Tonight is one of the best opportunities to photograph the best Perseid Meteor Shower in years, and yet I find myself at home with a myriad of reasons I am not out making art.
Because the meteor shower this year coincides with a new moon, the opportunity to see and photograph is great. Yet not planning ahead and managing the things that keep me from being artistically productive has grounded me. Continue reading →
One of my biggest challenges is staying productive in a myriad of distractions. At every turn, there are numerous ways to make you unproductive. Before you know it, days, weeks, and months, or even years pass by and you wonder where all the time has gone by. It is incredibly frustrating when you know you have so much to offer but have little to show for it. Continue reading →
Resolutions are the worst. They are made to be broken. They imply impending failure rather than achievement. They focus solely on the result, ignoring the planning and thought process that is most important.
Goals are what your resolutions should be, especially if they are SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
A common resolution is to lose weight, often to a specific number. The scale becomes an instrument of dreadfulness. When you find yourself not on track to meet that number, you allow guilt and failure to rule your mind. If you set a goal correctly, you can allow for failure as a normal process. Failure shouldn’t mean the end of what you do, it should be noted as something that happens.
Failure allows you to reassess and modify your goal moving forward. It allows you to examine your diet and exercise. You may find you are consuming more calories daily than you expected, or you may look at your exercise routine and realize you need more to meet your goal. When you make a resolution, failure is the end of the road. If you make the right kinds of goals, you take failure as a momentary plateau on the way to success.
This was relevant to me this morning when I stood on the scale like many people and wasn’t quite happy with what I saw. I made a lot of progress in my health in 2014, and I feel I am halfway to where I want to be. I spent part of the morning looking at what I can do to tighten up my routine. I have a set of adjustments that I think will help, and with a plan to stick to it, I think I can get over the plateau I am stuck at.
That’s the beauty of making goals, not resolutions.