“I hated every minute of training, but I said to myself, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”
“Never, never, never give up.”
I don’t know when or what it’s going to be, but some time soon, maybe this week, all of us are going to be facing some tough challenge in our writing life. We’re going to be feeling frustrated, fearful, and faint-hearted. We’re going to feel like throwing in the towel or taking the easy way out or holding back instead of stepping on the gas.
But here’s something else I know: If we want to get to the next level and achieve our goals, we’re going to have to stretch and strain. We’re going to need to push ourselves past the self-imposed limitations that are holding us back.
Can we do this? Sure we can. But will we do it? That’s the choice we have to make: We can fight through the pain or we can stay in our comfort zones. If we fight through the pain, the possibilities are endless. If we stay in our comfort zones, nothing much is going to happen. We’ll keep getting what we’ve always gotten.
No pain, no gain: That pretty much sums up the situation. None of this is easy: Discomfort is…well, uncomfortable. The only way I’ve found to handle it is to accept it and then just dive in. Usually when I do this I find that the pain and the discomfort fade away.
So, where’s your pain point right now? Are you facing a major revision and feeling overwhelmed? Are you stalled and confused about a piece of writing you’ve been struggling with? Are you feeling like you need to tackle a sensitive issue but afraid that it’s too dangerous, too close to home? Or, like me, are you hitting the submission stage and feeling vulnerable and a bit edgy?
Wherever we find ourselves, let’s remember what my friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert says on his Success Hotline (973.743.4690):”The pain of discipline weighs ounces; the pain of regret weighs tons.” Let’s fight through whatever challenge we’re facing. We can do this — and write on!