Happy New Year!!!
I promised to blog about ways to make 2013 even better than 2012, so here we go!
I’m using two amazing programs that may seem somewhat old fashioned, but are pure gold when it comes to quality of life.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – http://www.westegg.com/unmaintained/carnegie/stop-worry.html
As writers, we get way into our heads. Sometimes that’s not a good thing if our minds focus on negative things – and writers can be pretty good at beating themselves up. I’ve been listening to Dale Carnegie’s book on CD ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ for the past couple months and it has greatly improved my life by changing how I think, and therefore how I write.
Give Dale a try and see if his ideas work for you. As for me, one of my goals this year is to listen to snippets of ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ at least once a week to make sure I keep my mind in the right place, and therefore stay happy and productive.
Best Year Yet – https://www.bestyearyet.com/index.cfm
My writing mentor introduced me to ‘Best Year Yet’ in January 2012. We both used this book to write goals for 2012 and made bi-weekly progress reports to each other. The beauty of ‘Best Year Yet’ is it touches on each role you play in life.
As writers, sometimes it’s hard to quantify goals. We can have word-count goals, number-of-page goals, or even number-of-manuscript goals. ‘Best Year Yet’ teaches you how to create concrete goals and provides guidance on how to accomplish them. I highly recommend this program because of what it did for me in 2012, and I’ve already used it to write my 2013 goals!
Whether you use either of these programs, or other ideas that work for you, I wish you a Happy New Year and a lovely, happy, inspiring 2013.