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Please Persevere

Merry Christmas, and an advanced Happy New Year! Since 2017 is fast approaching, here is a post I have on goals, or our resolutions as we like to call them.

We all have goals. We want to be someone, to achieve something, to do good or to improve. What I learn day by day is that we all treat our goals differently.

Writing has always been a struggle to me. It seems ironic, right, that the people who most love writing have the hardest time with it? It’s true, though. Up until now, I force myself to sit down and type, listening to music and prepping Word documents, doing anything to get the words flowing out.

Many times the words don’t come. Still, I write, word after word after word. The results are often disastrous, and most times I don’t keep going. I delete the document, sigh, and start all over again.

But then the other times I don’t, it’s because I think about the many other passions people have. Passions that challenge them, that hurl obstacles at them – but then they persevere. That gets me thinking: if they can persevere through failures and mess and judgment, why can’t I do the same?

Perseverance to me is an important trait. It’s a special kind of commitment. It asks a lot from you, it’s very clingy and needy, but in the end, perseverance makes your hard work pay off in the end.

When writing my first two books back in 2015, I wanted to quit many times. Once I’d reached the 10,000-word marks, I would scroll through my to-be book and want to give up. The writing was terrible, the plot was dumb, and the characters were flat. Still, I kept going, and that was what made me be able to tell people in all honesty, “Yes, I’ve written books. Yes, they’re just first drafts, yes, they suck very badly, but I still wrote them.”

If last-year me could do it, then why can’t I do it again?

First, brush off perfectionism. Reality check: a majority of us don’t get it right the first time. And why is that great? It leaves room for learning, to improve and hone the craft we’re slowly getting immersed in.

Next, take a deep breath and please calm down. There’s no use in freaking out to further stress yourself out. I will admit that I have done this many times – mini freak-out sessions that resulted into nothing, just a waste of time. So if you feel like you’re on the verge of blowing up: step away for a moment and breathe.

Finally, be human. There’s nothing wrong with having fun and taking breaks. Get as much rest and relaxation you need. Don’t take everything too seriously. Loosen up. Live.

But amidst all of that, persevere. You will get there, and when you do, nothing will seem as breathtaking as reaching your goal.

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