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Feb 06

Begin Anew

“Whether you believe you can or you can’t – you’re right.” Henry Ford

We’re one month into working on our New Year’s resolutions. How many have you kept? What? You’ve given up already, not going to try again until next year? I know that the first of January marks a new beginning for many of us, but why does it have to be that date? Why not look at the first of each month as a time to make a change, start a trend, learn something new, or finish a project. What’s wrong with the beginning of the week? How about waking up each morning and saying, “Yes, I can.”

Do you want to lose weight? Learn a new language? Travel more? Or write that book you’ve thought about for far too long? Don’t give up just because you’re behind schedule. If you’re still breathing, you still have time to keep your resolutions.

Set measurable goals for yourself and record your progress. Renew that membership to the gym or start with vigorous daily walks. And don’t forget to add healthy recipes to your meal plan. Sign up for a language class online or at a local community college. Look through travel brochures, then book your next destination.

Take out your computer or that notebook collecting dust and continue working on your manuscript. Sometimes you’ll run into a problem with your story. If it’s not coming together the way you want it to, work on a different scene. Novels aren’t always written in chronological order. Some writers begin writing the end of their story before they know how the story will begin.

Today, right now, is a new beginning for you. Are you ready to “resolve” to make a change? How will you accomplish your goals?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  1. Kelly Bixby

    I’m encouraged by you you. Thanks, Barbara.

  2. Sue Remisiewicz

    That’s good advice. Thanks!

    1. Barbara Pattee

      You’re welcome, Sue.

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