Happy New Year 2017 and Welcome Ultimate Blog Challenge!
So 2017 is here! A new year with new opportunities to succeed in various areas of life.
It’s common in January each year to debate the merits of making resolutions versus developing workable and proactive objectives and goals. As a writer, lifelong learner, and soon-to-be Doctor of Education, I like to look at the meanings of words for clarity. So I’ll borrow a couple paragraphs from my earlier blog post at Words of Encouragement to look at the difference between resolution and being proactive.
According to the dictionary, a resolution is “the decision to do or not do something.” Based on how often we fail to keep resolutions for very long into the new year, I think the missing element is being proactive, which means “preparing for or initiating change rather than reacting to events.”
We can make decisions to do or not do something all day, but without the related preparation for or initiation of change, we end up only reacting to events that occur instead of following through with our decision. This requires a combination of determination, courage, and discipline.
So one proactive step I’m taking toward consistent blogging in this first month of 2017 is to once again join the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC). Even though I initially made the decision to only blog here 3-4 times per week, I’ll be blogging every day during this month of January for the UBC. Among the benefits of participating in the UBC are learning how to “get more traffic, increase your exposure, and make building relationships easier.”
If you sign up here, you will get on the mailing list and receive a daily email with topic ideas to help you focus on a post for your blog. You can also join the UBC Facebook group, where you can link to your daily posts. You can participate in commenting on others’ blogs and receive comments on your own blog. And it’s all FREE! 🙂
So what about YOU?
Do you have specific goals for 2017?
Are you participating in the UBC, or do you think you might?