Welcome Terri Lynn Main, author

The very talented Terri Main, author of Dark Side of the Moon, gives us some tips today on dealing with the New Year: Beyond Resolutions: How to Prepare an Action Plan for 2012It’s the first of the year and that brings with it New Year’s Resolutions. We decide we are going to lose wieght, write a novel, learn a language, stop smoking and do a hundred other things we said we were going to do last year. So, why didn’t we do them last year? Because resolving doesn’t work. Planning Does! It is time you substitute your New Years Resolution with a New Year’s Action Plan. An action plan includes a reasonable goal and a set of steps in achieving that goal. How Does a Goal Differ from a Resolution? Resolutions tend to be vague, ill-defined and usually overly ambitious. For instance, I see resolutions like:  I’m going to write more this year I’m going to lose weight I’m going to be more careful with my money I’m going to improve ____ skill Immediately, questions jump to mind. How much will you need to write to “write more”? What will you need to do to lose weight? What does being “careful” with money mean? How will you know you have improved a given skill? Even more specific resolutions often have problems. Consider these:  I want to write and publish my new novel this year I want to lose 40 pounds I want my writing business to increase it’s profits by 30% These resolutions, though specific, are not entirely under my own control. They state an end result and not a specific behavioral change I need to make. While writing my novel is under my control, finding a publisher or agent to represent my novel is not (unless I…

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Welcome Terri Lynn Main, author

Please welcome Terri Linn Main, author of Dark Side of the Moon. As well as a writer, Terri is an educator, and has some very wise words for all of us for the coming New Year: Beyond Resolutions: How to Prepare an Action Plan for 2012It’s the first of the year and that brings with it New Year’s Resolutions. We decide we are going to lose wieght, write a novel, learn a language, stop smoking and do a hundred other things we said we were going to do last year. So, why didn’t we do them last year? Because resolving doesn’t work. Planning Does! It is time you substitute your New Years Resolution with a New Year’s Action Plan. An action plan includes a reasonable goal and a set of steps in achieving that goal. How Does a Goal Differ from a Resolution? Resolutions tend to be vague, ill-defined and usually overly ambitious. For instance, I see resolutions like:  I’m going to write more this year I’m going to lose weight I’m going to be more careful with my money I’m going to improve ____ skill Immediately, questions jump to mind. How much will you need to write to “write more”? What will you need to do to lose weight? What does being “careful” with money mean? How will you know you have improved a given skill? Even more specific resolutions often have problems. Consider these:  I want to write and publish my new novel this year I want to lose 40 pounds I want my writing business to increase it’s profits by 30% These resolutions, though specific, are not entirely under my own control. They state an end result and not a specific behavioral change I need to make. While writing my novel is under my control,…

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