Every year I make resolutions about what I’m going to do for the new year, and every year I fall off the wagon sometime in mid-January, maybe February. However, despite all of these failures, I keep trying, because I have learned that eventually things seem to arbitrarily click into place. My best example of this in the realm of reading. For years I had a horrible habit of starting a book and not finishing it, not because the book was bad, or boring, but because I was distracted by the Internet. In an effort to break this habit, I started compiling a list of the books I successfully finished, but my lack of dedication to books created a lack of dedication to that list… until the summer of 2013, at which point I redesigned the list and tried again. This time, for some reason, it worked: in 2013 I completed thirteen books (eleven of which during the six months after the list redesign), and in 2014 I completed forty-three. There are no signs of me slowing down for 2015, either.
So here are my 2015 resolutions, and let’s see what sticks.
- Write 300-500 words in a novel every day. It’s been… almost a decade since I last actually finished a rough draft of a novel. I have had teachers say that the best way to become a good writer is to write every day, I’ve read books that say that writers write, but I always hold myself back with self-criticism and fear of rejection… even though I’m the only one reading the rough draft. My resolution, therefore, is to write 300-500 words a day so I can get my stories done.
Write a post for The Kokiri Reader every day. My self-criticism and fear of rejection are the main culprits for holding this blog back for 2014, a year in which I posted a grand total of… 10 posts. (I have a number of drafts sitting in the WordPress dashboard, unpublished.) The good news is that I’m beginning to get over it: I’ve had some articles published in the college newspaper, and the emails I receive from WordPress about you liking posts and/or following the blog are quite encouraging as well. I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea that I don’t need to worry about people liking what I write, because with a worldwide population like we have, the odds are in my favor that somebody is going to. This of course ties into Resolution #1. The goal for the blog in 2015 is to alternate daily between original articles and collection posts. So far I seem to be doing okay with that.
Read through the entire Bible. This is one of those stop-in-mid-January things that I go through every single blasted year. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read the book of Genesis, because every single entire-Bible plan starts there, no matter how they try to divide the Bible into digestible sections. Every year I try something different and every year I fall behind and give up. This year, I’m trying the M’Cheyne reading plan accompanied by D.A. Carson’s commentary to go along with it, For the Love of God, Volume One. I’ve also thrown in Charles Spurgeon’s daily devotional Morning and Evening because christianaudio.com has the audiobook available for free this month.
Stop procrastinating. It’s common knowledge amongst college students that we procrastinate. I am particularly bad at it. In 2014 I somehow managed to get worse, causing me no end of stress and headaches and mentally declaring “enough already! I need to stop doing this to myself!” sometime at the beginning of December. I’ve already had some successes in the past month; hopefully that will continue.
Those are my four big resolutions for the year. I’m keeping it at four so it’s manageable, and the progress I make in these areas should naturally lead to successes in other areas not mentioned here.
Here’s to a successful 2015!