THIS IS FROM A BLOG I READ AND I LIKED IT....WHAT IS YOUR THING????? MINE IS ALWAYS CHANGING IT SEEMS
Yesterday, I asked you what “your thing” is.
I asked what was that activity or art or passion that you chase. And there were some really fun answers and it was exactly the kind of thing I like to discuss on the weekends on Stuff Christians Like. I try to stay faithful to the concept of the blog all week, but on the weekends, all rules are off.
So today I thought I would share one thing that forever changed the way I chase one of my “things,” which is writing.
It is not dramatic. It is not magical. It is pretty simple. Here it is:
I decided to write.
That’s it. That’s all I did. When people ask me for the secret of getting a book published or growing a blog, that’s it. I write. More than that though, I decided to write.
Here’s what I mean. Most people have a love or an activity or something in their heart that makes them feel alive and lightheaded. It’s that thing you can do for hours without thinking about food or friends or anything. Time speeds across your head and hands like a bullet train. But there’s a problem.
Most people decide whether or not to pursue their thing every day. They sit down at the computer or the easel and have a discussion with themselves, “Should I do my thing today? Do I feel like it? Is there anything inside me right now that wants to? Is this the right moment? Are there other things I need to do?” And so they argue. Most times, maybe 90% of the time, what Steven Pressfield calls “resistance,” wins. You give up. You never start. You put it off for one more day. You don’t do your thing.
So what I did as a writer was decide to write. I don’t have that conversation with myself everyday because I know I will lose it. I had that conversation once, about two years ago, and I have not looked back. Sure, there are days when it is harder than others and I fail. But for the most part, that is a settled issue. I am a writer. Writers write. They don’t argue about whether to write. They don’t analyze if they will write today or not. They write.
There’s my not-so-secret secret.
Stop deciding whether you will sing or dance or be an accountant or study or play with your kids.
Decide it once and then do it.