Twice baked potatoes, double-mint gum, and two shots of whatever. Let’s face it – in these cases, one may not suffice. So why give one chance only?
First impressions are memorable. I can remember my first thoughts regarding many people I’ve met. Author Malcolm Gladwell believes we can make assumptions about people in the blink of an eye. But wait… the Dose has also made some pretty bad first impressions… Am I not redeemable?
Let’s face it, we all make blunders, saying the wrong thing, doing the wrong thing… should that permanently determine our branding?
Second chances do happen.
The Dose has sometimes benefited from another shot to display my real self, and I too have extended this grace to others. Giving some people another chance can be more happenstance than deliberate, as long as I keep an open mind, of course!
One blink can give you a perspective, but two blinks may be necessary to confirm or re-evaluate the first impression.
Keep blinking… it just may stimulate others to do the same, giving you your much needed second chance!
Sometime it just happens… the inspiration isn’t present, the mind goes blank, and nothing can be written. Happens to all writers – Dose included!
It seemed the harder I tried to put words on paper, the fewer letters I typed. My editor was waiting for the next dose. Readers were asking if I was ever to write again. And my website designer was thinking, “After all this work I did, she doesn’t post?”
Self-inflicted created pressure and deadlines ultimately led to the stalling of my repertoire of work.
It seems that the more pressure to do something, the more it doesn’t or just can’t happen. Happens to all people –right?
So what was the Dose to do? The one thing every writer does: write! They write. They write every single day. They write a few words, or a few paragraphs. Every. Single. Day.
Sometimes the solutions are so simple, it’s all a matter of common sense and persistence.
Roadblocks happen, but it doesn’t mean the road trip is over. Keep the engine running… you’ll eventually get there!
It’s the last day of 2016.
You’re at a party and someone asks you “What were the highlights of this past year?”
Start crafting your answers now.
By the end of 2016 I will have…
Start this new year with the end in mind.