Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"U" is for Undaunted
How many times have you sat down to write and thought, for just one sencond, you were going to check in on Facebook, Twitter, just a few emails and then your prime writing time (and if you are like me, your brain) has gone the way of the dodo bird and you really didn't get the important stuff done.
Or worse, you just don't feel like writing at all.
Think about your favorite athlete. What if that person woke up one morning, decided they had stayed up late reading a really good book, with sick kids, watching _________ and that they didn't really feel like they were at their best to play that day. Absurd, right?
Think about it. When warming up for a game, ball players listen to music to prevent distractions from anything else. Singers are often heard before their performance, pacing and singing scales, keeping the voice warm. We need to have the same consideration for our brains.
When it is time to write, it is time to write. No social media, no google. Just get the music that inspires you, notes if you are a planner (me!) and go. Distractions are always going to be there, it is our responsibility to hone our ninja discipline and face the task at hand with a mind set in determination. If we train ourselves to block these out, our opportunity to have success will be significantly enhanced.
Tasha Seegmiller is a teacher, mom, wife and writer. She loves owls and runs on Diet Coke and cinnamon bears and words.
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