Why Am I Like This? | On Focus

I drive myself crazy with my constantly changing mind and moods. Bear with me, ya’ll.

For a couple months, I had the idea in my head that I could do everything I’m passionate about at once. That I could work my regular job 40 hours per week, write my novel, paint, design jewelry, do whatever miscellaneous craft stuff I wanted, write weekly blog posts, and have some sort of social media presence.

Once I finally realized there was no way that was going to work, because I ended up accomplishing almost nothing, I had a decision to make. Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Equation helped me make that decision. I heard him on James Altucher’s podcast while I was at work. I was so captivated by the episode I had to download it and finish listening on the drive home. Then I bought the book for my Kindle and read it in one sitting. In short, Hal lays out what you need to achieve the “impossible”.

Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort = Miracles

I highly recommend reading the book to anyone and everyone. I got two main realizations out of this book. First, I’m capable of achieving my biggest goals. Second, in order to achieve them, I need prioritize my goals and focus on one at a time. I struggled with the former for a bit. In the end, I realized that writing and publishing my first novel had to be that goal for me. As much as I enjoy many other activities, creating stories is my ultimate compulsion.

So my focus is writing once again. I have never stopped writing my novel, by the way. I’m at about 52,000 words now, one third of the first draft left.

I’d like to keep up with this blog for a couple of reasons. One, I really enjoy blogging. Two, I need to cultivate some kind of audience so there’s someone to read my book when I finish it. I’m not going to promise anything, because that seems to be the kiss of death for me. When am I going to post? I don’t know, hopefully more. What am I going to write about? I don’t know, hopefully writing, or something loosely related.

Time to get to work!