Elisabeth Naughton: New Year, New Resolution? 28

Thanks so much to Leah for having me here today. It’s great to be with you all to start 2010.

Since it’s the beginning of a New Year—and new decade—I have to ask: Are you a resolution person? Me? Not so much. I guess I figure if you’re going to do something, you do it. You don’t wait for January 1 to roll around so you can “start anew”. I know I’m in the minority on this one. Just check out how many people are suddenly at my neighborhood gym this week! But really, what’s the difference between today and last Monday?

Recently my stint as president for my local writers’ chapter came to a close. I’ve been around long enough now to see topic ideas recycled, and the biggest one most writers want more of is motivation. But motivation can’t come from outside. It has to be internal. No amount of workshops, challenges, critique groups or even deadlines can motivate someone to write.

It’s a lot like exercise. Take my sister-in-law, for example. For years she had no desire to work out. None, zip, zero. I tried to talk her into running ages ago. I suggested the gym. I mentioned easy races. I told her about the new (back then) elliptical machines that were easy to use. But she never bit on exercise. And then—out of the blue—something changed inside her. Sometime, in the past year, she decided she wanted to be a runner. She’s been training now for months, and last Saturday ran 20 miles. Her first full marathon is scheduled for the first weekend in February, and I have no doubt she’ll cross the finish line with flying colors.

Did I motivate her? Nope. Did her husband motivate her? No way. She did it herself.

We all know goals aren’t easy. And resolutions—though meant well—are often forgotten. There are numerous reasons: Sometimes you’re not ready to reach your goals – like my sister-in-law wasn’t ready years ago. Sometimes you don’t want it bad enough – like many writers I know who dream of being published but can’t seem to finish a book. And sometimes you’re just too busy to focus on one thing at a time (don’t we all feel that way?). But motivation can’t come from the outside, no matter what your dreams may be. And the only way resolutions are going to work is if you want something bad enough that you’re willing to change your life for good. Not simply because the calendar says January 1st.

So no resolutions for me. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect and don’t have things I need to work on (oh man, I have LOTS of things that need improvement). It just means I don’t need an excuse to start making changes today, tomorrow, or next month if need be. I can make them whenever I want.

Speaking of changes…the third book in my Stolen Trilogy, STOLEN SEDUCTION, released just last week. No one fights change more than my hero, Shane Maxwell. Check out his story and more info about me and my books at www.elisabethnaughton.com

And in case you missed it, I’m running a big contest on my website. Click the link below for rules and how to enter:

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And, in honor of the release of STOLEN SEDUCTION, I’ve got a copy of STOLEN FURY, book one in the Stolen Trilogy to give away to one lucky commenter. Just tell me…are you a resolution person? Why or why not?

Happy New Year!

28 thoughts on “Elisabeth Naughton: New Year, New Resolution?

  • Jane

    Congrats on the new release, Elisabeth. I don't make resolutions every year, but I have made them the past several years. Last year I was doing well with my resolution to cut out junk food and lost a few pounds, but I faltered towards the end of the year so I'm making the same resolution this year.

  • Razlover's Book Blog

    Hi Elisabeth,

    Congrats on your new release and I love the cover!

    I usually don't make resolutions but I made one this year to lost about 5 pounds which I gained over the holidays!

  • Portia

    Congrats on the release! I can't wait to read it.

    I like goals better than resolutions, because goals tend to have specific and timely expectations. Resolutions seem too big picture unless you write a plan.

    Wishing everyone luck in the New Year on all your goals or resolutions!

  • limecello

    Hi Elisabeth – congratulations on book three being released 😀

    As for resolutions… nope. Not for me. I used to make them – but never kept them. (Likely they were unrealistic anyway.) So for the past few years, nothing. Just… mini goals I guess when I think of them.

  • Martie

    I agree with you about resolutions 100% but it is a good time of year to catch a deal from a diet organization like WW or Nutrisytem, lol.

    Can't wait to pick up the third book. Best of success for 2010, Elizabeth and Leah.

  • Elisabeth Naughton

    Jane, the holidays are full of junk food aren't they? I'm pretty good about watching what I eat, but the holidays just tank me every year. Thanks for the comment!

    Raz – thanks so much. I do love the cover of this book. The art department did a great job.

  • Elisabeth Naughton

    Portia – good point about goals vs. resolutions. I agree.

    Tetewa – thanks so much!!

  • Elisabeth Naughton

    limecello – thanks! I'm with you. I never stuck to resolutions, but goals are definitely more realistic.

    Martie – LOL. So true! There are good deals on gym memberships and diet programs this time of year. 😉 Thanks for the well wishes.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    Hey, Leah, thanks for the e-mail! I've got this posted at Win a Book.

    Elisabeth, I don't do resolutions, either. (Yes, Leah, this means enter me. I love to start series at the beginning) If you'd like to make use of our services at Win a Book, we'd love to have you!

  • Elisabeth Naughton

    Thanks so much, Susan. I'm new to Win a Book, but your site looks great! I've got you on twitter now. 🙂

  • Elisabeth Naughton

    Kara – love the reading goals idea!

    Estella – LOL. Isn't that always the truth? I was going to cut out sugar yesterday. Think I made it 6 hrs before the chocolate ice cream in the fridge called to me. But that's not a resolution…it's a goal: cut out the crap from my diet.

  • elaing8

    Congrats on the new release Elizabeth.

    I am not a resolution person. I have done them in the past but by day 2 I've already broken it.Why waste the time when I know I can't do it 🙂

  • Spav

    Hi Elisabeth,
    I don't really make resolutions because I know I'll break them.
    Congrats on the release!

  • robynl

    I am a resolution maker. This year I resolve to be more assertive in a kind way. I will stick up for myself when my friend/neighbour says things such as 'I'm glad I'm not of German decent. Look what Hitler did, I'd be embarrassed to admit I'm German'. I said to her 'my did was not Hitler' so why should I be embarrassed'. I did it; I spoke to her about her comment instead of letting it ride and bothering me.

  • mariska

    i'm just follow my heart. no resolution that i made this year. i just pray that this year will be better than last year 🙂

    And Congrats for the release ! i'm still new with your work 🙂

  • donnas

    I have resolution ideas and hopes but I never firm them down. I dont like the extra pressure. I would love to accomplish them but I am not going to push myself.

  • Chelsea B.

    Am I a resolution person? Oh, no, no, no. Why not? It just never works out for me haha 🙂 Congrats on your book release!

  • RKCharron

    Hi Elisabeth 🙂
    Thanks for the post.
    I'm definitely not a resolutionist.
    Because I never remember them after a month.
    Here's to a fabulous 2010!

  • Anonymous

    congratulations on your latest book…

    No, I don't make resolutions…never had.


  • CrystalGB

    Hi Elisabeth. Congratulations on your new release. I am not much for making resolutions because I know I know I will give up on them quickly.

  • ErinT

    Congrats on your new release!

    I do not make big resolutions, because in about a week I break them anyways! I do however set small goals for myself, like spending more one on one time with each of my kids, getting an extra load of laundry done a day, reading more, etc…

  • Leah Braemel

    Commenter "Spav" is the winner of Elisabeth's novel Stolen Fury. Spav, please send me an email with your mailing address to Leah DOT Braemel @gmail DOT com.

    Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment and make Elisabeth feel so welcome!

  • Anne J

    I don't make resolutions anymore because I usually don't follow through. I find small changes work the best for me, I don't focus on the big picture well.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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