“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
“(He)who wishes to fight must first count the cost…”
“Never venture, never win!”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Right now I’m writing for the sake of self-discipline, not because I have anything to say…yet. Often once I Get Started the thing I’m supposed to say comes to me. So I keep writing until that happens. It’s a watching and waiting game. The Muse is watching me to see if I’m working. I’m waiting for her to give me something, but, as I’ve said before, I can’t wait passively. I have to be working.
Sometimes I can be working on something else, but my mind at least needs to be on my writing to some extent. If I can’t get my fingers here, I need to at least keep my mind here. What does a writer write when he has nothing to write about?
· He writes about writing.
· He writes about life.
· He writes about his sadness.
· He writes about his hopes.
· He writes about his losses.
· He writes about his victories.
· He writes about what he loves.
· He writes about what he knows and sometimes doesn’t know, but learns as he writes.
· He writes until he feels he has nothing to say any longer. (That day comes about three days after he dies.)
So I keep working, trying to reach my goal, though it seems so far away as to be almost invisible. I know that what I need to do is put in a certain number of hours until my goals are reached. I just don’t know how many hours that will be. So I keep writing. I keep creating blogs. I’m almost to 300. Tomorrow I’m making it my goal to write three.
Eventually I want to be a full-time writer, but today a friend pointed out that I’m already a writer. And I am. But I’m a writer who hasn’t reached his goal yet. So I Keep Going.
The other truth is that I love writing. I love doing this. It’s a privilege to be in my Purpose. I think one of the keys to a happy life is to spend as much time as possible in one’s Purpose or Purposes. Everything else is just a waste of time.
So this is what I have to do:
1. I have to write the next day’s objectives down every night before I go to bed.
2. I have to make sure as many of my tasks as possible align with my goals.
3. I need to use my time wisely, including the time I “waste.” (Sometimes “wasting” time is actually using it well, as long as I’m aware of what I’m doing.
4. I have to complete those objectives.
5. I have to repeat Steps 1-5.
That’s it. That’s the battle plan. It’s pretty simple, though it may not always be easy. All I have to do is Get Started and Keep Going…and stick to the battle plan.