So why am I saying all this? Because I think I’m going to start employing a technique to help encourage my writing that many, many successful writers use. It’s called a word count goal. It’s not rocket science, it’s not brain surgery, it’s not some novel new idea that will revolutionize anything. It’s just a mechanism for encouraging creative productivity. The thing is, as simple as the concept may be, it scares me just a little. I mean, to add another firm demand to my time? And just when I’m about to start a new accounting job that will have plenty of its own demands? Am I crazy to implement this new technique? Maybe… But like with anything extracurricular (for lack of a better term) that you build into your routine, whether it be exercise, or getting a massage, or yes even writing, you gotta schedule it in! You gotta set a measurable goal! You gotta do all those things that your left-brain knows is necessary to increase the likelihood of completion. So here I go, setting a new goal for myself, on top of all that comes with having a job and a family. And every time I feel a little anxious about that, I’m going to shoot up a prayer that God will take that fear away. Because fear is no reason not to follow your passion, not to live as your true, authentic self.
Is there anything that you want to do in your life that your left brain is telling you is too hard, or that you don’t have enough time? Are you wanting to explore a new path but fear or anxiety is keeping you from it? I’d love to hear about it. I’m rooting for you!