Have you given yourself until, say, tonight or tomorrow to write and then your plan is to take a break, send the thing off, go on a holiday?
Time to take stock.
Stop and breathe.
Where are you in the process? You’ve put in time, you’ve written some, and you have a bit more to do.
This isn’t the time to kick yourself for not having done more.
This is the time to be grateful—grateful that you were able to do whatever amount of work you’ve done. Grateful that you’re still at it, that you haven’t been derailed, that it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been.
Don’t take for granted what you have accomplished.
Being grateful—actually practicing gratitude– gives you courage and can make hope possible.
Gratitude generates hope.
Did you ever see that movie Hope Floats? No excuses from me for liking the film—I know it’s sappy and, yes, Sandra Bullock has a brief scene in which she wears a cheerleader’s costume and leads a cheer.
Slip off that critical perch—no smirks now. I confess that I like the line that Sandra Bullock’s character says about hope: “Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.”
Keep that gratitude going. You might not recognize hope, but I’ll bet you it’s there, mixed in with the gratitude. Lots of power in gratitude and hope that can fuel you to your deadline or planned stopping point.
Take a breath. Add a smile for the heck of it…and jump back in.
Until next time,