I had an intimidating writing project.
In my mind, it was big and intimidating, because it is my highest paid project thus far, and it is equally one I had never attempted before. Two weekends ago, I was getting more and more stressed about it, because I was still sitting on it and my butt had began to stink. I was working on other projects, but I knew I needed to get on this particular one, but I avoided it. I made excuses about how the deadline was still a month and weeks away and how my other projects (which were more "fun") needed immediate attention.
I was intimidated. I simply did not feel like starting, and I was in a rut. Last week, I decided to tackle this project. I had already started on the research, but I knew If I wanted to do a good job and satsify my client's need, I needed to get to it already. I started writing. I got down to it and by Thursday, I was amazed at how much progress I had made. Progess I would not have seen if I stayed on my butt making excuses.
Things are not always rosy with JostWrite especially if a project is not "fun." However, I have learnt a way to cross these hurdles...I just start. I get off my stinky butt and start. Most small businesses do not survive the first year, a few more are dead in three years and a significant chunk are gone in five years. I am inspired by small business owners and entrepreneurs who push past each year mark. I am also learning that the key to thriving is not just a booming market, a solid business plan or customers, it is also the act of starting and the act of keeping it moving.
It takes breaking a big task down into chunks, allocating a few hours to it per day and tackling it heads on. As each day went by last week, the project got done little by little, hour by hour and day by day. I'm not done, but I have made significant progress and have plans to spend a big chunk of this week tackling it.
I am getting off my butt to commit the time, energy and faith my dream requires. When passion and enthusiasm takes a break, determination and hardwork need never rest.
It is important to start. To get off our butts and excuses...to start. With each little step, each hour that creeps by and each new day that emerges, we are one step from the finishing line. At the end, I know I'm one project down, I would have gained a new skill and my portfolio would be one project richer.
Wish me luck as I publish this blog post and spend the next two hours on the now not-so -intimidating project. :)
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