Resolutions: Yay or Nay?
This is typically the space for looks back at the year ending and prognostications for the year ahead. We will leave that to those with crystal balls. It is also the time when many make their New Year resolutions. We are neither for nor against resolutions. They are great motivators for some and the bane of others. You can decide which side of the debate you fall on.
We are living in times that call for greater introspection, fortitude, and above all, the willingness to be flexible—with our expectations, our mindsets, ourselves and others.
Here are few thoughts we wanted to share along with our sincerest wish for a spectacular 2018 for all our members and readers.
Wipe the slate clean. Let go of the disappointments and setbacks...or guilt about those resolutions you failed to keep. Take all your hard-won experience and use it to illuminate the path ahead with newfound wisdom and knowledge. Leave everything unfinished and unmanifested behind, along with last year's calendar and "to-do" list. New year = fresh start.
Reset Your Goals
Review your current goals with a fresh perspective. Focus on what you really want and make that the primary driver of everything you do. Odds are all your secondary goals will align and fall into step. Don't be too attached to how you'll achieve it all at this point. If you keep your attention there, you will get there. Accept that a certain amount of trial and error and even detours will likely be part of the itinerary. This is not a bad thing, but the way to even greater possibilities and outcomes.
Renew Your Commitment
Wherever you are in your writing or self-publishing journey—no matter the setbacks—recommit yourself fully. Resolve not to do more of this or less of that, so much as to be authentic and true to yourself, in all circumstances. Integrity is a valuable and often scarce commodity. People crave it and will respond accordingly.
Reflect and Give Thanks
Finally, take the opportunity to reassess your current condition through the lens of gratitude. Regardless of how challenging things may appear, there is always much to be thankful for if you take the time to look. Invite more good into your life by appreciating all you are and all you have—right now.
New Year, New You?
We look forward to sharing your news, achievements, and input in the year ahead. We want to hear from you! What are your resolutions or intentions for 2018? Whatever they may be, we wish you favorable winds and smooth sailing. And a big Thank You for being part of our community, from Betty Kelly Sargent and the BookWorks Team!
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