I run every day.
If you read this blog on a regular basis and/or follow me on social media, you’re well aware of this. Actually, you’re probably a little annoyed…
“Shut up about your running streak already!”
Bear with me for just a second.
Almost 4 years ago, I said no more excuses and I started lacing ’em up every day. At the 1-year mark, I explained this adventure a little more poetically:
Before I started the streak I was full of excuses:
– It’s too late
– I’m too tired
– It’s too hot
– It’s too cold
– I’m too drunk
I was sick and tired of lying to myself and saying: “I’ll just do it tomorrow” OR “I’ll start again next week.”
That’s exactly where I am with my writing these days. Instead of sitting down at the computer for 30 minutes, 15 minutes OR even 10 minutes every day, I make up excuses.
– I don’t know what to write a blog post about…
– I don’t have enough time to make any headway on my book…
– I have to stare at my fantasy football roster again…
It’s ridiculous, tragic and embarrassing.
I love to write, BUT I can talk myself out of doing it in a second.
– I can’t “ignore” my kids while I write for 30 minutes…
– It’s not fair to my wife that I’m working on this blog post…
– I need to be doing something that actually helps pay the bills…
– There are chores around the house that are more important than this book proposal…
As I was sitting down to write this post, I actually thought to myself: “This rug is filthy. I need to run the vacuum real quick.”
BUT instead of pulling out the Hoover, I screamed inside my head as loud as I could: “WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!”
I heard myself.
As I opened my laptop, I started thinking about all the other distractions that have kept my dream of being a writer in a lackluster holding pattern.
- College football
- Texas Rangers
- Fantasy football
- The Sopranos
As I’m writing all of this – coming to terms with these “dream killers” – I’m getting distracted by a meaningless South Carolina-Clemson football game on TV.
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Writing and running are very similar. If you don’t do it on a regular basis, you get out of shape. When you do decide to get back on that horse, it’s painstaking.
Before I started my running streak, I would have some long layoffs. Once I got tired of feeling like a slug, and decided to start running again, this internal conversation was pretty common: “Why the heck did I ever stop? This hurts.”
As I started writing this post – my first one in more than a month – I had the exact same dialogue.
“This. Is. Painful.”
But I’m doing it.
More importantly, I’m going to keep on doing it.
I’m actually going to approach my new writing streak like my running streak.
– I’m going to write everyday (at least 20 minutes) – NO EXCUSES!
– I’m going to put together a schedule – what I’m going to write and when.
– I’m going to ask family and friends to hold me accountable until I create habit and routine that’s sustainable.
Full disclosure: I’ve made this promise a handful of time before, and I’ve fallen short.
Not this time.
I’m going to use the No. 1 catalyst for starting my running streak in Feb. 2011 – the potential impact on my kids.
Like any parent, I want to be a positive influence on my children. I can’t think of a better way of doing that than using the gifts that God bestowed upon you, doing what you love and chasing your dreams.
Let the writing streak begin!