Or I’m not. And then I do nothing.
About a month ago, I wrote about realizing that I simply didn’t have the time to write an entire eBook in three and a half months before the Allume conference. I had just finished up Jeff Goins #15Habits Challenge. In that challenge, I was inspired to write an eBook. Then I added the goal of having it ready by the time I went to Allume, so I could share it there and figure out the next step.
I even got up at 3:50 one morning to have 2 hours to write.
But then I never found the time or inspiration to get back to that eBook. I thought about it as I went to sleep and wrote some great stuff while drifting off. But when the morning came, all my creative genius was lost.
So I wrote about realizing that I needed a more realistic goal. This would likely mean that I would not have that eBook finished by Octobor–but maybe by the New Year or early Spring.
After hitting publish on that post, I haven’t written one word on that eBook. I just stopped completely. That was never my intention, but its what happened. My intention was to write a bit here and there until it all added up to an eBook.
So now here I am. Back at square one and frustrated. I want to write that eBook. I need to. It’s rolling around in my head and I want it out! I also need to figure out what’s holding me back.
Is it laziness? Would I simply prefer to watch TV or nap during my free time. Achieving my goals will require sacrifice.
Is it fear? Writing for this blog comes easy to me. The words just pour out. Writing this eBook is hard. I labor over every sentence–afraid of saying the wrong thing. Achieving my goal will require trusting in God to cast out that fear.
Is it unrealistic expectations? What do I expect this eBook to be? Do I feel like I can’t measure up to the vision in my head, so it’s safer to just leave it there? Do I feel like since I most likely can’t finish it by October, it isn’t worth writing? Achieving my goal will require adapting expectations as time goes by and just going for it.
My new mantra: Determine the sacrifice, trust in God, set flexible expectations, and then just do it! <—Click to Tweet!
My son starts Mother’s Day Out tomorrow. He will be there two mornings a week. My plan is to focus solely on the eBook for at least one hour each of those days. That’s two hours a week. It’s not much, but it’s a start. I’ve gotta start somewhere, right?
Will you do me a favor and ask me about the eBook every now and then? Send me an e-mail or tweet. I’d love for you to hold me accountable!
Do you have a project you keep avoiding? What do you need to do to get going? Any suggestions for me? Let’s chat in the comments!
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