January 1. What an intimidating day. Society has put so much emphasis on starting over today, becoming a new person. Or maybe just becoming the person you've always thought you should be, if only you had the time.

I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us have made resolutions at some point in our lives. This year, I'm going to lose weight/read more/finally learn how to cook. It's also pretty safe to say that most of us have made resolutions that have fallen to the wayside.

The thing about resolutions is they don't fulfill themselves. There were plenty of times in past years I resolved to lose weight, but that didn't actually happen until I shaped my lifestyle around it. The same goes for writing—I'm only able to be productive as a writer because I've made it a part of my lifestyle. It is never a question of if I will spend time writing, but when.

If you truly want to accomplish something this year that you haven't before, you have to make it a part of your everyday life. If it were easy to lose weight, we'd all look like supermodels. If it were easy to write and publish books, we'd all be Stephen King. When we see the results of someone else's hard work, there's a tendency to think it happened overnight. But every accomplishment in life requires work—that's just the way it is. 

The real question is, how much of your time are you willing to sacrifice to get the results you want? Once you have that figured out, your resolutions will slowly start to become reality.



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