In March 2020 I published my first book. 'Sleep well to live well' was not the book I started to write in 2013, but it was the accumulation of thinking for all those years. In the end, it was the subject that wrote itself...I learned that wanting to be a writer was not sufficiently motivating for me. I needed to feel passionately about the topic...I was driven to write this book for others to share my recovery from sleeplessness. I recently read my old blog from 2013 below. Although the advice to 'just do it' was half of the right answer...the other half was to focus on a topic that was driving my discipline. I can't speak for your drivers, but one thing I can say is that if you give up, you will never discover what they are!
Just do it - blog from 2013
"This holiday I have learned how to get things done. I am one of those people who can drift away into hours of thinking, dreaming and talking about things without doing anything. At the end of the day I feel dissatisfied and empty. I have been planning to complete a book for at least two years (I’m afraid to admit that I think I have been thinking about it for even longer than that). This holiday I decided to do it. I now have three chapters completed but it wasn’t the decision that changed things – it was the action.
I start writing as soon as I get up in the morning. I get up, switch on the laptop and start. I continue for at least an hour when I have breakfast. It will take many mornings to get there but for now I have convinced myself that simply writing for an hour a day is my goal – however much I create and at whatever standard. I don’t worry, I just write.
This ‘just do it’ approach has been hugely successful. Each day I start by producing results and the positive chemicals produced in my brain as a result carry me through the rest of the day. I find myself ‘doing’ lots of other things I have been planning and I end the day on quite a ‘high’. Doing is catching and doing is good for the soul. Einstein once said ‘people like chopping wood because they can see a result’. Thinking about things doesn’t create the same feeling! Not that thinking is a bad thing – but I have been researching, thinking and reflecting on my topic for many years now; it is time to do something.
Naturally I have ‘known’ about this for years. Self-help books constantly stress the need to formulate a simple habit and do it. Friends have described how they have tackled writing – ‘get a discipline and write regularly at the same time of day’. Unfortunately, my brain unconsciously rationalised this advice away on the basis of my personal mind set: Fear of failing to do a good job, being overwhelmed by the size of the project and having other more important things to do (or think about doing). I only started to understand this advice when I started to let go of these fears and decided to write whatever the outcome for a minimum of one hour. Once I set a different goal – having the perseverance to write daily – I found that I make extraordinary progress and overcome my fears. I now enjoy that hour each morning and it spurs me onto taking other action in its wake.
I now understand ‘just do it’."
In 2021, I understand that 'Just do it' + 'must tell it for others' = a final result!
Having a meaningful purpose and a discipline work for me...what works for you?
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