business, martial arts, projects, Wing Chun, writing

Dropping One Dream to Pursue Another

Well, folks, here we are. It was this time last week that I said I was going to take a break from posting blogs for a while. Then I realized I was on #27, and I didn’t like that, so I said, “Well, I’ll do 3 more, so I have a nice, round, even 30.”

This is #30.

Why am I putting this on hold for a while? Two reasons really.

  1. There are other things I need to get done. The good news is, these are finite tasks; it’s just that, with my attention being pulled in so many directions, it means it takes me FOREVER to get even the simplest things done. If I trim away the fat and focus on these handful of tasks, then I can finish them faster.
  2. I need to reassess the blog, where I’m going with it, and how to get there. Fortunately, there is another blogger (he may or may not realize this, but I’ve known him for quite some time now) who is offering me help with that.

Being a writer is the longest dream I’ve ever had. I don’t necessarily mean a world-famous one like Stephen King, although it would be cool to earn enough to quit my day job and do nothing but write. However, I’d even be happy with a small cult following, not unlike the fanatical fans of bands that I like, such as My Bloody Valentine or Sunny Day Real Estate.

However, as I have gotten older, there are other dreams that have arisen. One of them is to help people who struggle to get better at martial arts, and I am speaking in particular of the style known as Wing Chun Kung Fu. I want to spread the word about the training tips and ideas that I’ve created. I want to be known as an authority on the subject, and the only way to get there is focus.

It took me a while to face the truth, but after a while, I had to accept it: pursuing this dream meant I’d have to STOP pursuing another…at least for a little while. Once I am into the swing of things, it will be no challenge to juggle both. However, during the learning phase, I need to concentrate.

The question was: how? I still have 4 novels and 10 poetry collections that I want to put on Amazon! One day I sat down and figured out a plan that will allow me to get all those writings up there by the end of the year, barring some catastrophe of course. In fact, I’ve been putting this plan into action for about a week now, and so far things are going smoothly.

I have a projection that the writing will all be done by the beginning of 2020, and then I can bring in the New Year by starting work on my martial arts business. How long will it be until I return to writing? I can’t say for sure. That all depends on how quickly I pick up on what I have to do.

Also, I’ve been thinking about something the other blogger said to me: he said I want to post on a consistent schedule. I knew that part, of course, but then he followed that by saying “…even if it’s only once a week.”

Once a week? Really? That’s okay??? Well, shoot! In that case, I might not abandon the blog completely after all! I could manage to do one blog per week. I have to talk to him more about this, so I can’t say for sure yet.

However, there is one thing you can count on: you will know when I do!

 

~~~Steve

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The Path of Least Resistance

Okay, I woke up later than I meant to, so this is going to be short and sweet.

Sometimes in life you might find yourself in a situation where you have countless projects to complete, and a limited window of time in which to do them. For example, every morning I like to:

  • Write a new blog
  • Submit one of my stories to 10 websites for reviews
  • Format at least 5 pages of a poetry collection for Amazon

However, today I don’t have enough time to do all these, so how do I decide which one to do?

That’s easy: whichever comes naturally.

If a project feels like a grind, then I stop doing it. Why? Because if I don’t, then I know I will keep thinking to myself, “Man, this is a drag. I really don’t want to do this right now. There are so many other things I need to get done.” These thoughts will slow me down, not just because of the time I waste thinking them, but they will actually make me take longer to complete the task that I don’t feel like doing.

This isn’t just a writer’s problem. You might have several DIY projects you want to do around the house: put up new shelves, rearrange the living room, organize a closet better, and so on.

My advice still applies. Pick the the project that feels like fun (or the closest thing to it) and do that first.