No excuses. No lies to myself or others. No more victimy wallowing. No more “I don’t know,” “I don’t know what to do,” “I don’t know how.”
Two words: Learned. Bullshit.
Stay focused. Do research. Figure it out. There are too many resources out there–the library, videos, podcasts, tutorials, an entire internet–to ever say, “I don’t know” as your final answer.
Thoughts are things. I didn’t come up with this. You are exactly who you are today because of thoughts, choices, actions, and experiences of yesterday. I didn’t come up with that either.
Choose differently. Keep your power. Change your mind. Rewire. Do not diminish yourself in speech, thought, or action to yourself or others.
You want to be a brilliant writer? (Yeah, yeah. Shut up little brain demon. I’m not too old. It isn’t too late.) A brilliant, solid writer? Be That.
What steps must you choose and then take to become that?
Lizards hate change. You are not a lizard. Your lizard brain has Munchausen’s.
All of life is not a tragedy. Remember your laughter. Remember your love for adventures.
And remember you can’t know all the answers before you begin. But YOU are the constant in all of your days.
You begin. You figure out what you’re doing. You answer questions as you go. You create.
Or, you don’t. And then you write yourself notes for the New Year. Like this one.
Sometimes just letting yourself start and finish is brilliant. Be brilliant.
Do things this morning that make your life easier this evening. And do things this evening that make your life easier tomorrow. You know what these things are.
Do the things that don’t take much more effort. Sure, they take an extra nudge. But they will be the things that let you breathe deeper and feel grateful. Often, they take such little extra effort that you forget you did them. And you find yourself surprised and delighted to rediscover that they are already done.
And, equally important, but more long-term, step forward into the other things. The hard work, the things that take consistent focused effort, the things that probably require doing a lot of steps to make progress.
Like becoming brilliant. And a writer.
Step forward with a sense of adventure. Commit to start and finish. Hold the vision and DO the things that you will thank yourself for later.