It’s “rubber meets the road time” here. Oh yeah, no more hiding my head behind reading and tech-stuff. After all, I just killed my old blog to start anew, to be immersed in a new chaos compared to the old chaos. So now what’s stopping me?
My form of resistance takes the shape of trying to understand exactly what it is I need to accomplish before heading off. I’ve been very, very goal-oriented all of my life and see no need to change that now. It’s taken me quite a few interesting places (right here for example) and it’s worked for me. But if I don’t understand what I’m doing, then I tend not to do it. You can see the issue here of course, if I refuse to really understand, then I have a reason not to move forward. 🙂
So – my plan over the next month is to do two things.
Step One – reread Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. Seriously. I’ve been doing the morning note thing for years now but I think it’s time to take another read of my dog-eared copy to get me oriented again. I can recommend this process highly btw,
Step Two – I’m a big (but relatively new) fan of Larry Brooks and his story analysis work. I have his book “Story Engineering” and subscribe to all his newsletters and feeds. Over the next month, I’m going to finish his book, making notes about it and see how it all feels once I understand how stories work a ton better than I do now.
This follows my proven system that if I understand how things work, I have a better than average chance of making them work myself or fixing them. Or to put it another way, once I read the road map and follow it a few times successfully, I feel justified finding short cuts and alternate routes myself. But I like to start with a road map.
Another form of resistance has always been “starting” a project and getting it organized “just so” in my mind. In this one, I’m finding I don’t have the software, I don’t have the time to read and understand, I have a ton of other things to do on my established writing career, things to fix on the websites, ebooks to write that I know will make money. The list is pretty impressive actually and mostly quite real.
It’s the “mostly” part that makes me grin. Oh yeah.
Note to readers. With that, I end this post having done several things. The first of course is put it out to the universe and you folks that I’m in dire need of actually taking some concrete steps toward this new life I see myself as leading. I can’t just fantasize about it.
The second might be to encourage you to do something similar with your life’s goals. You will, of course, find your own sense or resistance and have to overcome your own dragons, taking responsibility for those (or not) as is your life pattern. But at least that’s your call.