Tag Archives: Persistence

NaNo beginnings

3 Nov

So NaNoWriMo 2011 http://www.nanowrimo.org/ has officially begun.

All those hours spent daydreaming with a purpose has led to these days working to manifest the story.  There is an extra energy in the air and a sense of ‘needing’ to achieve your goal, there is also a sense that you may have been mad to commit to this when there’s, you know, life.

My first moment of NaNo madness came in my dreams after day one…  By the end of Day One I had written chapter one and 2,368 words; my imagination was spinning with where the story would go next and in this mind I fell asleep.  In my nightmare the words I had written went through the ‘official’ count and came back with only 892 words because all the words with three letters or less were discounted…

There are an awful lot of words with three letters or less…

And now the first day excitement is wearing down and it is time for the real test: can I change my habits for the month and sustain a daily writing regime?  I confess my daily word count is dipping after some long draining days at work… still 27 days to go and 4 weekends to make up some ground.

Surely this is where the ‘persistence’ mentality must kick in… https://emilyelst.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/living-in-flux/    ‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence…’

There are 27 more days of possibility to go.

If I truly believe I can do anything then I can surely do this!  I wish my fellow NaNoWriMos out there all the best of luck for their storytelling and their sanity in this month.

 

living in flux

24 Aug

A constant state of fluctuation.  The ordinary rollercoaster of life.

One day you are motivated, determined and confident.  The next day you are lethargic, procrastinating and flat.  And of course there is the whole range of emotions you experience in between these highs and lows: elation, happiness, depression, sadness, anger, frustration, satisfaction and the list goes on and on.

And this can all happen in the course of an ordinary day.  It’s the little things that swing you up and down, and then on occasion there’s big events, but it’s the little things that sneakily chip away.

How do we maintain the upswing?  How do you stay positive and inspired, how do you keep yourself trying to do better, to be better…

What else can we do but persevere.  Perseverance is the only thing which has ever really proven to be essential to success.

So, yes life fluctuates every day and we swing back and forth along with it, but if we hold true to what we believe in and keep striving for our dreams we can (eventually) achieve the life we hope to lead.  There will be days where you just don’t seem to have the stamina, and that is when you need to take a short rest and contemplate the fact that all great heroes fail and then they get up again and again and persist.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge

I may be living in flux.  I may be motivated one day and procrastinating the next, but I will always remember to keep on keeping on.

I believe in persistence and I believe in enjoying the rollercoaster journey wherever you can.  Every up and down and plateau in between means I am alive and living and then there is always hope.  I have hope (and a stubborn streak I am counting on!)

Challenging beginnings

20 Jul

How easy we are sidetracked by the mundane petty events of each day.

I still believe that you make your own reality and that you can achieve anything you set out to do, which you strive for with determination.  But it has been one of those phases where the distractions of everyday things make persistence hard to maintain.

There is the initial motivation which carries it’s own momentum.  It is truly easy to believe in possibility then.  To believe in your own capacity to create, persevere, and achieve your goals.

Then the momentum wears itself down, you procrastinate or excuse yourself just for one day.  And suddenly life throws its distractions at you.

Distractions, insignificant dramas that suck you into their segment of time.  Suddenly you are just your day to day moments and all that inner glow is drowned out in just making it through another hour and the next one and another day…  Make it through all the scenes just to get closer to not being in them anymore, closer to the mystery day where it will all be better and you will be all activity and satisfaction.

Every week that mystery day on the horizon, is for me ‘The Weekend’.  Every day, to convince me to get out of bed I remind myself it is one day closer to the weekend.  Aaah, the weekend, when I can wake up the morning without alarm, and get up for myself and My Life.

I am always going to do so many things then… I tell myself this each day of the week.  Of course then it is the weekend, and you can do whatever you like then, it’s your Day Off.  So if you want to do nothing, that’s what you do.  Now, I realise this makes me sound lazy, and I wish I truly was but unfortunately that’s not reality.  I just put my energies into things which are not of true importance to my heart and soul.

I work.  For someone else.  I work at work, I work at home, I work in transit.  I think about work, sometimes dream about work.  I worry about work, I am genuinely concerned about work related things.  I am distracted by work.  And it is not of true significance to My Life.

So here I sit.  Tired, distracted, emotionally drained and feeling like I am not achieving.

And, then he reminds me..  I have love!  How fortunate I am.  What more purpose do you need in life than love?  Love, learning and whatever else it takes to support both.  Everything is better when you see it from a life with love.

So, inspiration, there you are!  Step by step, persistence, perspective, hope.

All I need is a good night (or two) of sleep, and the occasional reminder of what life is all about.  Start filling the jar of life with the big rocks, and the rest will fall in between the spaces.