Of the following things, what is the hardest thing?
- Stop complaining about anything, ever.
- Write 300 or more words on a topic.
- Pick up the phone and call a stranger and ask for their time/money?
Each of my readers will have a different answer. Each of the items on the above list is difficult. The difference? The fear and anxiety are different with each.
I used to call myself a “writer” and then I stopped writing. Yesterday, a co-worker caught me Blogging and said, “I used to write a Blog and had about 3,000 monthly views.” She made me feel “less than.” I thought, “I never had 3,000 monthly views,” but then again, I don’t have to say, “I used to write,” or, “I used to have a Blog.”
I still write. I have about a dozen people who read my Blog entries. Why don’t I have more? Every day I see some Facebook link or article that promises I can make, “$1,000 monthly writing a Blog.”
Fear? Self doubt? Or perhaps I haven’t found that million dollar idea that makes my soul burn to keep writing. When I do, I’ll write until my fingers fall off and the world will want to read what I write.
I love this quote pointed out by super writer and coach, Rochelle Melander:
In his book, The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch wrote this about complaining:If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.