed to resolutions. Resolution implies that there’s a problem to fix instead of a task to be completed, a goal to be reached. I commit to complete the items on my list and believe me, my list is long this year and the majority of it involves completing various writing projects.

Still, no matter what I call it, I have to apply one major principle to get them complete: I have to sit my bottom down in my chair and write. Each and every day. And so far, so good…how about you?

Have you written down your goals for to yourself? Are you working on them every day? Are you on the right path to your happiness? I can truthfully say this year, I am. And I will complete each and every one.

See you all next month!

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About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at,, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at

4 Responses to Resolutions or Goals

  1. I like the idea of a goal much better than a resolution too. This year I’ve taken to using a paper planner instead of using the electronic one on my phone – and I made sections for long-term goals, short-term goals and immediate goals. I let you know at the end of the year how they worked out 😉

  2. Lynn Crain says:

    I love planners. I have a lot of them but have found over the years that I’m a list person. The best planner I’ve ever used has been the Franklin Planner. It had a task list, your appointment list and various other lists. Since I’m out of the country and can’t really get a Franklin Planner, I’ve resorted to a task list that I do every night before I go to bed. As long as I follow it, I’m good to go.

    Can’t wait to hear how yours works for you.

  3. Jennifer Shirk says:

    I say goals too. Resolutions make me feel as if I won’t complete them. LOL

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