Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Resolutions vs Objectives

Well, 2009 is here and like most people I think about resolutions for the New Year. Of late I've come to believe that resolutions are doomed to failure as soon as they are made; so I choose to set yearly objectives.

So, you may ask, what's the difference? Well, a resolution is defined as: A resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. An objective, on the other hand, is something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish. I've never seen anyone develope a plan for a resolution. Objectives on the other hand usually involve some sort of plan or course of action. So that being said, here are a list of my objectives for 2009.

1. Stop procratinating and WRITE! My style of late has been prolonged periods of procrastination, intermixed with frenetic periods of writing. The problem is obvious, the former out numbers the latter.

2. Expand my network of writers and people in the industry. I've already started on this one by signing up on and building my list of friends.

3. Take time to touch bases with old friends.

4. Finish the novel I started last fall!

Tom Peters, a reknowned motivational speaker, once stated, "If you have more than three or four objectives and/or priorities, you have none..." So there are my four objectives for 2009. How will I achieve them? That's a topic for another blog!


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