Writing is a calling, not a choice.
I’ve written less since spring season.
New job, new challenges, and a big focus on the day-to-day of my passions pulled me into my introverted nature to sit back and take in my new surroundings.
So I made a decision, to give myself space from writing, while I adjusted to these rapid, yet pivotal, life changes.
After a while, though, the yearning returned. My true passion, writing to draw out your success. To make you, us, the world feel the inspiration and magnitude of pleasure from doing our greatest good.
These words do not come out, they escape, as if they were always there, a kyuubi, waiting for me to tap into its infinite power. No matter how far I push it away from my deepest desire to write it pummels back to me.
What is a calling that you can not ignore?
Finding your calling may not always be easy, but following your calling is twice as hard, but you HAVE to do it for it to be realized in your life. So what do you do as an alternative to putting-it-off forever?
Take a break.
Find time to walk away in a calm, controlled, and consenting manner.
You may think …now Zinga…how could you suggest putting-it-off as a remedy to putting-it-off?
At first the idea does seem like a contradictory, but taking a break, involves some key factors to keep it from falling on the dark side of the procrastination line.
Here are some quick factors to taking a break:
Have a reset time. The main difference between taking a break and procrastinating forever is that you get back to doing what you were doing. Maybe you use an exact date and time, maybe you use an event in your life, or maybe you have a season in mind. Just know, visualize, and even write down when you will return to your original activity. Please note, the length of your timeline should be set realistically to how important it is that you get back to what you’re doing. For instance, if it’s your goal to get an A on a test in two weeks, but you need to take a break, then a two week break wouldn’t make sense.
Choose honor over guilt. Find the admirable reasons for making your choice instead of reasons that make you feel guilty. If you are in a state of rest then respect your wish to let your body restore itself. If you need to reshift your priorities for pressing matters, then appreciate your ability to adapt to new situations and see things through. Whatever narrative you build, it should be one that is from a positive perspective.
Use what you learned. During your break, try to find one-to-two learning nuggets you can implement once you reset. Maybe it’s a shift in your schedule or reaching out to form new partnerships. This sets up two bonuses to your break:
1) You can be assured your break fits into your larger master plan
2) Your break serves an immediate purpose of helping to improve your your path to success.
So…this is how am I making an honest reset with writing for this page. I allowed myself to adjust to the pace my new situation before getting back to get back to writing. I committed to a goal to write again before the year was over. During my break, I learned that given the new responsibilities to be consistent, I will give myself time to ease into it, starting with twice a week!
Are you ready to hit the reset button on something in your life, what is it?
Til the next time,