From the blogs I'm reading, it appears that setting a THEME is quite trendy. My writing battery needs a jumpSTART.
I'm not usually one to jump on a bandwagon, but I see POSSIBILITIES in this idea. I do, however, lack COMMITMENT (though in the past, a few people have suggested I should have been committed. You know who you are).
I am not FEARLESS; I am not overflowing with BRAVERY or SELF-CONFIDENCE. At best, these attributes appear as a trickle in times of crisis, and I muddle through despite myself.
I don't DARE take too many chances, as that negative tape in my head tells me I will not achieve SUCCESS. When I have gone far beyond my COMFORT zone, and SUCCEED, I am initially thrilled, but figure the POSITIVE outcome is merely due to dumb luck. I pass up OPPORTUNITIES for EXCELLENCE - and kick myself for my lack of COURAGE.
Of course, if I am thinking logically, I know that if I don't TRY, I won't ACHIEVE. I WONDER how I can RESET my ATTITUDE and ATTAIN my version of GREATNESS. I get too comfortable with mediocrity, yet know that I can do MORE if I set my mind to it. My laziness kicks in, and my EXTRAORDINARY flair for making excuses keeps me treading water when I should be REACHing for the other shore.
I can DO better. I need to do MORE. I need a kick in the pants; I benefit from ENCOURAGEMENT (and I get plenty right here in the comments you leave). I need to practice being ACCOUNTABLE for the RESULTS of my actions (or inaction). I need someone to hold my feet to the proverbial FIRE to help me FOLLOW THROUGH.
That "someone" is me. I need to start setting realistic writing GOALS at the same time that I am EXPLORING how to improve my SKILLS. I have much to LEARN.
My first PROMISE to me? I will SUBMIT one item a month, at a minimum. I will make writing a daily HABIT and FOCUS my activities toward this modest goal.
It won't be easy, my bad habits are firmly entrenched...but it's TIME for a CHANGE!
What would you pick as my theme for the year? In your comment, type the uppercase word that you think will help me IMPROVE my chances in this year.
I would be remiss if I didn't offer my sincere GRATITUDE for all of you wonderful people who encourage and support me in my endeavors.
Thank you so much!