A lot of people will make New Year’s resolutions for a variety of things. Some want to lose weight while others dream about publishing a book.
In fact, fitness trends skyrocket on Google from January through March.
However, it takes more than just setting goals to see what you want to come to fruition. Without a plan of action and the willingness to put in the effort, those fantastic New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than empty dreams.
What Steps Are You Going to Take?
Let’s say that you want to lose 40 pounds and hit your goal weight this year. Well, that’s a common resolution for an incredible amount of people. But what you need to ask yourself is what are you going to do to reach that goal?
Are you willing to make changes to your lifestyle to lose weight? Are you willing to push yourself to go to the gym after paying for the membership?
Everything you want to accomplish requires motivation, dedication, and perseverance. Because without these, you’re more likely to fail. These are all part of having a decent plan of action to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.
For example, one of my goals is to write more words in 2023 than I did in 2022. To accomplish this goal, I’ve already set up schedules for blogging, working on my next books, the stories I have on Wattpad and Inkitt, as well as scheduling more time for Vocal Media.
These are set parts of my day that I have set up in the Asana project management app. I love using Asana as it helps me create blocks of time throughout my day and reminds me of what needs to be done.
Each day, I will work on the projects while adding to the overall word count that I write throughout the year. Then, because I am north of being a geek, I have my spreadsheet that will estimate how many words I’ve written throughout 2023.
That way, I am always focused on what I want to achieve.
What Will Motivate You to Succeed?
Motivation is one of the main factors for achieving any goal, whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or something you want to do this weekend. If you’re not motivated for success, you won’t accomplish much.
However, motivation doesn’t just drop into everyone’s lap. Some of us have to work exceptionally hard to hit certain milestones or accomplish daily tasks.
I know that I often struggle with motivation, especially after dealing with an unruly client.
A few ways that I maintain motivation throughout the week include:
- Remembering where I want to be this time next year.
- Reading past comments from blog and video subscribers. They remind me that I am helping others regardless of how I feel.
- Knowing that I won’t get to where I want to be unless I walk the path.
- Setting realistic goals to boost self-confidence.
- Relishing in every victory no matter how small. Because any win is still a win.
I have a path ahead of me of where I want my life to go. And I know that I won’t get to my destination unless I take steps to move forward. This is how I’ve grown my success over the years and why I’ve been a work-at-home freelancer since February 2013.
I was motivated to quit the job at the school district and put my talents to work.
How Much Dedication Will You Offer?
Dedication and motivation pretty much work in tandem. While it’s possible to have one without the other, they both contribute greatly to how quickly you’ll succeed at any given task.
For example, I am extremely dedicated to writing. As such, I often motivate myself to write in excess of 4,000 words per day, Monday through Friday. In fact, it’s common that I’ll hit more than 22,000 every week.
Keep in mind this is spread across five blogs, three YouTube channels, my next book, writing stories on various platforms, and the work I do for clients.
Dedication is why I am on the verge of breaking my latest record of the number of words written in a single year. Currently, it sits at 727,944 words set in 2021. I’m on track to break it by several thousand.
My point is that I’m dedicated to being a writer. This helps fuel motivation and effort to become the best version of myself I can be. Then again, I’m always working toward self-improvement in a variety of ways.
It’s just who I am.
Whether you’re looking to become a sensation on YouTube, build an amazing blog, or become TikTok famous, dedication to your chosen path is immensely beneficial.
How Will You Persevere When Things Go South?
Lastly, perseverance is a vastly important aspect of success. How you’re able to handle the bad influences how you’re able to achieve the good. And I see a lot of writers give up rather quickly when things don’t go their way.
Success in any genre, niche, or industry is never a guarantee. Sure, some things are quite a bit easier to break into, depending on the individual. But everyone will have that moment when things go south.
Are you keen on giving up when it gets rough, or will you use those moments to learn, grow, and persevere?
I believe a true “failure” is a situation in which you do not learn. Otherwise, it becomes a life lesson that improves your chances of success the next time you try.
Over the years, I’ve had plenty of these moments. In each instance, I’ve learned what needs to change and tried again.
Yes, there are some things that I constantly battle. For example, I am working on the sixth iteration of my 12-week fitness challenge. But each time, I learn a bit more about myself, what I need to change, and come up with a plan to succeed.
The bottom line is that I never give up. In fact, “Never give up, never surrender,” is a motto I promote quite a bit for WriterSanctuary.
The point of all this is to highlight how perseverance plays a key role in how you succeed. Just because something wrong happens, doesn’t mean it always will. Especially if you learn from your mistakes before trying again.
It Takes Effort to Achieve Your Goals
One of my favorite sayings is, “Put in a half-assed effort, expect a half-assed result.” This means you’ll get out of something what you put into it. And if you’re not putting in maximum effort to achieve your dreams, that’s all they’ll remain.
It’ll take more than just the bare minimum if you want grandiose things to happen. Don’t expect instant success, as most things worth having in life require hard work and dedication.
Just remember to not give up when things don’t work out right. Adapt and continue pushing forward.
About the Creator
I am the owner and operator of several blogs including WriterSanctuary.com. As a freelance writer since 2012, I have covered a range of topics and completed over 8,000 projects for clients. Follow me @WriterSanctuary on Twitter.