Remember when I wrote about Resistance and how our lower selves work really hard to keep our higher selves from achieving big things? Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve mostly kicked my lower self into submission on this book writing project in Edinburgh.
I say “mostly” because there have been times she’s reared her ugly head and pushed me back a step or two. It is hard to keep up a 2-hour writing block first thing in the morning when you want to go out and walk the city in the fresh early-morning air or sleep in after a late night out with new friends.
There are always excuses, aren’t there? I’d find them whether I was alone on a tropical island or in the middle of a bustling city. Or on a trip of a lifetime or in my old life from before. Really, there is no “ideal” time to pursue a dream of any size because routine and daily living will always intrude. You have to make time, and continue making time, and continue making time. <sigh>
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
And the self-help section at the bookstore would be empty.
The Book Project
So far I’ve written 30,000 words, but since the first 10,000 were crap I am sitting at a total of 20,000 as of today. Thanks to a suggestion by both Tranque and Amber, I’m now using the Pomodoro Technique and loving the focus it provides (while also highlighting how easily I get distracted). This isn’t just a technique for writers, so check out the free pdf and see if it can help you gain focus at work or on your personal projects.
The book I’m writing is about how we saved the money for this trip and the changes we went through as we actively worked toward a dream. It is a primer for other people who want to save a lot of money in a relatively short period of time for a specific project. It is for people who aren’t afraid of change.
It is a book about using money as a means to an end, not an end itself, and how breaking free of the control of advertisers and peer pressure will give you the freedom to live in a way you never thought possible.
In short, it is the first part of our story, and I think it is the most powerful piece. It is the foundation upon which everything else rests.
If you have the time I’d love to hear your feedback on your biggest challenges to saving money (don’t worry – it is anonymous).
For those of you who committed to a writing project along with me this month, how are you doing? Even if Resistance has made an appearance – and I’m betting that little creep has – you can brush yourself off and start again.
What kind of Resistance Ass did you kick this past week?