If you knocked on your door 10 years from now what would you find? What conversations would you tell yourself about what you’ve been up to? What will you have mastered in 10 years?
It’s kind of horrifying thinking that I’ll be talking about the perfection of the mysterious ring around the toilet, my ploy to tunnel boy noises, and the cleanest uncluttered cupboards. Oh brother! That image is a dream squished wish when what I really wanted was wondrous words that wows the world… and changes it.
Though these things are all good (who doesn’t love clean toilets?) I know that there’s something more satisfying for me. Something that fills in all the empty places in my soul.
Writing makes me whole.
But how easy is it to get wrapped up in the day and stray from the ultimate goal: to write. So easy. Too easy. That’s why it’s important to pay your future self a visit. Where is today taking you? Today is gearing up for tomorrow and it’s important to scrub toilets, and boy-lets and all but are you doing writing that is even so small? Because these little things will determine the future self you meet.
It’s time to do some time travelling. Put on your door-to –door salesman beaming grin and official pin. Let’s visit your future self. Are you selling yourself short? Today we are going to time travel and solicit to yourself. You’re the only one that can talk yourself into this. Don’t you be slamming the door, now.
Unbuckle. Let’s go. (You totally thought I was going to say buckle up didn’t you? Well, dear, that’s the problem… you’re all tied down. It’s time to let go and take off!). Let’s evaluate your tie downs and get these words welded on walls.
Know What You Want
What do you want to be remembered for? The Tidy Wife, Candy Crush King, The Goopy Mop Plop Stopper, The Rusher (from here to there) Crusher, Hair Swirling Twirler, Facebook Fanatic, Piling Paper Skyscraper Caper, Filing Foreman.
If you want it… awesome. Go get it.
But if you don’t, today’s the day to change it.
You can do a little time travel by evaluating what skills you have been mastering in you free time. Because where you put your free time determines what you’ll become. Yes. It is important to spend time connecting with people (huge fan of that) but it’s also important to feed your passion. If you want to be Word Dragon… a daily and simple writing snack will do. A simple 15 minutes a day can make your writing take off and change your current status.
Knowing what you want is half of the battle to becoming what you want. The other half is fed by simple efforts to get there. It’s simple: write if you want to be a writer.
What Things Are You Putting First?
The principle of first things first (Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is the key to becoming what you want. How you organize your day will determine what you get out of life. We all know those days that we crawl into bed and the torment that’s racking through our head is “What in the world did I do today?”
All day was so stinking busy but you realized that you were just being whipped around by the whirlwind of the day. Only led by the things that pulled you from here to there.
No plan was intact on those days. And life feels cheated by a wasted day. We all have them.
Now, I’m not saying that you have to put writing at the beginning of the day but to schedule it in and protect that time. No phone calls, no last minute lunch with a crazy bunch, no putting off what you scheduled in. In the moment it may feel like a loss…
But in the long run it’s an incredible win. Just ask the self-soliciting salesman knocking on your door in 10 years from now.
Throw away that pencil and permanently write down 3 things that have to happen today. Make writing one of them. Be specific when it will happen and hold your promise to yourself.
As a Man Thinketh, He Is
I’m a firm believer in this principal found in the Bible. Thoughts and what we do with them determine what we will become. And if you keep finding great excuses for not writing your thoughts will excuse you right out of what you really want.
Simply listen to the excuses you tell yourself as visit your future self. Evaluate why you won’t write. Yeah, won’t. Simply listen to your dialogue in your head. I can’t today. There’s no time. I don’t have anything to say. There’s too much to do. I can’t solve the issue I’m working on. I can’t write as well as Word Worm Wendy. I’m not very good.
Any negative dialogue stops progression.
I’m a huge believer in the power of positive thinking. Positive people get places. When the negative words come crowding out your efforts fight back with a positive response instead.
I can write 10 minutes before bed. I can write while I wait. Words won’t flow unless I let them go, I’ll give it a try. Writing is more important than organizing my socks. Watch out! I’m here to tackle my writing issues. I bet Word Worm Wendy squirms at her writing too. I’m awesome.
Is your negative thinking causing your future self regret? Don’t’ you think it’s time to change your thinking and get to it? You’re going to be amazing.
How would your visit with your future self go? Evaluate these three important areas and make adjustments so when the doors-a-knocking, you’ll be rockin’ your writing!
Christie Perkins is a survivor of boy humor, chemo, and faulty recipes. She loves freelance writing, blogging, and is a nonfiction junkie. Her stage 4 cancer doesn’t knock down her passion for life and writing. Not a chance. A couple of magazines have published her work but her biggest paycheck is her incredible family. Christie hates spiders, the dark, and Shepherd’s Pie. Bleh. Mood boosters: white daisies, playing basketball, and peanut butter M&M’s. You can find out more about her on her blog at howperkyworks.com.