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Consistency V. Persistence.

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The UK's "Daily Mail" Suggests that "Today's the Day Most Will Give Up Resolutions."  Boy, do I get that!  It's tricky, we all have our reasons for giving that goat up.  I think, however, there really is only one reason-

We think we need to be consistent.  We have to do things in particular ways through particular schedules and we have to be rigid about it.

Feggeddabbaddit!  New Years Resolutions have become another thing to get on our cases about- to guilt ourselves and those around us who also want to improve their lives.  We think that New Year's is the time to get rid of bad habits when it really only enforces the worst habit there is- beating ourselves up for not being consistent.  

What if we kept a resolution, but were easier on ourselves about it?  What could work to help that along?  If we like schedules, could we spread things out?  

I want to complete an article or a short story within three months- but I am okay with giving myself six.  

Beating ourselves up over not accomplishing resolutions is what the Shredded Wheat Commercials used to call "Putting the 'NO' in 'Innovation.'"  How does it help anything to make yourself feel bad?  Wouldn't it help you feel better just to keep trying?  

Please join me and tell me what you think about being persistent with a goal rather than strictly consistent.  

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