Be it resolved
by Jessa Slade on December 29th, 2008

Currently working on: Book2 of The Marked Souls
Mood: Avoiding a cold via massive satsuma infusions

I recently heard a report about a Scientific Study on New Year’s resolutions that found 40+% of people who made resolutions were still pursuing their resolution six months later, compared to 4% of people who had stated goals that did not coincide with the annual ritual of resolutions.

There’s just something about the cleansing effects of a new year to get the hopeful juices of ambition flowing.

Whether you call it a resolution, a goal, a blood oath, whatever, the Experts suggest that including certain elements will increase the likelihood of success.  These elements form the clever acronym SMART.  Tragically, the Experts immediately went out and assigned multiple meanings to their clever acronym, which makes it less SMART.  But it’s still usable.

A SMART resolution is:

  • S: specific, significant, stretching
  • M: measurable, meaningful, motivational
  • A: agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented, accountable
  • R: realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
  • T: time-based, timely, tangible, trackable

Those are all great suggestions — along with the ideas that you should write your resolution down and tell a friend who will hold your feet to the flames support your endeavor — but I’d like to add a few more muddying adjectives to your goal-setting.

Because I can’t get enough of adjectives.

S = Spectacular, siren, stellar
The Experts say your resolution should be sensible.  Right.  Because sensible gets you out of bed in the morning. 

M = Machiavellian, metamorphic, menacing
Hate to say it, but you will encounter obstacles in your resolution.  You will need to be clever and maybe cruel to pursue your resolution.

A = Arrogant, argent, awful
By awful, I mean awe-ful.  That grand, shining, full-of-yourself awe-full-ness will light your way.

S = Silent, serpentine, singular
In the end, you make your way on your own.  Friends and family can cheer you on, but you are the one with the resolution.

H = Headlong, hazardous, hellacious
This is your chance, your life.  You’ll make it happen.

So, okay, yeah, I changed the mnemonic device too.  Because it’s probably not SMART to think you can tackle your dreams just because you say so; but maybe you can SMASH your way there.

Where are you going in 2009?  What do you have to SMASH through to get there?

6 comments to “Be it resolved”

  1. 1

    So I can have a spectacular, Machiavellian, arrogant, serpentine, hellacious goal. I like it! Just the thing to convince me to get up from the comfy chair and off to work (and I think showing up at the job is about all the goal-setting I can handle this morning …)

  2. 2

    I love your idea of SMASH! In 2009, I resolve to SMASH my way to my dream of selling my first book and writing my second. (And to enjoy each day along the way:)

    “This is your chance, your life. You’ll make it happen.” –I plan to post this on my wall above the computer for motivation.

  3. 3

    Hmmm… I’d love to SMASH my way into publication, but that’s partially out of my control. So I’ll just continue to spectacularly continue the metamorphosis of the arrogance I need to silently dive headlong into another book. On second thought, I plan to push myself to finish the next book without interruption.

  4. 4


    You sound suspiciously like an Expert. :grin:

    Excellent advice! I need to cut it out, and tape it to the edge of my monitor.


  5. 5

    Physician, heal thyself. I’m on to chapter 11 after being stuck in the snow for, ahem, awhile. Yay, New Year!

  6. 6

    Hmmm…I had no idea that New Year’s resolutions worked so well. That’s interesting.

    BTW, I just found you all via a comment left over at AAR. Am getting all kinds of new reading ideas….

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