1. Hey. The world is pretty upside-down right now, yeah? It’s OK if that makes you feel not OK, which can make working toward your goals harder than usual.
2. You did the best you could this time. You’re not a “failure.”
3. It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.” Focus on what you DID accomplish, no matter how small — it still counts!
4. Not meeting a goal doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means something you tried didn’t work out the way you planned — but there might be a way to do things differently next time.
5. A goal is meant to be adjusted. It’s part of the problem-solving process.
6. Something good always comes out of not quite ending up where you hoped to end up.
7. This is the perfect time to ask yourself what stood in your way and how you can do better.
8. It’s OK to feel a little down about it — but don’t beat yourself up.
9. Writing is hard. It will always be challenging in one way or another, but in what way is not always predictable.
10. It’s a new month. A new day. A new hour. Whatever you need to tell yourself to hit that reset button in your mind and get going again!
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.