“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
Wow! I’m tired. I do not want to write. I want to sleep. But the time is getting shorter. By now, I really need to write three blogs a day. Right now I feel like I’m hitting a wall. I just want to sleep. I can’t write one more sentence. Not one more word.
Why did I create this goal?
What’s the point?
Who’s going to notice or care?
When I was a schoolteacher I had this picture of Conan the Barbarian in my office. In it, he’s on the top of a hill and enemies are coming at him from every side. But he keeps fighting. He keeps swinging his sword and defending his territory. That’s what I have to do. I have to keep fighting until I can’t fight any more. I have to keep swinging until I drop.
Well, no. I don’t have to. I can stop. I don’t have to do this. I’m choosing to do it. I’m imposing my own discipline. Buddha said, “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.” Self-mastery is so important. Perhaps it’s one of the most important qualities of all for anyone who wants to make changes in his or her life.
I keep thinking that when all this is done, I’m going to be a stronger writer and a stronger human being. That is the beauty of goals. It’s not even in the accomplishment of t hem. It’s in the honest attempt. Obviously, I want to reach my goal. I think I’m going to, though it looks impossible now. But whether I do or not, I am better for having tried.
That’s all. This was just a short reminder for you and for me.
Get Started. Keep Going.