Happy 2017 everyone! I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday season!
Since we’re all now back to the grind, this blog post will be as well.
I’ve written previously about pushing through the most difficult part of a book: the middle. The big parts are finished, the end isn’t quite yet in sight, and you just have to keep plugging away and following through on that promise to yourself and your readers of a finished book.
Following through. Oof. Easier said than done sometimes, right?
You mean well and sometimes even make plans but then that thing called life gets in the way. Maybe the hiccup really was out of your control…we all have times when work, family, etc. spoil the best of intentions. Or maybe you “let” life get in the way…sometimes it’s easier to blame circumstances than to follow through.
What if you’re like the billions of your fellow Earthlings and want to get better at following through? Heck, that’s why so many people set New Years Resolutions, right? An attempt to follow through on a goal?
Well, here are Danielle’s tips for finishing what you start and becoming the reliable person/goal achiever that you’ve always wanted to be! (Hopefully I’ll remember to listen to my own advice! 😉)
Figure out what is important. There is a limited amount of time in each day and we have to allocate that resource wisely. Some things will inevitably take high priority: sleep, family, and work. But if there’s a new activity that you want to bump up the list, you have to do just that: bump it up the list. Which means something else will inevitably get bumped down. But following through begins with knowing where things stand in your life, so that you can…
2. Only commit if you mean it
Sometimes we get a little too ambitious. We get a little too wrapped up in the moment and we think “sure, I can write a book in 4 months” or “I’ve never run in my life but I’m gonna finish a marathon each month this year” or something else absurd. Our time is precious (see #1), so only commit to something if you really mean it. Otherwise, you’ll feel guilty when you don’t follow through and you’ll run the risk of earning a reputation as a flake. And remember:
3. No excuses
The vast majority of successful people are successful because they want it more. Because when you really want something, you’re willing to sacrifice for it. For example, my mom and I watched every episode of Gilmore Girls when I was growing up. When I went away to college, we would call each other during the opening credits to sing the show’s theme song (yes, we’re crazy). And even though new episodes were released the day after Thanksgiving, I haven’t watched them. Because as much as I loved Lorelai and Rory, I love writing more. And I want to be a successful author more.
The trick to following through? As Nike said, just do it. No excuses. If you want it, if you really want it, you’ll make it happen.