I’m coming up on two weeks into my body/mind transformation with trainer Greg Plitt. This morning, as I was pushing my body through moves that, to be truthful, it wholly resists, I thought about how to apply this work to my career.
I think it all boils down to one thing: just do it. Nike had it right when they created that brand. They know what we don’t want to – that your writing, your career, your life all depend upon one thing: your determination to do the work.
I’m a storyteller. What does that mean? Well, simply, that I write. Every day. Without fail. No excuses. Or I storyboard. Every day. I just do it. It’s my job.
If you aren’t writing, it is possible that you aren’t a writer. Life is filled with distractions – the internet, Netflix, gazillion channel TV services, smart phones, tablets, traffic, news, celebutantes and train wrecks. I won’t even mention relationships.
I think sometimes that these distractions are a test. They are there to challenge us; they separate the wheat from the chaff.
We also turn to other excuses – our physical state often comes in to play. “I just don’t feel like writing.”
Think about this:
- Sudha Chandran is one of the most acclaimed dancers in the Indian Subcontinent. She is also an amputee.
- Marla Runyan ran in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She is blind.
- Christy Brown was a noted painter and writer, though he was believed to be intellectually handicapped from birth, due to a most severe case of cerebral palsy.
- Jean-Do wrote “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by communicating through blinking, as following a massive heart attack, he became a prisoner of Locked-In Syndrome.
You only have this day once. You will never have this day again.
Ask yourself: What do I really want to do in my life?
If your answer is: I want to be a writer, then now is the time. Pick yourself up. Grab your keyboard or your tablet or your legal pad… whatever you use to channel the muse….
and just do it.
Now, go write.
HRH, Princess Scribe
This post brought tears to my eyes, Annie. The truth in your words is piercing.
Sandra, you are such an inspiration to me. You. Just. Do it. Each and everyday.
Reblogged this on Red Crested Chatter and commented:
The Princess’s words today are pure blinding truth …
Great post! Couldn’t agree more.
I’m also in the same category: I’m handicaped in some way and I write and play music!
Awesome! keep up the good words… and notes!
Juliet Prowse was on Johnny Carson years ago. Johnny asked her how she stood out among the hundreds of chorus girls at the time to be considered for higher endeavors. She told him she thought it had something to do with one of her legs being two inches shorter than the other.
Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon, wrote a book called Psycho Cybernetics. He noticed, after a forty-year career, that when he changed someone’s face, it took him or her an average of twenty-one days to orient their self-image and adapt to their new visage. He inferred that any habit could be formed or broken (programmed) in twenty-one days. Since I read the book as a teen, all my New Year’s resolutions have lasted at least that long. There seems to be something to it.
The more I do something unpleasant, the more fun it becomes. This includes writing (sometimes) and working out (usually). If I make it twenty-one days in a row, I am in the groove. But, it requires forcing myself to endure the adjustment. It’s important to remember that the hard part is not forever.
Wise, words, Frank. Thank you so much. 🙂