For about a month now, I have been unable to write anything for my blog… Every time I sit at my study, I find myself staring at a blank word page. Typing a few sentences for an introduction of a story that tan into my head either while I slept, or while I took shower. But then quickly using the backspace button and disapproving everything that I had typed.
This trend was getting Mr nauseated. Especially because I am a member of a WhatsApp group for bloggers. Your peers are dropping links day and night. Getting reviews for their work. And you are just there reading comments. You can’t even muzzle guts to critique a peer’s style because you are literally in a dry spell.
However, in the course of my writing block, I stumbled upon “No Excuses” a book on self improvement by Brian Tracy. As I read the book, I experienced a new paradigm. I felt some sort of newness. It was my Aha! Moment.
Vote yourself off the “someday island”
The first reason why I have been struggling in my writing career is procrastination. I always find an excuse to put off that itching story… I always tell myself “you already had a busy day at work. Writing can wait.”
You too might be experiencing this. At work. In your marriage. Or at school. But here is the gem. No more excuses. Do it or don’t do it. But don’t make excuses.
Stop using your incredible brain to think up elaborate rationalization and justification for not taking action.
The development of self discipline
One of the most difficult things to do is to stick to your plan when you are not accountable to anybody but you. You always tell yourself “I am the boss”
Are you prepared to pay the price of success? … Elbert Hubbard said that self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.
This statement immensely caught my attention.That with self discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
The expediency principle
The zeal with which Kenyan youth have taken on sports betting epitomizes the expediency principle.
People invariably seek the fastest and easiest way to get the things they want, right now with little or no concern for the repercussions of their actions in the long run.
You probably asked for a soft loan from a friend because you had no food. But your emotional appetite informs your mental faculty that the gods of Sport pesa jackpot owed you a blessing and your 100 Bob would make you a star after just 90minutes. Easy and fast…right?
Think long term
A struggling writer is one who writes an incredibly interesting piece. Then lives the audience hanging. Gasping for more. He/she however includes a Watch out for part two at the end of the piece.
The reader is therefore cajoled that the story will be continued. That the author will finally say what happened at the end. One week… nothing. Two weeks… nothing. Three… Four… The reader forgets you ever existed.
Your ability to think,plan and work hard in the short term and to discipline yourself to do what is right and necessary before you do what is fun and easy is key to creating a wonderful future for yourself