Commitment. That is my theme for my yoga classes this week. Got it from The Power Path. I love that it falls in September which is the time of year I commit to my routine, structure and goals again as we head into the last quarter of the year.
I know I am committed to writing. How do I know this? Because of the actions that back it up:
~ I show up to the page severy single day.
~ I post here.
~ It’s why I read so many books.
~ It’s why I take classes and workshops with writers I admire.
~It’s why I create the time and money to honor this commitment
While I am committed to writing, I can see that I am not committed to publishing. How can I see that? By my lack of consistent action. My submission process is spotty at best. I started off the year on a roll. But as the year has progressed and the rejections have stated to appear, my enthusiasm has waned. But I have to remember it is part of the process. So many great writers and books were rejected at first.
So, how can I commit to publishing in the same way I commit to writing? What has worked for writing that I can apply?
Frist, I show up every day to write. It doesn’t matter if I know what I am going to write, or what I work on. It could be Morning Pages, my blog, my current WIP, exercises from “You are a Badass at Making Money,” or from the on-line class I am taking with Bryonie Wise, “Human is What We Are.”
It doesn’t matter what or how much I write. It only matters that I show up.
Second, I keep track of those days on a chart in my office. Keeping track keeps me motivated.
These are the two main things I do. Show up and track.
So, every day I need to either submit something or research where to submit.
I will make a chart or find an app and keep track of the days. I think 5 out of 7 is a good goal for this.
Commitment takes action. Action pushes through fear. Obviously, there is something about publishing that scares me. Hmmm…can’t imagine what. Putting my heart and soul out into the world to be judged. Sounds easy-peasy…
But I am going to try and harness this commitment energy. If something is important to me and I say that this is, then I have to act on it. Every single day. Forward momentum is my friend. Stagntation is not.