A new year is on its way, and I'm ready for it with my 2013 goals. I'm also ready, to the best of my ability, to eliminate the mistakes I committed in 2012. What won't I be doing in 2013?
Taking the path of least resistance
Laziness doesn't do a damn thing for me. It doesn't get my house clean. It doesn't get an article written. It doesn't get a chapter in a novella completed. It doesn't get the laundry done. It doesn't get an exercise routine achieved.
Some people enjoy laziness, and some are even proud to be lazy. I'm not one of those people.
I'm a hard working person, and I want to remain a hard working person. Yes, there's relaxation time in my life, but most of the time I'm working, a lot of hours - and I like that. It keeps me going and it keeps me moving forward. In 2013, I'm keeping away from the lure of the lazy life.
Befriending nut jobs
Sometimes a person needs to be on medication. Sometimes a person needs counseling. Sometimes a person needs to do whatever is necessary to fix their fucked-up situation. If you friend a fucked-up person who is aware that he or she needs to make changes, but he or she doesn't want to do much to achieve changes, you've got a nut job on your hands. If you tell the nut job you don't want to listen to them whine anymore, or if you finally decide to ignore the whining, the nut job probably won't take it well.
I've met a number of nut jobs on Facebook or in writer's forums. Most of them are no longer "friends." I have about one or two left. That's more than enough. In 2013, I don't intend to friend anymore nut jobs, because dealing with such people is exhausting.
Getting involved in the wrong situations
"Life is the sum of all your choices." ~ Albert Camus
Many of the mistakes we make are due to our own goof-ups. In 2013, before I enter into a situation, whatever it is, I want to make sure I think it through. There's never a reason to have an unorganized, unfufilling, unhappy life if you make the right decisions.
Spending too much money
Budgets are good for me. They keep me on track and prevent me from spending more money than I should. My husband and I don't have money problems, but that doesn't mean I should spend willy-nilly. In 2013, before I spend money, I want to make sure I should be spending it.
Waiting too long to submit the next book
Conan, the second book in The M Series, should be out by now. It's not, because I took too long to write it. This has been a lesson learned. If you're writing a series, be sure to get the books out in a timely manner. Your readers will be asking for your next book, and if you don't have it ready, that's not a good thing. In 2013, I plan to stay on track and stick to my schedule for writing books and submitting books.
What will you work to avoid in 2013?
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