No matter how hard I try to write my post ahead of time, life finds a way to thwart my efforts. It’s not just late posts that cause me grief. No matter what my plan, how early I get out of bed, or leave for an appointment, I seem to be just a little late.
This has always been a source of embarrassment for me. I have obligated myself to post a new section to my Baby Steps to Blogging series each Thursday. I work on it throughout the week, with big plans to have it ready to post Thursday morning.
This goal has not once been met by me. In fact, most Thursdays, by the time my post is finished and submitted, the date on it is not Thursdayat all–but Friday. Three a.m. is still Thursday night to me. It won’t be Friday until I go to bed and get up the next morning.
As I hit the publish button, whether it’s 3:00 a.m. or not, relief floods over me. I view the published page and look at the calendar of my posts, hoping it will say Thursday, but no… it shows Friday as the published day. Sigh. But then I think, “This is nothing new for me. It’s the story of my life.”
Each time, this thought goes through my head, “Give it up. Let the series end. You look silly. This is embarrassing!” But, each time, after nursing the discouragement for awhile, I answer those thoughts: “You cannot give up! You have a purpose and you are going to stick with it. Quitters never win. You are not a quitter. You are going to win!” So I suck it up and continue on, pledging to myself to do better next week.
Do you ever feel like quitting?
Have you stopped believing in yourself?
Have you come to the conclusion that it’s no use to try?
Yes, YES, and YES!!! I have done all three—more than once. In fact, I am more consistent in doing this than I am in blogging. Discouragement has a sleeping bag behind my couch and a towel in my bathroom.
I have two things to say about this:
WINNERS NEVER QUIT!
QUITTERS NEVER WIN!
When you find yourself thinking these derogatory thoughts, stop them where they start. You can do this! Remember the old cliche, “Better Late Than Never?” Some of my best work was done after I gave up, but somehow I coaxed myself into taking one small step—a baby step. In fact, that is what I did with this post.
All this week I had jury duty. Wednesday my fellow jurors and I spent eleven hours in the court room with just a few short breaks. We tried for three and a half hours to agree on a verdict. The vote was nine to three for a not guilty. Finally we progressed to eleven to one. It was so close– then it reverted back to nine to three. The case finally ended in a mistrial.
I am still exhausted from the long hours spent in the courtroom. Today I tried to play catchup, but there just weren’t enough hours. I was tempted to skip this post. When I looked at the clock and knew I’d never get it done before midnight, I would just write an apology for not posting Part 4 of the series along with a short explanation of why.
I took that baby step. Next I decided to at least give Part 4 a name so I could come back to it tomorrow and write it. Then, miraculously, one baby step at a time, I managed to write the post. I will publish it in a few minutes.
Yes, it is late. No,my post is not what I planned it to be. But I succeeded because I didn’t give up. I took one baby step at a time. This post, that I didn’t expect to be able to write tonight, is finished.
Seeing it finished is encouraging to me. I hope you can somehow find encouragement in it, too.
Don’t quit, but rather, take one baby step, then another, and another until you make it through the field of discouragement and on to meet your goal of success.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have been encouraged by this post. Don’t give up. Keep on writing.
Martha Jane Curtis, author of Baby Steps to Blogging.