Getting Started Isn’t As Important As You Think

There are so many blog posts about getting started. Indeed, I was reading one five minutes ago. It’s what inspired this post.

‘Start on that book inside of you!’

But getting started only takes five minutes. Anyone can do that.

It’s the middle part that’s the toughest. The making-stuff-happen part.

It’s keeping at it when the end isn’t in sight — or maybe there isn’t an end at all. I’ve found that as soon as we start nearing an achievement/goal, we plan for the next one. We never really end things. Sure, a project gets finished. The last words of a book are written. But then there’s the marketing and sales. And when that’s done, there’s the next book to write.

So, the middle bit.

The keeping-on-going bit.

The pushing-through-when-you-can’t-remember-why-you-started bit.

The I’m-really-going-crazy-now part.

How do we work through that? How do we wake up every morning, morning after morning, and keep working at it? What words do we need to hear in those moments?

Earlier today I was listening to Christina Perri’s song ‘I Believe’. And it was exactly what I needed to hear; the lyrics helped me to keep on keeping on.

Here they are:

“I believe if I knew where I was going I’d lose my way

I believe that the words that he told you are not your grave

I know that we are not the weight of all our memories

I believe in the things that I am afraid to say

Hold on, hold on

I believe in the lost possibilities you can see

And I believe that the darkness reminds us where light can be

I know that your heart is still beating, beating, darling

I believe that you fell so you would land next to me

’Cause I have been where you are before

And I have felt the pain of losing who you are

And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday

And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way

I wish that you could see your scars turn into beauty

I believe that today it’s okay to be not okay

Hold on, hold on

’Cause I have been where you are before

And I have felt the pain of losing who you are

And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

This is not the end of me, this is the beginning”

What keeps you going?

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