By Charlotte Carter
This month I’m celebrating eight years as a member of Curves®, the women’s 30-minute exercise program. After eight years, I’m not exactly buff (not even close), but this is the only exercise program that I’ve ever stuck with.
So I’m patting myself on the back!
For those of you who go to a gym regularly, enter 10K races or, gulp, do marathons, you may not think eight years at Curves® is all that great.
In my world view, you should congratulate yourself for achieving the smallest success or reaching an admirable milestone you’ve strived to achieve. (Including running a marathon if that’s what you think is fun.) Chances are all too good that no one else will stand up and cheer for you unless you cheer for yourself.
Certainly, a writer’s life is filled with negatives: rejections, unhelpful comments from critique partners, negative reviews, pronouncements that the publishing world is crashing around us. In this business, praise is a scarce commodity.
To be a successful writer, you need to be your own best cheer leader. You wrote a great scene today? Whoohoo! You finished a chapter? A double Whoohoo! You sent out a query letter, you submitted a proposal, you wrote something for your blog today. Give yourself a standing ovation.
I think to be a successful person you need to appreciate and value yourself. What have you done today that deserves an ‘atta boy?’
Let me know.
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I, too, really like Curves®. I started just over a year ago at age 61 and just completed my 135th visit today. I'm celebrating achieving the goal I set out on my initial paperwork when I joined. I wanted to get fit and strong enough to resume the English riding lessons I used to take almost 40 years ago. I started my lessons recently and I'm loving it. Horses appear in a lot of my writing projects, including my current WIP. It feels so great to be back in the saddle and soaking up all this first-hand experience to use in my writing.
Way to Go, Laura! I used to love to ride, tho I didn't often have a chance. And, yes, my back turned to spaghetti when I spent any time on a horse. Super good for you to set such a goal.
Char.....(sister in Curves)
oops! You're Barb! (not Laura) Sorry about that. 🙁 Congrats are still in order, of course, and maybe we can get Laura to Curves.