As you’ll see when you read his post he also challenges his readers to list 10 excuses they are using and then stop using them for the month!
I loved the notion of busting myself about my excuses!
Here are the excuses I posted just five days ago:
Let’s see, arghhh – just got back from the gym and it’s after 4 – oh, there’s the first excuse:
1- I get stupid after 4 p.m.
2- I don’t want to go; it’s dark and cold outside.
3- But I don’t understand facebook (can you hear the whine?)
4- Paying bills this month scares me because a check hasn’t arrived yet – yeah, I have enough money, but….
5- But if I stop going there where will I find spiritual community?
6- But my car (218,000 miles!) is paid for… I don’t want payments. (Another whine.)
7- I can’t drive that far in my old car.
8- I’ll just eat one more cookie (a whole box full – have stopped that for the moment, but I don’t trust myself.)
9- I’m too old.
10-It will take too much time from writing – I can use this almost anytime and it’s usually bogus
what a great idea… a wonderful meme to start… going to use the same idea over at my blog and give you credit of course.
I’ve already used the first one several times… and it is true that I go into a slump around 4 p.m. Might have something to do with getting up at 5 a.m., getting older or… To tell you the whole truth I’m not sure I want to let this one go.
But number 3? I’ve been using Facebook a bit; no I don’t understand it, but that’s rarely stopped me in other areas.
Number 4? I realized I’ve been waiting for a largish check from a client that’s been delayed. Now that I’ve identified what’s going on, the fear is gone, mostly.
I think that’s exactly what Jeffery had in mind; admit your excuses and you’ve busted yourself in a way that allows for change.
Of course, this has all sorts of application for freelance writers. That check that hasn’t arrived? Since I won’t work when pay doesn’t arrive that has freed me up to do some marketing I’ve been postponing. That’s how the Facebook thing came up.
Thinking about the car excuse actually opened my mind to a couple of other things I want which, in turn, is spurring me on to attract another couple of clients or so.
Is this magic? Maybe. Or maybe just the way our human minds work.
What excuses would you like to let go of this month?
Write well and often,
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