Blank Slate for 2019

We’ve closed the door on 2018. There have been gains. (For example, after 30+ years of friendship, Bob and I admitted that we might like to try to overcome distance and finances… And that we like each other.) There have been losses. (I am SO going to miss Aunt Helen!)

It’s time to look forward. Now… I don’t do “New Year’s Resolutions.” I used to. When I was 10, I remember being quite impressed with my list of 75 things that I would accomplish by the end of the year.

I did as well as you think!

This year, my resolutions/goals can be summed up in one word:

animated image of the word FINISH

Yep… I’ve gotten quite good at starting projects. Come to think of it, I have MASTERED beginning things. Give me five minutes and I’ll probably come up with 15 things that I have to do right now.

I have not mastered completions. I haven’t even mastered getting into the middle of things.

The buzz that I get from starting is addictive, but even short flash fiction stories take time to complete. (Especially if I want somebody to want to read the results…)

So… I’m trying to set myself up to succeed at the long slog. When I need a boost in my motivation quotient, I can get it from this Trello blog posting.

“The solution isn’t to do away with dreaming and positive thinking. Rather, it’s making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: the obstacles that stand in our way.”

I’m reading a book called “Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation” by Gabriele Oettingen. I’m finding it refreshing and encouraging: the typical positive thinking doesn’t work for me. It’s as if my positive thinking and daydreaming is short-circuiting my doing what it takes to

Lazette Gifford's 2018 writing accomplishments including almost 2 million words
She Is Intimidating

accomplish what I want. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve finished NaNoWriMo with a couple thousand words and lovely daydreams about writing as prolifically as Lazette Gifford. (Yeah… She has completed another million word year. It’s downright intimidating!)

The book led me to WOOP, a website and app that breaks Dr. Oettingen’s research into practical steps that anyone can accomplish. My first WOOP is underway. I will keep you informed…

For now, though, I need to finish this posting. After all, the word of the year is…

animated image of the word FINISH

4 Replies to “Blank Slate for 2019”

  1. I too am good about starting things but not So Hot about the finish. The Lord has been dealing with me about 3 years ago and he started me writing poetry, fiction, and media blurbs about fantastic stuff that hadn’t happened but did people went oh oh what’s happening. Nao to finish.. period. Thanks for your blog.

  2. I totally understand that! I don’t do New Year’s resolutions any more for the very same reason. I plan to choose each day to keeping going at what I’m working on now. I can’t pick up everything I’ve dropped, so most of those things will have to stay dropped. I’m trying to build better habits slowly but more surely.

    1. While it shouldn’t surprise me, I AM always amazed at how often we struggle with similar issues. Happy new year, Elaine! Write on!

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