New Year’s Intentional Resolutions

Intentional goals

2016 flew by.  I blinked, maybe sneezed and suddenly January became December, Christmas was all wrapped up then unwrapped and before I knew it here I am on the second day of a new year.  I had some New Year’s Resolutions last year, and the year before and managed to keep many of them.  2017 sees me upping my game on what was a spectacular 2016 and with this comes more accountability and being intentional.


Accountability is my watch word combined with being intentional.  With this in mind I have a handful of very deliberate, quite challenging resolutions that as a writer and author I need to do and keep.

  1.  Make Each Day Count –  every day must show something that has been accomplished
  2. Write 1,000 words per day on Space Ranger Fred –  the plan for 2o17 is to have 9 more books completed, including a Christmas story
  3. Write at least 1,000 words per day on The Prodagalist – I went to USA to “find” this and the latter part part 2016 was the wrong sort of busy
  4. Write 1,000 words per day to conclude my novel “The seed shepherd” – 2017 needs to see this published
  5. Write 2 more Sunnygate farm books
  6. Spend even more time with my son
  7. Make 1 hour of quiet time everyday
Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue – Now on Amazon

These are 7 simple resolutions and I am making myself accountable.  To ensure each is kept I have to change, and herein lies the reason why so many people struggle with New Year’s Resolutions.  Many of us struggle or are not willing to change and thus we remain the same. Success and achievement are about growth, I have to grow to change and change to do what I have put down in writing. I need to change some habits, stop some habits and create some new habits, and part of this is my faith and having a little bit more quiet time than ever before.  I need to manage my time a lot better and I have been shown and taught how to that, 2017 will just mean being more intentional about it. 2017 is a year for me grow, it is a year for you to grow too.

Inside all this is my health, I took a nasty knock in July 2016 and it changed my life completely. When my heart came close to stopping I woke up. I can do all the above but will have to pace myself, 2017 is a marathon not a sprint and my health will be a top priority in the year ahead. To keep the resolutions I will need energy and time and both of those will come by making the intentional changes I need to make. My diet will improve further,  water intake will increase as what I eat and drink is what also recharges the batteries.

2017 is going to be an amazing year with a further and more abundant outpouring of blessings. 2016 ended on a nice high and this looks set to continue in the 12 month that now sit in wait for me, I say bring it on!

Posted on: January 2, 2017, by : Matthew Newnham

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