Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Starting Over

I’m a New Year’s resolution breaker from a long way back. I rarely kept a resolution beyond the first week and most of the time I’d broken it within the first two days.

So a few years ago I stopped making resolutions. Why set myself up for failure every year? Resolutions are all about improvement and I got really good at not keeping them. So I saw the best way for me not to fail at the New Year tradition was not to make a resolution at all.

Of course, that meant I stayed in the same spot for all that time. Goal-less. But we’ve all heard the saying: if you’re not going forward, or improving, you’re sliding backwards.

So, in all those years of refusing to make resolutions, I didn’t get into shape, I gained weight, I didn’t get any of the books I wanted to write finished. All I accomplished was what I was trying to avoid—feeling like a failure.

The brilliance of the “Star Trek” movie that came out in 2009 was the resetting of time. They went back, reset the story, rebooted and started over. Now millions of fans who have always loved Star Trek can enjoy new stories set in the same time frame as the old favorite. No stretching and contorting of story lines to somehow lengthen the Star Trek universe. Just start over. Who can’t appreciate the genius of that?

Just Start Over!

In our lives we have many opportunities to start over: the first day of the year, the first day of a month, the first day of a week, the beginning of a new day. And if you really need it, every hour is a chance to start over.

So do just that. Grab your dreams, reclaim your goal and start afresh. Paint that painting. Learn to drive that eighteen wheeler. Start a walking program. Finish that book.

Remake yourself into a new person.

I realized this past Christmas I had the beginnings of a goal sitting in the back of my mind. Apparently it’s been there for a while. I have grandchildren who don’t know anything about their ancestral past. I want to do something about that.

I also have several ideas for more novels I want to write. I already have several in various stages of completion. I want to finish them. The growing industry of e-publishing opens an avenue I can explore.

I’ve decided to start over. I’ve taken one of my back list books, The Heldan, revised it and had it digitized. It’s available on Amazon.

But that’s only the beginning. This year, I’m making some resolutions. It’s scary because I don’t know if I’ll make it to my birthday. But I want to go forward. I don’t want to slide backward anymore.