by Julia Phillips Smith
1 - Rather than making resolutions, I find a similar but more powerful way of meeting the new year is to name the year. This tradition is observed by my writer friends Chris Szego and Charlene Roberts from Toronto, and when I was there for Christmas in 2010, they told me they'd named the upcoming year of 2011 the Year of Intention. I totally went with that, and by year's end I was a debut novelist and an out-of-hibernation director.
4 - Have you been making-do with equipment that is in serious need of repair or replacement? Is your monitor chugging along with diagonal green lines where the black is supposed to be? Perhaps Boxing Day sale fliers aren't just for recycling. Check out the sales and gear up.
7 - If you're the sort of person who measures yourself by the accomplishments of your peers, ask yourself why you persist in this if it holds you back. If team sports is not your thing, there are lots of long-distance-runner markers you can use instead of trying to be 'as good as' or 'better than'.
11 - Some people find it overwhelming to break down a big project into the smaller steps necessary to pull it off. If this sounds like you, maybe you need a second set of eyes to look at the bigger picture. Perhaps they can help you figure out a starting point. It's kind of hard to follow the yellow brick road if you can't find it in the first place.
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