Commitment Issues to Positive Change

This year, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I figure that I should attempt it because my ultimate goal is to be a published author. So yes, I do want to try to write fifty thousand words in thirty days.

It really is a challenge that a lot of people don’t even complete. So to combat that I thoughts, why not try “Preptober” where I would do different writing exercises in order to generate ideas and create a better understanding of the book and the characters the I am intending to write in order to make next month a little easier. Except, I didn’t.

Instead of making sure I have my ducks in a row, I probably chased them off. Not just with writing, but with other aspects of my life like health and fitness fell to the wayside. Now I’m here wondering why the hell I didn’t handle everything sooner. And I feel like I’m not the only one when I say that.

In fact, in a society that really glorifies those that commit themselves to positive change, we don’t really get to see the times where others aren’t so successful. I would bet my money that they feel just as frustrated as we do when they don’t accomplish things the way that they expected to. And that’s probably where it goes all wrong.

In truth, I tend to stop things in their tracks because I let one thing slip up. One small mistake and I decided to restart. I can only imagine how many times I’ve restarted. So this month is about not restarting. It’s about challenging myself to keep going.

I don’t know how this started but I do know that it’s possible to change. Finding accountability partners or even just finding a way to commit yourself is a great start. But patience is key. Don’t be too hard on yourself and making a commitment won’t be so bad. We’ll see.

-Joss

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