Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Contemplating Failure and 2016

Chris Brecheen, who writes the blog Writing about Writing, where I guest blog, recently wrote about his year as a failure.  Life Happened, and he didn't meet his writing goals.

While Chris did at least manage to list his accomplishments, which were considerable, he forgot to seriously congratulate himself on them.  He forgot to take pride in how much farther along he is than he was, even if he did not meet the ambitious goals he set for himself last year.

I'd been thinking about this very thing, as one day not long ago I realized how very far I've come in the past year, even if I did not meet all my goals.  Yes, I'm a failure.  But I'm a success, too.

My main project is, of course,  The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Series.

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It's totally on schedule despite Life Happening.  The books are VERY well reviewed, people like them, and they ARE selling.  I'm not yet at my goals for this series, and I haven't written the seventeen other projects that are cooking in my head, but just for a minute, I had the sense to look at what I HAVE done, and be happy about it, and grateful, too.

As you think about New Year's Resolutions and setting goals for the coming year, please do recognize the positive steps you have made in the direction of any of your goals.  Even if you've made no progress at all on anything, take a minute to congratulate yourself on having made it through the year still willing to pick yourself up and give it another try.  

There is no failure until and unless you stop trying.  
  

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