There is something irresistible about a new year. All that possibility ahead, the promise of another chance to claim the year as your own.
After making, achieving (and breaking) more New Year’s resolutions than I can count, I’ve learned to make them measurable, pleasurable and likely.
Measureable is the territory of the left brain—but creatives ignore it at their peril. The need to measure crosses over to the right brain so you can feel your achievement. As your scorecard ticks up, it feeds your energy and desire for more. The key is to measure it in something that resonates for you and you alone. What’s the coin you most value?
The most-likely-to-come-to-fruition resolutions are—at their core—pleasurable, even if not every step feels wonderful in the doing. Keeping your mind firmly focused on the pleasurable outcomes can get you through the temporary temptations to side-track or sabotage. Case in point: Instead of agonizing over expanding your media presence (and doing nothing), focus on how good it feels to share your wisdom. And then write a blog post, film a video or grant an interview. Build your body of work, piece by piece. Find a way to enjoy the process or you won’t do it.
But the real key to success is to make your resolutions likely. Not pie-in-the-sky pipedreams, but realistic, achievable desires if you do the work you set out for yourself. So “become an overnight sensation” in your niche may be too much of a reach. But being “a sought-after media source on (fill in the blank)” could be just up your alley.
Don’t stop dreaming big. Just break it down into measurable, pleasurable and likely and you just might surprise yourself.