How To Conquer The Temptation To Give Up

Writing this week’s post has been exceedingly difficult. Although I have attempted to diagnose why I cannot determine a specific reason. I have definitely met with resistance while attempting to write this week. Trying to compose my thoughts has felt like trying to wade through molasses. Assembling ideas into a coherent narrative has been all but impossible. Frankly, it was maddening.

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Moments such as these have been few and far between for me over the past year and a half. There have only been a handful of weeks where I faced writer’s block. But it hit me hard this week. I tried physical activity to stem my restlessness. I tried sitting in quiet solitude to find inspiration. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nothing.

As I struggled against the temptation to give up and not prepare a post for today, I came down to three key thoughts:

  1. Everything I create cannot be awesome. As much as I would prefer to have all the blog posts I write to be great, inspirational, and life-changing, I have to be realistic. It is just not going to happen. However, if I give up and write no posts then I will never produce anything that connects with the audience.
  2. Persistence pays off. While writing this blog my six-year old daughter asked me how to do a somersault. I stopped and took a few moments to try and help her. She couldn’t quite get it, but she refused to give up. Only after consulting YouTube was she able to get it. It never even occurred to her to stop trying. I need the same tenacity.
  3. Remember why. The most powerful thought I was reminded of as I struggled to write was to focus on the reasons why I write a blog post every week. I write to improve as a writer and for the process to change me. I publish a post every week to have the discipline refine my character and because I hope to influence others to follow their passions.

If you find yourself stuck and out of ideas, mired in thoughts of giving up or feeling like what you are doing is not making a difference, I encourage you to stop and reflect on the three items above. These thoughts may not be a dramatic revelation, but they are wisdom you know and may have forgotten in the midst of your struggle. Hopefully, my difficulties can illuminate a path for you to overcome your own obstacles.

Question: What is stopping you from accomplishing your goals? What other nuggets of wisdom keep you going? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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