Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is JORDAN CASTILLO PRICE. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Infinite do overs
I would like to go to the gym today, but I won’t. It’s early January as I write this, and the gym will be full of new people who are determined that this is finally the year they’re going to lose weight. All I need to do is hold out a couple of weeks, and the majority of them will be gone.
It’s a shame that New Year’s resolutions often don’t stick. I imagine that if all these people were successful in their gym goals, enrollment would go up, which would mean a bigger, more vibrant facility for all of us, and more classes to choose from too. But it’s so easy to get excited about a resolution, and it’s also easy to crap out the minute we hit a speedbump.
So given that it’s January, the first month of a new year, I’ve been thinking about ways in which we can all make our good intentions stick.
#1: Be accountable. I think it’s very important to be self-motivated. And yet, I think that it’s easy to make excuses when you are the only person checking up on your progress. If you are generally a lone wolf like I am, it’s worth seeing if one of your friends is willing to brainstorm some ideas with you in regards to whatever project needs some forward momentum. I worked out my 2016 business plan with a writer friend, and both of us felt galvanized after our chat. Plus I can check back in with her when I feel my energy flagging.
#2: Celebrate. One way that people who are prone to depression tend to sabotage themselves is by minimizing their own accomplishments. I do this myself. It’s insidious. I can watch one of my new releases climb the charts, and even as I get excited, I’m also telling myself that once it hits number one, the only way it can go is down. What’s the solution? Make sure you treat yourself when you do hit your goals. Write down your reward ahead of time if you can. If it’s on paper, it’ll be harder to make excuses to not follow through.
#3: Persevere. People are more motivated to institute a change in their life as they approach a date they feel is significant, for instance, New Year’s or their birthday. But once that significant date has passed. A lot of the motivation can drain away. However, if you want to do something badly enough, it’s worth finding a new beginning in more subtle places. The first day of the month. The new moon. The beginning of the week.
In a way, every day is a new beginning. Try this at night: give some consideration to the most important thing you can do the next day to further your goal. You don’t have to ruminate on it or worry about it, just fix it in your mind for a moment and imagine how good you’ll feel once you accomplish it. See if the next day you’re more likely to dig right into your work rather than futzing around on Facebook. It works for me.
Here’s to a new year filled with all the things we’re wanting! May you be the you that you strive to be in 2016.
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books and the author of many award-winning gay paranormal thrillers, including PsyCop and Mnevermind.
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Find details, excerpt and buy links HERE.
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.