Do you have a big New Year’s resolution for 2017? A list of them?
I’ve never been one for making them, but I’ve decided to change that this year thanks to some prodding. We’ll get to that in a minute.
But first, here’s a related question: What do the 8 of Swords card in a Tarot deck and a romance writer staring at a blank Google document on her screen have in common?
The Tarot card represents self-limiting paralysis. The writer is a prime example of it in action. Or I should say, in inaction.
Over the past few days, I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with my BFF Marina — a.k.a. The Divine Mrs. M — about my tendency to be my own harshest literary critic.
I continually rip up my writing to come up with something better before anything ever makes it to the page. That brings on my chronic affliction, the “paralysis of analysis.”
It’s a never-ending loop of frustration that I’ve been having a hard time breaking out of for as long as I can remember.
While I’ve been in Florida for the holidays visiting the fam, the Universe seems to have been on a mission to tell me to dump the self-doubt and get on with business of writing.
Everything from fortune cookies to inspirational mugs has been popping up in my path shouting encouraging messages at me. There was even a full-length mirror covered in affirmations.
They said things like: Create! Let your light shine out as you let the sunshine in. Imagine your dream!
So today, when the 8 of Swords reared its head as the Tarot answer when I asked about my outlook for success in 2017, I quite literally rolled my eyes heavenward and said, “Seriously?”
That brings me to my New Year’s resolution: In 2017, I’ve resolved that I’m going to learn to ignore my inner critic. I know it won’t be easy.
I also know I can’t do it alone. I’ll need people to encourage me to stay psyched up with a can-do attitude — and to kick me in the can when I start backsliding and end up all psyched out and paralyzed by self-doubt.
Luckily, I know some people who might be up to the task.
Plus, I bought the mug (I figured it’ll be a lot easier to pack than that mirror).
So what have you resolved to do (or not to do) in 2017?