Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Top 10 Resolutions for 2013

A short and simple post today. (Perhaps I should resolve to do that more often?)

I'm not one who usually makes resolutions. 2012 was the first year in decades I made any at all.  I made two, both relating to my first book.  I accomplished them.  Spurred by that success, I'm making ten for the New Year.

In 2013, I'm making resolutions that I can accomplish.  Goals just vague enough that failure requires more effort than success, and important enough that success is not optional. 

My resolutions this year are single word verbs, active verbs.  And in no particular order, they are:
Make Resolutions That Matter
  • Improve
  • Progress
  • Encourage
  • Appreciate
  • Persist
  • Believe
  • Enjoy 
  • Inspire
  • Entertain
  • Love
Sometimes, single word goals are the most difficult.  Not because they're vague or undefined, but because they're encompassing and require commitment in all aspects of life. 

I measure personal success by these verbs. And I resolve to accomplish them all.

38 comments:

  1. So many of those are a part if who you are already. Blessings to you in the coming year.

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    1. How did I ever warrant being surrounded by such wonderful people? Thanks, Julie! I hope blessings find their way to you as well.

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  2. I agree with Julie. You've given yourself a head start. Smart man.

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    1. That's kind of you to say. In truth, I need all the head start I can get! :)

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  3. Those are the kind of goals I like. Good luck this year, hope it's successful for you.

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    1. And to you, Sara. May success find us all this year.

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  4. Jeff, these might just be the best resolutions I've seen. Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year!

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    1. And the same wishes right back to you and your family, Cristina.

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  5. I really like those single word goals, because (like you said) you can apply them to all aspects of life! Great thinking! And Happy New Year Jeff!

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    1. Happy New Year, Leigh! Yes, those single word goals encompass quite a bit.

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  6. great verbs to live by!
    happy new year!

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    1. "Verbs to live by." I like that, Tara. Happy New Year!

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  7. Hang in there and accomplish all you hope for in 2013!

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    1. I will be pushing ever on to the mark, Terry. Best wishes for your New Year as well.

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  8. These are wonderful! I look forward to reading about your accomplishments in the coming year. Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. I look forward to writing about my accomplishments this year. LOL Best of fortunes in your endeavors as well.

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  9. You couldn't have selected ten better words, either.

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    1. And each was selected carefully. Here's to attaining our goals for 2013!

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  10. Jeff,

    Great list of goals...I am sure that you will achieve all of them today and every day from now on!

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    1. Thanks, Rob! That is definitely the intention. Hope 2013 greeted you well.

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  11. Hi Jeff,

    An excellent list and you have kept your goals realistic. May your words ring always with the profoundness of them. May the positive anticipation of a better, kinder, more caring world, be truly realised.

    Respect to you and all the best with your writing endeavours. A peaceful 2013 to you and your loved ones.

    In kindness and goodwill,

    Gary

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    1. How eloquently said, Gary. We must believe that the better, kinder, more caring world can be realized. And work towards it. Otherwise it never will be.

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on those results!

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  12. I think your resolution is touching. Happy New Year Jeff!

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    1. Thank you, Sheena! May we all have a wonderful 2013 (and beyond!)

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  13. This is by far the best New Years Resolution list I have seen yet!!
    And I think I will take them from you and strive to accomplish them also!!
    I hope you have a very successful and amazing 2013!!

    - Theresa Jones

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    1. Why thank you, Theresa. You're more than welcome to them. We can strive to accomplish them together! And may your 2013 be every bit as amazing and successful!

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  14. I love the idea of using action verbs as goals! Happy 2013 to you!

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    1. And to you as well, Nicole. Verbs imply action, but we writers know all to well how passive some verbs can be. ;-)

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  15. I love the simplicity of your ten goals. With the right attitude you could accomplish them in a day or two. ;) Happy New Year!

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    1. Wouldn't it be great if I could accomplish them every week or so? But some are more difficult than others, I think. Have a great New Year, Donna!

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  16. Congrats on accomplishing your 2012 goals. Love your new goals, a beautiful list. I wish you the best of luck.

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    1. Thanks, MaryAnn! Here's to a marvelous 2013!

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  17. Loving these single-word goals! I think even people with wordier resolutions, or no resolutions at all, try to achieve these very same things every year. Good luck!

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    1. You're no doubt right, Heather. I'm swinging the wide net this year! LOL

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  18. Great goals. Wishing you persistence in 2013 to achieve them.

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    1. I appreciate that, Cate. I guess it takes that goal (persist) to attain all the others--at least consistently. Hope your New Year is great!

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  19. What else can be said but.... Fulfill. :D

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    1. Ah! My mostest favoritest dragon has returned! And unscathed, I hope. :-) Your thundering directive is my command!

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