Setting the wheels in motion and getting yourself moving in the right direction of your dreams can take a lot of effort. You can come up with all kinds of excuses but the bottom line is…you need to get the lead out. So to speak. There’s times I’ve felt like an old car or truck who can’t get quite enough umph to get going. I’d crank up the engine (my laptop), put in a little fuel (thought process) and sit there and idle (draw a blank) until I’d either run out of gas (enthusiasm) or turn off the engine (give up). I ran the old programs of “what do I have to say that hasn’t already been said” or “why would people be interested in what I have to say”. Who cares! Say it anyway.
Today is the day…seize the moment…set goals…make a list…yawn. We’ve heard it all before. For me, it’s making a promise and a commitment to myself to sit down everyday and write. I’ve spent more time than you can imagine doing research and reading blogs on learning how to blog. It boils down to this…stop procrastinating and just do it. All the other things will come in time. What a concept. I am not saying learning and researching is not something we should do. What I am saying is you will learn as you go along. With Social Media and all the “How TO Do IT” e-books and articles out there, it tends to get a wee bit overwhelming. Well actually it gets a WHOLE LOT overwhelming. Don’t worry about what niche you want to be in. That can change and probably will. Finding your passion about what you want to write about was the number one thing for me that was holding me back. Taking the time to sit and think about it is key. Okay, so it’s taken a bit longer than I thought it would but it doesnt matter. What matters is I’m doing it NOW.
Recently in one of my moments of traveling on the sidewalks of memories in my mind, I started thinking about my mom. My mom had a sense of humor that kept you on your toes. She always found something to laugh at even though things may not have been easy. One of her favorite people was Erma Bombeck. Some of you may be too young to know who Erma Bombeck was. She was a writer who used humor as a way to express herself. She truly was a pioneer in her field. Her career started in when she was in Junior High School in the early 1940’s. Stop and think about that for a moment. She started her career long before the technology we have these days existed yet she managed to become quite a journalist, author and television personality. She took everyday examples of her life as a wife and mother and made a living at it. She was a very talented and funny lady. My point about bringing Erma up is that if she could do it then, I, or any of us, can do it know.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. Erma Bombeck
There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. Erma Bombeck
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. Erma Bombeck
Inspiration comes at different times. Sometimes in unsuspecting ways. I have learned to keep a notebook and pen handy. I know with the tools we have these days like iPads and iPhones, one can expect to use them in a faster way. Perhaps that is true for some. However, for me, I like writing things down as I experience them. It gives me the opportunity to go back and read them and make additional comments. I find that for me by the time I get my smart devices out and find the app to make the notes on, the moment has passed. I’m faster at writing notes down and then using my phone to snap a picture or two that I can add to my post once I am writing it. That may change as I become more proficient at note taking but for now, I like the way I do it. What works for you?
Say It Anyway You Want
Consistency has been a big challenge for me. Making the promise to yourself is one thing. Being held accountable is another. You are the only one that can hold you accountable. You may think others will hold you accountable but it really is about you. What is your dream? What do you want to say to the world through your posts that will mean something to you? Don’t concern yourself with what others think. This is the time for you to be you. Say it anyway you want.