Apparently, day 75 was the magic number. I sat to write and the normal excitement of my daily writing and posting was lacking. This is where reality hits, the honeymoon is over and persistence kicks in. I needed help, so I looked to a generous hero for a kick in the pants. I found the 6,000th blog post by Seth Godin and he discusses SUSDAT; show up, sit down and type. Even Charmin doesn't dull the pain from the kick, but I am grateful. I don't do public math, but there is a big difference between 6,000 and 75, and 6,000 is an inspiring number. Doing the work requires persistence even if the feeling is lacking. Notice, the inquiry is not about your job that you trade hours for dollars, but your work. Your work is what you choose to invest your time and effort into, regardless of pay, and reflects who you are. Do you paint, code, trace family history or coach the soccer team? What does persistence look like when you need to show up? I discuss inquiries and challenge readers to do some deeper thinking and showing up looks like daily shipping my art. The universe conspires to bog us down, just as gravity eventually pulls the most powerful bullet to the ground. The energy, the fire, the motivation to keep going and pushing against the resistance is critical to maintain. Pushing out one more rep, selling one more box of Girl Scout cookies or editing the pages just one more time. Inspiration helps when the mind and body are weary, but these are causes you have determined are worthy of your attention, regardless of a feeling. Now is the time for persistence to produce your work and ship your art; we are waiting.
Thanks Seth, I needed your help.
Where do you look for motivation to persist? What are your work goals? What is the commitment you have made to yourself? Who do you call to keep you moving? What favorite sayings keep you moving? What question did I miss?