2 Minutes

Two Minutes (3.3)

I know how pressed for time we all can be, and I say that very loosely. I’m as guilty as you are, “I don’t have time to …” and you can fill in the blank. How many minutes of the day do I spend aimlessly wandering the digital world liking posts I don’t read all the way through, skipping good content in lieu of a photo, or skipping a photo because of a video? Answer: probably too many. We all do it, hell, I’m willing to bet 85% of the people who saw this post skipped it. Want to prove me wrong? Go ahead and leave the comment “PINEAPPLE” below. Let’s see how I do?

Point is, I came across a video with Eric Thomas (see my admitting contradiction above) and in it he talks about not believing in the word procrastination. Now, the writer side of my mind immediately wants to contradict this, but as he goes on he explains how it’s not that we put things off, it’s that they don’t hold meaning to us. We lack motivation to do things if they aren’t a priority to us.

I’ve got to admit, he’s damn right. I have been “procrastinating” certain aspects of writing and publishing because of my own fear, doubt, reluctance and laziness. And if we’re doing things for anyone else’s sake, then we’re taking away OUR meaning for THEIRS. Now, we can all be respectful of others, but when we truly want something there’s a way to get it done without sacrificing somebody else’s time/money/sanity in the process.

The trick is telling ourselves and then just doing it. Not much of a secret or a surprise. And as much as I’d be willing to drag this on for pages upon pages, that’s the root of the root and the bud of the bud. Plus, I’ll be doing these little insights every Friday. They’ll only last 2 minutes of your day, hence the title. Maybe one day, with enough interest, I’ll simply do a video for this length, but first I want to see if you’d be willing to earn it 😉

And our two minutes is over.

Journey of 1000 Miles

Be Phenomenal

For all of us who have to wonder if we’ll make the next step:

Life Duh's, Life Hacks

Life Hack.11

Motivation breeds from looking at the things you want and identifying the steps to get there.

Journey of 1000 Miles

Revolutions Not Resolutions

In a magical land of make-believe, there are ice cream sundaes that make you loose weight. Sitting around and doing absolutely nothing, indeed solves the problem. The less effort you put into something, the more it gets accomplished. And you CAN win the lottery, even if you don’t play.

And, back in reality, we will disregard everything make-believe stands to promise. It’s a hard road to go down if you want to be fit, successful, happy or wealthy. Name one person who made themselves an icon or role model who hasn’t struggled, trained or clawed their way to get there.

Being told “no” a hundred times will make you savor the “yes” when it does happen. This year will be a struggle, but I plan to make it the goddamn best struggle I can. I hope whatever plans you are setting in place, you make sure to stand when you could just sit, walk when you could stand and run when you could walk. If nothing else, this is for yourself. Any extra applause will only make your smile bigger.

Journey of 1000 Miles

Go Out and Shoot Your…

I was daydreaming instead of editing the other day and wondered about the wide world of marketing. Mainly, I was thinking to myself, I wish I had a symbol, like Batman or McDonald’s where I could be seen and immediately recognized. Granted, I think that if I last another 60 years or so and stick to a symbol, I can make that happen. Alas, I will have to spell out my name…le sigh.

In my imaginarium, I began thinking of tattoos. Weird, I know. But I am an avid fan of tattoos, the art they portray symbolizing the milestones or feelings in a person’s life at a given point. I thought, if I could become a full-time author, what would be a tattoo speaking to my profession?

I finally came back with an arrow. I’m not bandwagoning the Hunger Games in this notion. As authors, we are essentially preparing to shoot arrows at a target. The arrows are our stories. However we succeed is judged on where it lands ahead of us. We have to take careful preparations and practice to get to the bullseye, but when we do, each one after gets easier to hit.

So, as an author/archer, the first time is always the hardest. You have to adjust to the pull of your bow (the mechanics of writing, editing, flow, content, audience), take aim at your target (the goal you want to see, literary agents, marketing) and eventually you have to let go and see where you land. If you are lucky, you hit close to your intended spot. The more and more you practice and try, whether short stories or novels, the easier it will become.

I consider this a fair analogy. And because of that, with every published book I will get an arrow tattoo with the name of my work down the shaft. Now that it’s out there in the world, it’s bound to happen. 🙂

Go out and shoot your own arrows, no matter your profession. Just have a goal in mind and focus on what you want. Keep in mind that for any arrow to go forward, it must first go backwards. So never think because you are taking a few steps back, getting pushed back or falling back that you can’t launch further and faster because of it.

NaNoWriMo: 8275 (unfortunately, editing is taking up this month so actual writing is limited)