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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Starting Fresh!

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a marvelous New Year.  I know it's been quiet around here.  Sorry to leave you all in the lurch!  I meant to start posting again on Monday but I was struck down by a new year flu (blech) for a few days, but now I'm back to normal and ready to start posting again.

Everyone and their mother is posting about writing resolutions, but I thought I'd do something a little different.  First off, I'm not sure I want to share all my goals and resolutions (mostly because I'm bound to have a #gabifail or two so this way I save myself the humiliation of having to admit it in public.)  But more importantly, I think resolutions aren't just about setting goals and striving for them, but about a change in attitude and outlook.  Instead I've come up with a 2011 plan.

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2 Manageable Goals: 
  • First, I'm doing the 100+ reading challenge for 2011 and I'll be posting the books I read here.
  • Second, this year I will finish the edits on my WIP.

0 Comparisons:  I'll admit it, I can't help but compare myself to the people around me.  I try not to--I really do--but it's almost like a reflex and I can't help it.  The college bulletin arrives in the mail and I always feel super-inferior because I haven't discovered a cure for cancer, I haven't finished a triathlon in record time, and I haven't sold my start-up company for billions of dollars.

But then I started thinking... even if I knew how to do all these things, it's not like I would actually want to.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm very glad there are people out there coming up with cures for cancer, performing amazing physical feats like a triathlon or building start-up companies that give other people good jobs.  I'm glad these things are happening in the world.

And I'm also glad that I don't have to be the one to do it.

This year, rather than letting these things get me down, I've decided I will not run away from the college bulletin.  I will not pathologically avoid Facebook.  When I see someone accomplish something great, I'll send happy "Thank You" vibes to that person for doing it because it means I don't have to.  And that means more time for writing.

1 New Approach to Creativity:  This video is super-inspiring!  It's a bit on the long side but it's SOOOOO worth it.  It's totally changed my attitude toward the idea of genius and creative success.

1 Quote:
"The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance."
         ~ Randy Nelson, Pixar


Ghenet said...

Sorry you've been feeling under the weather! I'm all for coming up with manageable goals. Good luck with yours! :)

I've seen the Elizabeth Gilbert TED speech but I should watch it again - it is really inspirational!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I saw this video last year, and it has freed me (when I remember!) not to let my second book (and its reception) terrify me.

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