Have you ever been stuck so far down in a rut you ask yourself “Why bother?”
Recently, actually. It seems as if the harder I work and the more I put into it, the less results I get.
In life we all experience ups and downs. When we are in an upswing we are more likely to want to go the distance, put in the extra effort and pat ourselves on the back for all the accomplishments. But, as soon as things start going downhill we tend to back off, stop trying so hard and chalk things up to “I’m just not good enough” or “It will never happen for me so Why bother?”
I have been in this slump mind-frame for quite sometime now, which is why you haven’t seen any recent posts from me. I realized that only a few people were reading my blog. Even less people were commenting, and as I was pouring my heart and soul into my writing, no one really cared.
So I just quit.
Although I quit writing my blog, my mind has not let me quit thinking about things I want to write about. It has not let me quit thinking about the fact that when I started this blog it was with a mission to encourage others to conquer on when they had challenges to face. Now I am having to look in the mirror and call myself a hypocrite. I mean, if I’m not facing my own challenges, who am I to tell others they can face theirs?
I have so many dreams and goals that I want to accomplish. Quitting is really not an option for me.
I am in the process of submitting my book to agents in the hopes of finding representation and becoming the published author I have dreamed of becoming all of my life.
But my dreams of being published are even bigger than that. I believe someday my novel will be made into a movie. I have felt that way since I first wrote it 8 years ago. Yes, you read that right,. I wrote my book over 8 years ago and it still isn’t published. But, in my defense I have also spent all this time editing it, working with a critique group and getting it ready to submit for publishing.
So now as I am taking the first steps of getting published I am taken back to this blog and why I started it. First off, I love writing and this is a great hobby. Second of all I want to encourage people, (myself) to follow their dreams. Whatever those dreams are. And when it gets hard or it seems like it’s not working, instead of asking Why bother, ask yourself what more you can do.
This weeks challenge is to thing about what has become so hard or so discouraging that you ask yourself why you are continuing to try. Then ask yourself what was the reason you started said project. Go back to your WHY. Once you remember your why you will be more inclined to get going again.
I have remembered why I started blogging and you will be seeing my blogs again. I can’t promise right now that I will send one out every week, but I can promise I won’t disappear for months like I have lately.
I want to be an encouragement. I want to be the person that let’s you know you can do it. I need to be the person that believes in myself as well so I’ve taken my own advise and I’ve face it, challenged it and by writing this blog I am conquering it.
Feel free to leave comments on what you are facing and what is makin gyou ask WHY BOTHER? We all go through it and just by you telling your story you may encourage someone else to conquer their own challenge.
Until the next blog I leave you with this:
FACE IT…..CHALLENGE IT……..CONQUER IT……………