I've taken to literally writing (by hand, shocking right?) "I do the tough stuff" ten times every day.
I know it sounds stupid, or maybe crazy, or maybe like a giant waste of time, but it works for me.
Call it a mantra, a reminder, a pep talk, a kick in the ass -- whatever… it's necessary… not to write down, but to do.
And not just for me…but for YOU.
This has become apparent in the past couple of weeks when it seems like everyone I know has told me about things they've avoided/are avoiding doing.
Don't get me wrong. I don't do ALL the tough stuff. I don't have the energy, or time, or motivation to do it all. But I do make a conscious effort to do a lot more of it.
Tough stuff is different for everyone.
For writer it could be these kinds of things:
If you'd rather play on Facebook than write, forcing yourself to reach a daily word count goal might be tough for you.
If you've never joined a writing group, or attended a conference…that might be tough for you.
If you've never had a critique partner, that might be tough for you.
If you hate edits, that might be tough for you.
If you hate marketing, that might be tough for you.
But here's the thing: YOU'VE GOT TO DO THE TOUGH STUFF or you're not going to grow.
I'm pretty sure no one has ever moved forward by staying where it's comfortable and safe.
I know it's scary and uncomfortable and misery-making, but you've got to do it.
So tell me: What's tough for you? And what tough stuff are you going to tackle?