Writing 2022, One Goal at a Time

January: Some see harsh winter; others see warmth of hearth. Regardless of view, everyone agrees January is almost over.

British writer Roald Dahl (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) opined, “If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar and have an extra July.” Marilu Henner, actress and author agrees, “Feeling a little blue in January is normal.”

Stating another view, Hal Borland author and New York Times journalist says, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

How to think of spring when in the middle of winter? Andrew Carnegie, 19th century industrialist and philanthropist explained: “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” One of the richest Americans in history, Carnegie knew goals!

Albert Einstein agreed and expanded, “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

Mary Englebreit, author and artist who was born and still lives in St Louis, Missouri, says,“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” (She lives her philosophy. When her son Evan died, at age 20, Englebreit and her husband adopted his infant daughter. She couldn’t change the situation; she changed the way she thought about it.)

Use PPT Personal Pep Talks. When something goes wrong; instead of telling yourself “This is bad,” think, “I can handle this” or “I’ll be fine.” PPT motivate, inspire and open paths to positive living. There is no reason why you can’t perform pep talks for yourself. Daily.

Tell yourself at least once a day that you are kind (to others and yourself) good looking and skilled. Repeat this mantra and you’ll soon believe it. Or, as they say, “Fake it til you make it.” Be your biggest fan.

Mary Kay Ash, founder and CEO of make-up dynasty and positive attitude guru encouraged goals by saying, “A goal is like exercise, it makes you stretch.” It also stretches positivity. According OHI class member Glenda, “I tell myself, ‘just get to class, you’ll feel better.’ And, I do. Winter blues are cured by workouts with others.”

Melody Beattie, American author of self-help books sums up the end-of-January sentiment: “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”

How will your 2022 book be written? Positive thoughts are choices. Instead of living with negative excuses, respond to life’s challenges with personal pep talks and positive goals. One daily goal begins your first chapter of 2022. Make it attainable.

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