That’s a good question. Today is post 321. It is also the final day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, in which I have posted every day in January. So, how have I written 31 posts in January? And 321 Since I began?
One at a time!
Yes, it’s kinda like the old cliché “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time! Well, writing is that way. But so are most things. Aren’t they?
You read a book one page at time. You quit smoking one day at a time. You lose weight one pound at a time. You save for retirement one dollar at a time. Very little that is worthwhile comes all at once.
The key is to do today what you can today and don’t worry about tomorrow. Jesus, in His timeless Mountain Message taught, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Too often we become overwhelmed with the enormity of a project. We procrastinate when we become deluged with doubt. Or overcome with fear. Or overpowered by perfectionism. If we wait until we are totally sure, feel completely comfortable, and have all the details worked out, then we may never begin!
With respect to blogging, there are many of sources from which to get ideas. On her webpage, Michelle Shaeffer shares suggestions to spark creativity and inspiration. http://michelleshaeffer.com/
However, I have found there are three qualities that are even more important.
1. Commitment. Nothing happens until you make a commitment. This is true in writing a blog. In a relationship. In your spiritual life. W. H. Murray expressed the power of commitment this way.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.
2. Self-Discipline. This means to take control of your mind. Your emotions. Your habits. Self-disciple conquerors indecision, channels enthusiasm, and directs your actions. It is the ability, as Thomas Huxley expressed it “to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done whether you like it or not.”
Self discipline gets us out of bed in the morning. Prods punctuality. Practices self-denial. Welcomes responsibility. Accepts criticism. Breaks bad habits. And shapes character.
3. Action. It was Goethe who correctly observed, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Or as the old Nike commercial urged, “Just Do It!”
Author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn says, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” If you have a good idea, a noble aspiration, and worthy goal, then be proactive. Take the offense. Seize the moment. Then act.
Knowledge. Preparation. Skill. These are all important. But the secret to success in any endeavor from writing blogs to a mutually satisfying marriage is to work at it one day at a time. Be committed. Practice self-discipline. Now take action.
You can do it!
Ken Weliever, The Preacherman