Maybe. Maybe not.
This month I signed up to do the monthly writing challenge on 750words.com. You sign a "contract" to write 750 words everyday. If you make it, you reward yourself and you get put on the website's hall of fame. If you don't make it, then you do something as a consequence and get put on the website's hall of shame.
I got off to a fabulous start. I wrote for nine days in a row. Then Wednesday happened and I decided to watch comedies on TV with my husband. Then Thursday happened and I didn't get home until 7:30 and my mind was fried. The Friday happened and I decided to read rather than write.
Did I derail? Maybe.
To the purist, yes I did. I said I was going to write everyday for the month and I didn't do it. Therefore, I failed.
But maybe not.
Here it is Saturday, and I'm back to writing. I will admit that one of the nights I just complete forgot about writing, but the other two nights I made a conscious decision to do something else instead.
I think we get too stuck on the rigidity of a goal. And, I know I do the same thing. I go all in. However, the danger of doing this is that when we get off track then we give up. It's like we've fallen and we don't get back up. We lie there looking up and wonder, "Why bother?" That's the easiest way to cop out.
I look at it this way. I won't make my writing goal this month, but that doesn't mean that I should just not write for the rest of the month. Instead, I can make the choice to get back on track again, and that's exactly what I'm doing.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.