This has literally been the hardest post I’ve ever written.
Not that it stems from something deeply personal or anything like that, but it’s has literally just been very hard to write.
I sit down at my computer and get ready to write it and I just keep finding other things to do. My hands don’t want to type and my mind isn’t putting up much of a fight.
A quick search of google gives me reasons supposedly why I’m having trouble writing [none of them apply]:
- Lack of passion [still passionate and on track for my goals]
- Lack of traffic [just wrote the most trafficked article ever on the site]
- Lack of money [I don't have any money problems]
- Lack of things to say [I have a whole notebook filled with ideas to write about]
I’ve just been resisting writing for one reason:
In writing, in sports, in life.
Sometimes its just plain hard.
You get tired, you get worn out, and you don’t feel like finishing what you set out to do.
If you try to do something impossible, it will happen to you. Guaranteed. When you get there, here’s what you can do:
Lean Into Your Network.
Take a step back, look at those guys you’ve surrounded yourself with and get inspired. I’ve been kicked in the face four times in the last 24 hours by stuff I’ve heard/read/seen by guys I respect a ton. I’ve been sort of coasting, tired out, wanting a break, but then yesterday…
Brett posted this on twitter
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” ” – Muhammad Ali
I’m great at applying that to physical challenges, but with things like writing, for me it’s hard. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes I hate it, and sometimes you could say “I suffer” but I keep doing it because honestly I want to do and it’s something that’s worth doing because there’s a larger picture.
Then Sean wrote about that larger picture when he talked about how he wants to have a “glory life,” not just a few glory days to look back on. Why just have a few awesome days to look back on? Why not have them all be awesome? Why not have an awesome life? That’s what I want.
I thought back to a conversation I had with David Crandall [one of my favorite bloggers, for his transparency if nothing else] when he was talking about how he “hit a dip.” I realized when I went back and re-read that post that it happens to everyone. Everyone gets tired. Everyone gets worn down. When you go off-road and try something new, you hit ruts, it’s expected. It’s part of the deal. Dig into your network. They’ll help you out. Big time.
Remember Your Purpose
Reading those articles was a starter, but the kicker was when I listened to Mark Lawrence’s interview on Blogcast FM. I haven’t actually ever met Mark in person, but when he was talking to Sri, it was like he was telling me directly why I’m even bothering doing any of this. Mark and I haven’t even talked besides exchanging tweets, but during his interview he said four distinct things that I have literally thought and/or have written down in the last four months since I’ve started this blog but forgot:
- “My blog is a tool to enhance my life.”
- “Sometimes when you’re busy preparing for the future, you forget about today.”
- “What’s safe is boring and a lot of times, it’s not even safe.”
- “Every excuse that exists…is just an excuse.”
Lay Out Your Plan of Attack
Get After It
Hustle, Hustle, Hustle. Plans don’t do much good without action. I’ve got a notebook full of ideas just sitting around being ideas. It’s time for them to be something more than that. Now’s the time to make it happen.
50 posts down. Lots more to come…