I know this confession comes as no surprise to those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while. I haven’t written a new post since November 13, 2012! Yikes!
I can easily look back over the last few months and recognize what happened. In fact, I knew it was happening all along. I knew I was getting stuck and I didn’t do anything about it.
Here’s how it happened.
When I finished the marathon on November 10, 2012 and wrote my last blog post about it, I had planned to take a few weeks off from running and writing. During that time, I set for myself some pretty lofty and aggressive goals. I decided I would completely redesign my website and I would take my Road to Richmond blog posts and compile it into an E-Book.
Have you ever heard the phrase “life happens…”? I thought so. Well, life happened.
November is always a very busy month for my company and there were many pressing projects that just had to get done before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Needless to say, those projects took up all of my work and personal time so neither of my personal writing projects got done. I was still thinking about them and had many great plans on paper and in my head. I just didn’t have the time to take action on them. I told myself I could catch up next week…
November turned into December and the work-load and other demands on my personal time never let up…
By late December I started to feel guilty and embarrassed about not having my website redesigned nor my e-book done, but also about not having written any posts for my blog. I was starting to put huge pressure on myself to write something, anything… but what? And it had to be great!
You see, I never expected my blog or my Road to Richmond marathon posts to be so popular. I was humbled and amazed at how many people were reading and responding to it and telling me how helpful and/or inspirational it was to them. These are words and responses that every writer longs to hear! Thank you!!!
The problem is this: because my posts had been so popular, I felt like I had to put out something great the next time. Success can sometimes be paralyzing! And that’s what was happening to me.
In fact, as more time lapsed, I convinced myself that you, my readers, were noticing how much time was passing and that you were sure I was hard at work on the next great post! Problem is, I wasn’t.
The fear of not meeting my readers’ expectations for another great post was keeping me from writing at all.
There’s a big trap set out there for people who produce anything. The trap is the idea that the next thing we produce must be better than the last thing or there’s no point in producing it at all.
I didn’t just fall into that trap, I willingly dove into it and now I want out!
So today starts my climb out of trap I set for myself; the beginning of getting unstuck. I still have some big goals and some awesome topics I want to write about, but it’s back to basics, back to baby-steps again.
My hope in writing about how I got stuck is twofold. First, I’m really hoping the process will springboard me into action that will keep me from falling back into that patterns that got me stuck to begin with. Second, I’m hoping that some of you will recognize some of these mistakes in your own lives and will use my words as encouragement to help you get yourself unstuck too!
If you think you’re stuck and not sure how to get unstuck, here is a link to some resources you might find helpful on Amazon.com: Getting Unstuck Resources @ Amazon.com