Wednesday 2 January 2013

IWSG: Positivity for 2013

The first posting of the year for Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.

This year I aim for positivity. I have my insecurities, and I accept them. I doubt that I'm good enough, creative enough, generally enough. Instead of kicking myself for those insecurities and trying to get rid of them, I am going to use these doubts positively. If I worry I am not good enough, I'll work harder. I'll write more. I'll take advice, give advice. The only reason to let those doubts in, is to let them fuel improvement and pushing me forward, not pulling me back.

That's my resolution for 2013: I'm going to be positive. I'm going to celebrate the small achievements (and I'll have a post about that as a regular feature on my blog tomorrow.) I'm going to celebrate when I make a chapter work, when I overcome a worry.

What are your resolutions? Are you going to join me in positivity and celebrating the small things this year?


  1. Excellent goal for 2013! I think we all need a little more positivity!

  2. That's a fantastic idea! And it works in so many ways. I think I'll join you and try for that too ;)

  3. That's a great resolution! Best of luck with it! :)

  4. That's a great resolution. I don't usually make resolutions, but I do make goals. This year, I've got a ton in store, but we'll see what I actually finish. I know that I'll definitely be celebrating all the small successes that come my way.

  5. Go forward not backward! Keep that attitude, Vic.

  6. Yes! My thoughts exactly! By concentrating on the positive, everything is put in a better perspective!

    Now, if we can only keep the positive vibes flowing, even when things turn negative, we may achieve the impossible!!

    Thanks for your support and words of encouragement on my blog in the last few weeks!

  7. I think few things bring more joy in life than a positive attitude. Good luck!!

  8. Yes! I would love to join you in those celebrations. I think sometimes all we see is the big picture, but it's the little ones that matter. =)

  9. I'm trying out the positivity too ;) We'll be in it together ;)

  10. Definitely agree! Positive thoughts and celebrating the small achievements can only be a good thing.

  11. I like the resolution to celebrate small achievements!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  12. That sounds like a great resolution. Celebrating the small achievements can be the best thing. And it's the gift that keeps on giving, because the more positive you are, the more that will seep into your interactions with others.

    I posted a bunch of my resolutions on my blog, but the one I forgot is that I'm going to keep a journal (she says every year). I love holding onto good memories and learning from the bad ones, and it's always fun to see how my opinions of things have changed.

  13. Great post. I like your idea of celebrating the small things. Every building was book was written one word at at time. I think I'll celebrate the small thing too.

  14. Great post. It's easier, I think, to set out to achieve something than to give up something. 'I won't laze in bed til 10 o'clock' is hard, but 'I'll get up at 9' is do-able! Knowing your weaknesses is a great strength. Onwards!

  15. Good for you Vikki, what a great attitude!

    I wish you much success in 2013 honey :)


  16. yay for u! positive is something i need to work on too. lets support each other! you send me your worries & i'll send u mine!

    happy 2013!

  17. Tara - yes I think that's a good idea, a problem shared is a problem halved after all!

    Vikki - thank you, and I wish you every success!

    Julia - Thank you, you give a very good example with the twisting the resolution to be positive! Onward!

    Jenn - please do join us in our small things celebrations! :)

    Tobi - I think a journal would be great to keep to return to, good luck with it! :)

    Allison - thank you! I will try to implement it!

    Suzanne - I'm glad you like the sound of it :)

    Kimberly - we will be positive together!! I like it!

    E. - absolutely the little picture can be just as important and worthwhile!

    J.A. - thank you, fingers crossed I can keep it up!

    Ink in the book - yes as you say it is keeping it up when negative happens that's the hard part! We can try!!

    Alex - thank you, am going to try!

    Rena - definitely celebrate the small successes and GOOD LUCK with the goals!

    Rachel - thank you!

    T. - do join me! Best of luck!

    Kyra - I think positivity can go a long way! :)

    Thanks EVERYONE for your positive comments, they have really put a smile on my face!

  18. I absolutely love this outlook! Sometimes I think writers are a little too focused on insecurities and not enough on all the amazing things they've got going for them.


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