New Year, Same You (But Better)

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It’s the beginning of January, which means that people are doing two things:

  1. Making new resolutions.
  2. Writing the wrong year on things.

I’ve written in the past about resolutions, including why resolutions suck but why you should make them anyway and how to keep your resolutions, but the important thing to remember is that resolutions don’t make a difference, action does. As Patricia Ryan Madsen shares in her book, Improvise:

“Motivation is not required. Good intentions, beliefs, resolutions, even promises don’t matter. Action does.”

Note: the book is worth checking out as it inspired these life lessons learned from improv.

For example, I intended on publishing a new post every week last year. Did I do it? No. I managed to do pretty well up until August and then life got in the way. And by life, I mean lots of travel, various events, working on the next book (coming out in April), and binge-watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (it’s so good!).

Success in life isn’t about perfection, it’s about perseverance (like how it took me four tries and one Google search to spell that word correctly). It’s not about doing everything “exactly right,” it’s about doing anything at all, and being willing to fail, and learn, and grow, and have a sense of humor about it all.

So, when you miss a day at the gym or accidentally drink an entire milkshake when you’re cutting back on sugar, realize it’s not a big mistake. The bigger mistake is giving up because of one tiny setback.

All of this to say, here’s to weekly humor posts that probably won’t happen every week, but will happen more often than not. Cheers to 2019!

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