Evolution is the natural process by which organisms change in tiny, unseen, gradual steps that lead to significant alterations spurring the necessity to reclassify or create a new species profile for the evolved organism. The primary point of this definition of evolution is the fact that these steps are minuscule and happen over millions of years. Nothing wakes up one morning and is completely different than they were the night before.
Bearing this in mind, my resolution for this year is to begin the process of evolving into a productive, organized, and prosperous businesswoman with regards to my novels. I think they're good, others think they're good, but all that goodness doesn't help if I never market, or sit in the chair and type the words, or take the time needed to conduct the business of being in business. That's setting me up for disaster, and failure, and a Dodgeball* style audit that I have no hope of surviving.
So, I got myself a planner that is forcing me to record my goals, the steps necessary to achieve them, and holds me accountable for my progress. And I have to say, it's pretty cool, and absolutely fucking terrifying. I'm getting organized. My week now has specific times to focus on specific tasks that step ever closer to my higher evolved self.
I am being realistic in this endeavor. I know I will stumble. There will be days when I go completely off track. There will be attempts that far embarrassingly short of the mark. Evolution is like that, just look at the mosquito. (Really, nature? I mean, seriously? A flying, biting insect that spreads disease and itchy bumps and serves no other purpose whatsoever? You're a jerk!) It may be an ugly process full of set backs and false starts. It may hurt and crush my self-esteem at times, but I can stick it out, I am strong enough to survive, and this fuzzy little worm will become a butterfly.
What are your views on resolutions? Do you make them only at the new year? Or, throughout the year?
*Dodgeball is an awesome movie that is just the perfect amount of inappropriate and random. I own nothing but an unrated version of the DVD. No copyright infringement is intended. But, if you busted out your magnifying glass to read this far, get a bigger screen, then watch the movie. Beer helps.