Five things to cancel just like the networks

TV Networks have the right idea, don’t be afraid to cancel. Photo: Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright in "Smash" / Photo Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2013 — Some big name TV shows have gotten the ax this week. “Go On” starring Matthew Perry, the musical “Smash” directed by Stephen Spielberg, “666 Park Avenue,” “Family Tools,” “Happy Endings,” “Red Widow,” “Zero Hour,” and “CSI: NY” are among the many shows that are closing up shop due to poor ratings or expensive production costs.

We’re unsure what it looks like behind the scenes of these big cancellations. Maybe some long meetings, lots of research, perhaps even a few tears? Whatever the actual process, television networks have set the example that even if something is working, it’s okay to cancel it and try something new.

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Not sure how? Here’s a list to get you started.

Five Things To Cancel Just Like the Networks:

1. Cancel the “Bikini Ready in 2 Weeks” workout. We’re all for fitness, but these types of work out programs can add more stress than they’re worth. Strive for year round health and fitness and start today, but tell yourself that it’s going to be a lifetime process instead of a two week cram/stress fest.

2. Cancel the Grudge. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: holding a grudge makes you look and feel ugly. It is ineffective, time consuming and energy zapping. You were mad? You were hurt? You feel wronged? The grudge only makes it worse. So, drop the negative emotional baggage at the nearest landfill and drive away full of smiles and forgiveness.

3. Cancel the quasi-boyfriend. You know that guy you’re “with” while you look secretly for someone better? Cut him loose. Some experts say you should never quit a job unless you’ve got another one lined up, but the same isn’t true with boyfriends. If you know it’s not working with him, but you both are just too afraid to be alone, be brave this month and end it. It’ll be hard in the beginning, but you’ll be surprised how much better you feel in the long run.

4. Cancel Netflix. Okay, don’t really cancel Netflix. But commit to using your leisure time to do something different and new. We’ve often heard the phrase, “A change is as good as a rest,” and it’s true. Doing something new can invigorate and re-charge you in a way that “House of Cards,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Gossip Girl” can’t.

5. Cancel the judgments. Stop being the critic of your life and start being a fan. You’re ambitious, you’re detail oriented, you’re creative, you view your life with a critical eye because you want to see and carefully measure your success. That’s great, keep it up, but tell your critical eye to be nicer, to be more encouraging and a little less condemning. So many of us try to whip (ouch!) ourselves into shape with internal threats, and fears, but for just one day try persuasion, kind words and positive motivation. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel and you’ll still see those results.

Add to this list. ABC, CBS, NBC and the rest showed us that cancellations aren’t the end of the world, just a way to make room for better things. Let’s give it a shot.

Readers: What other things in your life don’t deserve another “season”? Share with readers here or on our Facebook page what you’ll be cancelling this month.

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Angela Trusty brings her great life observations and advice Communities.  Angela also authors   ‘Ask Angela’ which also appears bi-monthly in the Deseret News. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the lucky sibling of 5 sisters and 1 brother.

She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, but Baltimore will always be her home. 


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