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Goals: Don't Let Setbacks Set You Back

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I've been doing fairly well with my goals. I either kickbox or walk everyday--one day I shadow boxed. I've been hitting my 1000 word mark too. But this morning when I got up, I realized that at least half of the words I wrote last night were not going to work. So today I'm cutting 500 words and rewriting. Will I write 1500 words today? Maybe. I doesn't matter. What matters is that I still love my novel, and I'm willing to throw away words to make it better. A setback? Perhaps. If you can look at rain and see growing plants, then it's not a setback at all. It's another move forward. Thomas Edison once said when asked about his previous failed attempts to build the light bulb, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

My favorite quote by Mr. Edison expresses it better. "Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." I'm off to accomplish something. Ta for now. --Susan

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