Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great? --Jimmy Johnson
I've always been more of a safe and be good kind of person. As much as I like to say I'm not, I think I have taken fewer risks in the name of security.
Almost five and a half years ago, I started this website and decided to try my hand at life coaching as a side hustle to my full-time job in education. Although I had some wonderful clients, I wasn't building it as well as I had hoped and I let it go a couple of years ago.
I always wanted to write a book and so I worked on revising and editing essays I wrote for various online publications. It took me two years to put together my book because I continually started and stopped.
I finally got serious when (with the complete support and encouragement of my awesome husband) I walked away from education in December 2018. It was time for me to pursue this writing bug once and for all.
I finished and indie published my book on May 1. You can buy it HERE. I'm writing more consistently and submitting pieces to more online publications. Today, one of my pieces was accepted into The Startup (an online publication of 455,000+ followers). You can read it HERE.
While I'm not writing full-time, I am giving myself more opportunities to be both accepted and rejected.
I'm giving myself a chance to be great!
While I'm the type of person who sometimes is motivated by the carrot dangling in front of me, it is fleeting. It comes and goes. When I get the carrot, there is the momentary rush of accomplishment and then the letdown. I sit here and wonder if that is all there is or ask myself, "What's next?"
I have felt it each time I have prepared for and run a half-marathon. I train and then run it. When I finish, there is that moment of elation. That sense of accomplishment. And then I feel a little lost.
Anyone else out there feel that way?
If so, it's because we are motivated by something extrinsically. Although I was excited about being in great shape to run a half-marathon, the real rush for me came from the medal at the end and the attention of friends and family for completing it.
This probably explains why after running seven half-marathons, I suddenly stopped running. The rush of the accomplishment was no longer new and shiny. The extrinsic motivation had worn off and I was left with a shallow and empty feeling.
Who wants to feel that way?
I certainly didn't and so I stopped running. For three years.
And now I have started again, but this time my perspective has shifted. I'm looking within for motivation rather than the extrinsic rewards.
I'm doing it for me now. I'm doing it for my health. I want to feel better on the inside, because I know it will do so much for my physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Srini Rao, Unmistakeable Creative Podcast Host and author says, "On the other hand, if the work feels like a privilege, it's a lot easier to show up day after day."
I feel privileged that at 51-years-old I have overall solid health, but I know I can do better for myself. I haven't always looked at it that way, but I am now and it feels a lot better. It makes training easier, and I want to work out rather than telling myself I have to work out.
It's all in the perspective. When we remove the outside factors and look solely within, we find more motivation. In the big picture, that's what counts.
Wowza! The last three weeks have been an incredible whirlwind with the launch of my book, which explains why I've been MIA on my blog lately.
I'm so excited that Slices of Life from the Little Blue Desk has finally made its appearance into the world. And, I've made it easy for you to order your own copy. Just click on the title. ;)
The last three weeks have been filled with edits and revisions, finalizing the format, and putting the marketing plan into action.
On top of all that, I started a new job!
And I started training for another half-marathon after a three year layoff.
Needless to say, I'm juggling quite a bit but I'm equally excited to get back to writing here more consistently.
So, I'm hoping you'll forgive me. :)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.