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