"During these moments, ensure to regulate your expectations. No, you won’t craft poems like the late and great Maya Angelou, blog posts like Darren Rowse, or stories like Stephen King."
True story. In this very moment, literally right now, I KNOW THAT I need to write. I know that if I want to maintain this blog, then my fingas’ have got-sta’ keep these keys a clackin’. After all, you can’t produce content, if you won’t create content.
However, in complete honesty I have to admit that I’m really having some trouble catching my “flow.” By “flow” I mean the beloved Word Pour. It’s that place of writing when your thoughts and your fingers are moving in great synchronization. It’s when you’re producing pages in mere minutes. It’s the zone where only typos slow you down. Today, I could only wish I was there: in the flow, in the zone, in the pour.
"At some point, we’re going to have to take a look in the mirror, dig deep, and begin to ask ourselves the hard questions. Questions that will (and should) begin to expose what prayerfully, the real problem could be."
I’ve heard it said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. If that’s true (and I’m assured that it is), then I pray you’d allow this next statement to serve as the sugar.
Fact: it takes great courage and a very resilient spirit to keep trying a thing over and over again. To look at a task and make a convicted decision that, in spite of a number of failed attempts, you refuse to give up or accept defeat. J.K. Rowling had a manuscript rejected dozens of times until it was finally accepted by a London publisher. The title you ask? Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
"You see, I’m learning that if I can create consistent, healthy habits, then the desired results will naturally and eventually come my way."
I know, I know, I know. It’s been a while, I know. And, I’m sorry for the gap, I really am. However, I think you’ll be glad to know that I’ve been gone dealing with some good stuff. I went on vacation to Texas to marry my niece, I joined our youth counselors to take our youth group to the Florida State Youth for Christ Conference (and I’m thankful to God that they did an awesome job), and I had my sister’s family and kids over for the 4thof July.
But, enough of all of that… I’m glad to be back.
I’ve made up my mind that I won’t quit. I’m going to continue to challenge myself in those two areas, even if I never reach my desired goal in life (Fact: one of the hardest truths I’ve ever typed).
Fitness and schedules.
Those two menaces are admittedly my proverbial Achilles’s heels. Naturally, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I’m assured you knew that already. I’ve battled with creating a habit of exercising and maintaining a productive work routine for some time and I’ll admit that I’ve seen more failure than success.
"I have the power to change, improve, overcome, and win in Christ Jesus. After all, I am more than a conqueror (cf. Romans 8:37)."
Yesterday, I had to remind myself of a very important fact. A fact that is as old as it is dependable and as dependable, as it is necessary. It’s not a flashy point. In fact, it’s very blunt and direct. However, if you receive it, IT can change your life.
Are you ready for it? Okay, here goes:
"Question: how bad do you want it? This answer is crucial because the response... will make or break your dream. If you have a goal and you only dedicate 2% of your life to it, it’s never going to come to pass."
"Keep in mind that the most important task isn’t solely determined by its assigned due date. Rather, your personal success must be factored in the decision."
"Therefore, my new level of honesty speaks to my current fitness mind in this manner: “if you claim to want a thing and you’re not willing to do what it takes to get it, then you really didn’t want it that bad.”
"This is because life gets busy and before you know it, if you’re not intentional about your pause, you’ll unintentionally become negligent in your willingness or even desire to resume. "
You name it, I tried it? Productivity apps, alarms, charts, spreadsheets, task accounts, books, deleting ‘distracting’ apps, shutting down my social media (yeah, that’s why I did it), working overnight, and a host of other aimless things. All in an attempt to fix a problem that I was too proud to admit and too ashamed to ask for help with.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.