First, I wanted to take a moment to announce the winner of the giveaway for Lisa Jordan’s new book, Lakeside Family. The winner is
Loree, I’ll email you to ask where you’d like the book sent.
“I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27, The Message)
As most of you know, I’m a writer.
I love making words come alive on a page. I love creating characters and, yes, hearing their voices in my head. I even—gasp!—love editing. But I AM an editor in my day job, so that shouldn’t be THAT shocking.
And yet, despite my love of writing, I often find myself with a whole day, whole week, maybe weeks gone by without adding to my WIP (work in progress).
Because there’s simply no time. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
Because I can somehow find time for other things, can’t I? Like watch The Bachelor (I know, I know). Or read (hey, it’s called market research…ahem). Or Facebook (yes, it’s totally a verb). Or just sit here staring off into space.
But I’m tired, or I’m out of ideas, or I’m this or I’m that. There always seems to be SOME excuse standing between me and my writing, isn’t there?
Between me and my dream.
It’s so easy to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Or even “I’ll double my efforts tomorrow to make up for slacking off yesterday.”
But the thing is, as we all know, dreams are not achieved overnight. They’re not. No, dreams and goal achievement are the direct result of continued, disciplined practice.
We cannot write a novel overnight or even in a week. Instead, we write a novel in 1,000-word chunks, or 3,000-word chunks, or maybe even 100-word chunks.
The point is, anything worth achieving takes time, focused energy, and a plan.
Let’s compare it to running a race.
I’m comparing it to this because I signed up to run a 5K at the end of September.
I am a writer. A runner? Not. So. Much.
But I have a goal of losing weight. Thus, the 5K.
I’ve only run one race before and I trained for like five months. I was surprised how much I loved the results. I was thinner and I accomplished something I never thought I could do.
But I didn’t just wake up one morning and say, “Hmm, think I’ll run a 5K today.”
While some may be blessed in this area, that sure ain’t me. (Can I get an amen?!)
And since I haven’t run in awhile (um, since that last race), I have to train again. This time, my training window is a lot shorter.
So I have to get up early to run. I have to run even though my side aches. Even though I’d pretty much rather be doing ANYTHING else at 5:30 in the morning…or anytime, for that matter.
But I’m doing it—little by little—and I see my progress. It’s not much, and someone else might not notice it right away. But it’s there.
Just like with writing. One thousand words does not a novel make—but enough 1,000-word scenes, over time, WILL make a novel.
So, friend, stick with it! Whether you’re writing a novel too, or running a race, or working your way toward a degree, or potty training your kids…whatever you’re doing, just do what you can today.
Make yourself face what’s difficult…today!
And realize that today DOES matter.
Your Turn: What goal are you working toward, and how are you planning to get there?
*I’m guest posting today at Jessica Patch’s blog. Come say hi!
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