Getting the Jumpstart on 2013

It’s time to get your motor runnin’ …

Hey! Starr Daubenmire here. I’m your guest editor of The Writer’s Life this week. And I’m going to help you lay out an easy plan for getting a jumpstart on 2013.

It’s all about momentum. You know, Newton’s Law that says a body at rest remains at rest – and a body in motion remains in motion. It’s true, you know.

And I realize that today is Christmas Eve – one of the busiest days of the year …

But think for a minute about that “body at rest” thing. How once you come to a complete stop, that’s where you tend to stay. Then getting moving again is even harder.

However, chances are you have an opportunity to carve out a little time for yourself from the hustle and bustle all around. Why wait for January 1st to roll around? Let’s get ready to hit the ground running in the new year instead of trying to gear up after a full stop.

It really doesn’t take that much. All you have to do is find a quiet spot and spend 10 minutes thinking about what you want out of the coming year. Goals that will get – and keep – your motor running.

Now is the time to think about what you want your life to be like in 2013 and the future. I urge you to take those few moments of reflection to get a head start on the New Year. And if you need some help with that, check out my article Get Your Goals On … Are You Ready to RUMBLE In The New Year?

So here’s a quick task for today:

  1. Spend a short time reflecting on the past year – what went great and what could have been better. It will get your mindset ready for new goals.
  2. Read over the Rumble article so it can “stew” in your brain while you finish your holiday preparations – which is great thinking time.

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about building the momentum once you get started.

Have you ever wondered why an airplane needs such a long runway for takeoff? (Personally, I try not to think about it, but there is a reason … ) It’s because the plane has to reach a certain momentum before the air creates a lift force that overcomes the weight of the plane. So the length of the runway is critical to getting the plane off the ground.

Well, you’ve got just over a week of 2012 left to serve as your runway to 2013. Now is not the time to come to a complete rest and have to start all over.

Meanwhile, do you have some ideas about taking some much-needed time for yourself during this very busy week? If so, please post them here.

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Published: December 24, 2012

2 Responses to “Getting the Jumpstart on 2013”

  1. Hi Starr, Your ideas of approaching the new year as a beginning is not new. However your approach of preparing for the new year is refreshing.

    For those who are goal setters, I would encourage you to focus on the past year and find at least 3-5 specific items (goals) that you want to perform better in the coming new year. Then, lay out the specific plan of how you will accomplish that in 2013, for each of them.

    God bless and Merry Christmas, RWD60

    RWD60December 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  2. What a GREAT article! Thanks for the encouragement and direction. Being new to this profession, I look for strength from great people like yourself. The other "Related Content" was also very helpful. Please keep up the excellent work as a great example to myself and others.

    BaxterDecember 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

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