The new year is fast-approaching. (Granted with the Christmas holiday, I find that I don’t know what day of the week it is, which is a great feeling!)
Give or take a day or two, the New Year is upon us. And you know what that means?! It’s time for those good ol’ New Year’s Resolutions!
You are probably reading this with skepticism, thinking: “Here’s another one of those postings about making resolutions that are usually broken within a month.”
Rest-assured that is NOT what this is about. I will not be writing about resolutions; instead, I will be sharing ONE QUESTION that I recently asked myself.
I have asked myself other questions, such as WHAT DO I WANT — WHAT GOALS DO I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE?
That IS important after all.
For me, I want to be healthy (tone, fit, and weighing less) AND I want to finish not one, but two writing projects this year (my sequel and a screen play). Eventually, I want to be able to quit my job (although I do love it, just not the commute) and earn a profitable living from my writing.
When I express this desire, I can see the doubt of those I’ve told. Making a living from writing and being a successful author is — statistically — difficult to achieve.
[Good thing, I was never a fan of statistics.]
Working full-time does make my goals much harder to achieve. Which was the reality I was facing when THE QUESTION popped into my head. It came to me one morning so prominently (as if someone else literally was asking me the question). And that was when the light bulb went off!
HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
It was that one simple question that called-out all my excuses.
“I really want it,” I heard myself answer.
“But, but. . .I am sooooo tired in the morning,”
Hmmm, how bad DID I want it? I visualized what I wanted—I saw myself skinny and tone. I pictured myself promoting my best-selling book(s). I saw myself fulfilled, happy, and content with my life.
THAT QUESTION wasn’t going to let me escape the harsh reality (aka, my epiphany): Was I willing to do what it took?
I know that I will have to give up things—I may need to write instead of going out with friends. I need to resist that dessert, exercise, and track my calories. I need to not watch television but instead work on my book. My excuses are legit, but they are also what’s going to prevent me from achieving what I want. THAT QUESTION (THE QUESTION) allows me to be honest–truly honest–with myself.