It is the turn of the year, the month of Janus, the Roman god who faced both forward and backward and as good a time as any to re-evaluate my life. I personally think you can re-evaluate whenever it suits but starting a new year (and a new decade!) works for me.
Over Christmas, I read Stand Up Straight, 10 life lessons from Sandhurst. It is the first self help book that Sandhurst has ever done and seeks to explain why they teach certain things to their cadets and the lessons they hope they will learn. I thoroughly recommend it. One point which was made was that it does take 5 weeks to change habits and that it is best to break things down into small steps while not losing sight of the over arching goal.
So here are my resolutions:
I am much better at things when I actively keep a calendar (or several). There is my accomplishments calendar. My family upcoming calendar and my google calendar where I schedule appointments and social media. I have tried having one overarching calendar and it doesn’t work for me. This year, 2020 is going to be all about the calendars.
I have very good intentions but like many people I can over-commit and occasionally I forget. I then get nervous and stressed and fall back into old habits which does include looking at social media or the news. It is about recognising my bad habits and making the changes. I can accomplish a lot in 5 weeks.
Reinforcing my positive habits is a better way to go than beating myself up over my bad habits.
It is also recognising that failure can be a good thing. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses means you can assess things better. No one person is strong in everything. There are times when you need to pause or allow someone else to make the running.
So if you need a pep talk or simply to understand how to do hospital corners and shine shoes, do read Stand Up Straight. I found it hugely inspiring and at this time of year (or indeed any time of the year) inspiration is great.
May your 2020 be filled with many good things, including excellent reads. I know I am looking forward to reading the upcoming Sons of Sigurd series from Harlequin Historical which starts in March with Michelle Willingham’s Stolen by the Viking.
A Deal With Her Rebel Viking
Her terms: free her family
His terms: seduction?
Defending her home, Lady Ansithe captures outlaw Viking Moir Mimirson. The prisoner will be the ideal ransom for her father, who’s being held hostage by the Danes. Yet Moir’s flirtatious negotiations exhilarate practical Ansithe as much as they surprise her… Can she be sure that this hardened warrior will work with her and not betray her? And what of his stolen kisses—can she trust those?
More About Michelle
Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance for Harlequin Historical in a wide range of time periods, most recently Viking. Her next book, Conveniently Wed to the Viking will be published in July 2020. Her most recent book A Deal with Her Rebel Viking was published in December 2019. You can learn more about Michelle and her books at www.michellestyles.co.u