HAPPY NEW DAY!

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men…lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain.   

Robert Burns (1785)

INTRODUCTION

Before the confetti settles onto the shards of 2020, I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions. As usual, look for some statistics, a personal story about your intrepid, sometimes hypocritical blogger, and some thoughts on solving the frustrating conundrums that these insane promises we make to ourselves (and boldly proclaim to others) create. How dare I label a well-intentioned self-help plan “insane?” The answer lies in a combination of Professor Einstein’s definition of insanity and some annoying statistics. 

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THEY LIKE US JUST THE WAY WE ARE.

(Why impostor syndrome is itself an impostor.)

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.

If, Rudyard Kipling

INTRODUCTION

Fred Rogers may have liked us just the way we are, but most of us don’t share his upbeat opinion. We gnash our teeth and silently scream, “I hate myself!” We’re sure that any success that might have drifted our way was just luck, not ability.

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