As a writer, I, and every other writer I know, have developed the bad habit of beating ourselves up for writing a rotten first draft. We become so sensitive about our precious words that we forget that ‘first attempts’ at anything we want to do are usually not our best work simply because we haven’t done it before. We haven’t learned the pitfalls to avoid or what the second step will require of us.
If you don’t know James Clear yet, you might want to visit his site HERE .
Just like all of us, he’s struggling to be better at what he does. He’s found the words to motivate himself and us. he inspires through examples – his stories and those of others. Please enjoy this excerpt from a recent post.
You’re Not Good Enough to Be Disappointed
Sorry, you just are not good enough to be disappointed.
“In other words, in the beginning you need to get comfortable with feeling stupid, uncertain, and unskilled. You’re not allowed to be disappointed by your amateur performance because you haven’t developed the skills of a professional yet. It’s only the professionals that are allowed to be disappointed because they have put in the work to be better.
- J.K Rowling is allowed to be disappointed if she writes a bad book because she put in 20 years of work to get good.
- Kobe Bryant is allowed to be disappointed if he plays a bad game because he put in 20 years of work to become amazing.
- Jack LaLanne was allowed to be disappointed with a bad workout because he trained for 60 years to stay fit.
But you and me? We’re not good enough to be disappointed yet. We’re bad enough to get to work.”
How’s that for a concept? Bad enough to get to work.
NaNoWriMo points that out in capital letters.
The draft you write during the month of November will be something worth burning in your outdoor firepit.
But don’t burn it. You can make it better. Your draft is the skeleton of your new book.
As writers, we’re always learning. Writing daily makes us better. As James Clear write:
“But the start is supposed to be a struggle. In fact, it’s all supposed to be a struggle. The approach of professionals is an indication of just how strongly struggle is linked to success. The Richard Bransons and Jerry Seinfelds and Tom Clancys of the world see failure as a signal to re-commit to the process, not as a reason to wallow in disappointment.”
So, we can’t afford to be so arrogant about our skills. We should continually be honing those skills and learning new ones.
You’re not good enough to be disappointed. You’re bad enough to get to work.
Do visit James Clear – he won’t disappoint you.
How is NaNo going for you?
Let’s chat and get out all those negative thoughts so we can get back to work!
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