“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal .”
"I think we can be successful. Staying focused is the main thing; there are a lot of distractions out there."
I’m going to try to do two things in the next few minutes:
- I’m going to try to write one more blog before going to bed.
- I’ m going to try to write without stopping.
- I’m going to not let anything distract or interrupt me.
Now I know what Yoda said in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
I like that quote; I’ve often used it myself. But trying is all I can do. I know my habits and flaws and weaknesses. I’m not making excuses for them or justifying them. I just know them. And for me to say that I’m going to write without pause, distraction or interruption, well, that’s saying a lot.
But here I am trying anyway. I’ve toyed with the idea for a while now. I’ve often been told that the first draft should be written straight through and then I go back and edit it. But I hate those little red and green lines under the words where Microsoft believes I made a mistake. So I go back and edit right away. That’s probably not going to change. I choose not to change that for now.
But what about the interruptions and distractions? Well, that I have a little better control over, but only a little. I recognize that my ADHD or my ADHD-like symptoms make it difficult for me to keep one thought in my head at a time. Still, I’m doing my best to not give in to checking Facebook or e-mail. This is not easy for me. Right now my phone just buzzed and I’m dying to check it. But I’m not going to; I’m going to keep writing.
Why am I doing all this anyway? Well, I’m writing another blog so that I can get closer to my goal. I don’t have to. I may not even reach my goal, but I’m going to do my best. After this, if I’m still tired, I can go to bed. If I’m not, maybe I can watch a movie. Either way I will enjoy sleep or a movie more if I can just be diligent and focused for a few more minutes.
Here’s the thing: every time I write a blog, the following happens:
1. I get closer to my goal.
2. I strengthen my writing skills.
3. I feel better about myself.
4. I have one more blog that I will enjoy reading.
With regard to that last statement, I don’t want to be immodest, but I really enjoy reading my own work. I almost always have. Now I’ve written over 120 blogs. And so far, I enjoy reading all of them. Even if no one else reads them, I can enjoy them. According to the numbers, not a lot of people are reading them, but that’s okay. I’m going to keep working and keep writing until I get the results I want. And as I said, I enjoy reading them. It’s fun to create something, almost anything good that brings joy and assistance to others and say, “Wow! I did that!” That’s how I often feel when I read my blogs. And this doesn’t lead to conceit. Just the opposite. It’s a very humbling experience to see your own work. I know I’m the one sitting here at the keyboard, but I still believe these words and this work comes from a power far greater than me. I’m not a creator of this work; I’m a co-creator at best.
I think that’s part of the beauty of being in Purpose – watching something supernatural work through me. I think that’s why I enjoy reading my own work so much – it’s not really mine.
I’m falling asleep now so I’m ready to finish. I am happy because I kept my promise to myself. I worked without allowing interruptions or distractions. And I finished this blog in record time. Now my time is mine. But tomorrow morning when I wake up I will Get Started and I will Keep Going.