Confession: I haven’t wrote in over 30 days.
Despite it being a goal of mine and something I love to do, I fell off track.
I can try to justify it with excuses such as the influx of new clientele sucking up my time or that I spilled coffee on my PC and fried it, but those are just… excuses.
The root of it (and the reality is), I simply lost momentum.
Before this, I was pounding out words. The habit was greased and my brain didn’t even have to think twice, it simply knew what to do. I was writing even when I was not writing. It was beautiful.
Now, I am a bag of rust. It has become work again. With this post, however, I am re-greasing the proper neuron channel. “Writer myelin” is becoming created and things are looking up.
Truth be told, however, I tried to jumpstart this ship about 20 days ago.
It never happened.
In large part it was because I had built it up in my head that I had to do something big, to write something epic. Go hard or go home, right?
Just like everyone else, I was looking for results (and this is exactly what prevented me from re-started again).
It prevented me because, as we all know, we suck in the beginning. It is here where results are minimal or non-existent as there are just things we need to learn first before we can see the progress we seek.
So just like a complete newbie exerciser is not going to see much gains in terms of muscle gain or fat loss (as they have to learn how to move first), the same is true of writing (learn how to write badly first).
And just like if we take a couple months off exercise we are not going to be as awesome at it as we were before we quit, the same is true for everything else.
So here is my advice:
If you are creating a new habit or re-establishing an old one, that is where our focus should be… ON THE HABIT.
Don’t fall prey to the type of thinking that you are going to be world class right off the bat or that you will just pick things up where you left off.
When in doubt:
- Go small.
- Go easy.
- And don’t put pressure on yourself or hype it up, just go do it.
And if you really want to succeed, do what Jerry Seinfeld does:
Go get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step is to get a big red magic marker. Each day that you do your task, put a big red X over that day. After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.
Today’s post is my first red X.
It may not have been my best post ever, but it was very much needed.
A couple more and I’ll have momentum.
With that, I always find it hard to stop…