Quit Shirking Hard Work and Honor Your Commitments – Daily Quote

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They say character is who we are when no one is watching. There are mornings when it comes in handy. Character spur us to act and commit. Being committed is doing what you promise you will do when others would quit. It is staying the course and continuing along the chosen path, even when the going is tough. We might slip and fall, but we get up and try again.

To become successful, we need to roll discipline into the mix. Discipline is a tool that allows us to conquer ourselves by obeying a code of behavior, enforcing prescribed conduct, and imposing self-control. Mastering ourselves frees us from bad habits, laziness, and lethargy. Self-discipline helps access delayed gratification, which improves our progress towards larger goals with future payoffs.

The three-musketeer package of character, commitment, and discipline aids in removing distractions, making decisions, and powering through the tough jobs. We can prioritize our agenda according to the biggest ROI. When we realize the difficulties of those tasks, we do well to tackle them first. We work within our personal clocks, playing to our strengths as a morning person, or resisting a fight against our night owl tendencies when we schedule our day. It is not all toil. The reward is the progress we make towards achieving our goals.

What gets you out of bed?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – August 11

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 224 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided to double down. Can I get a year’s worth of work accomplished by Christmas? We will find out.

My turning point happened when I remembered reading somewhere that anxiety and excitement create similar emotional responses in the body. Anxiety raises your heart rate, your cortisol level increases, and your nerves prepare you for action. Most often, we respond by stress-eating a late-night pint of chocolate ice cream. The only difference between the two emotions is anxiety has a negative connotation, while we view excitement as positive. The answer seemed clear. I needed to reframe the context of my emotions and proceed as if my success lies on the horizon.

All that remains is for me to divide my workload into bite-size pieces, and do the next right thing. I am aligning my creative endeavors to focus on writing, editing, and creating a brighter future.

Try it, and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Ditching Your Fear to Sit in the Driver’s Seat – Daily Quote

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Its Monday morning, the alarm sounds, and you slap the snooze button repeatedly until silence rules. Sweet, beguiling sleep is elusive, and you lose the valiant battle. Groaning, you burrow into once warm covers, hoping to block the ugly realities looming with the breaking dawn. Daylight is much scarier than the deep, dark night. Dread, despair, and the feeling of preordained defeat pushes you into your hollow cocoon of denial. Was it always this way? Do you remember when bright-eyed and bushy-tailed described your daily greeting to the day’s potential?

Courage and fear go hand in hand, two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, the shadow to the sunshine. They say those who search for bravery lack confidence in themselves. In today’s crazy upside-down world, unpredictability laced with anxiety is the name of the new game. They masquerade as procrastination, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome. Does that sound familiar to any of my writer friends?

Even sensitive, introverted, timid, and over-stressed souls can summon the audacity and inner pluck to move, listen to their Jiminy Cricket voice, and saddle up.

Can you find your untapped courage today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – August 10

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 223 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided to double down. Can I get a year’s worth of work accomplished by Christmas? We will find out.

My turning point happened when I remembered reading somewhere that anxiety and excitement create similar emotional responses in the body. Anxiety raises your heart rate, your cortisol level increases, and your nerves prepare you for action. Most often, we respond by stress-eating a late-night pint of chocolate ice cream. The only difference between the two emotions is anxiety has a negative connotation, while we view excitement as positive. The answer seemed clear. I needed to reframe the context of my emotions and proceed as if my success lies on the horizon.

All that remains is for me to divide my workload into bite-size pieces, and do the next right thing. I am aligning my creative endeavors to focus on writing, editing, and creating a brighter future.

Try it, and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Release the Unimportant to Achieve Your Dreams – Daily Quote

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It’s easy to view successful people, entrepreneurs, star athletes, and envy their fame and fortune. They live a dream life, the existence we want for ourselves and our families. We wonder what makes them special and why our desires have not materialized. We don’t consider their path to greatness. Their road may have required sacrifices, no parties, missed movies, waking early, strict diets, and forsaking staying out late. They have spent hours, days, weeks, and years relentlessly pursuing their vision. 

To advance toward our goals, we must make difficult decisions. Focusing on a single target means letting something else go.  In a world where they coach us to “never give up,” we can find ourselves forced into a life of contradiction, tension, and lack of progress. We race through an endless list of activities. Exhausted, and discouraged we try harder without focus we sporadically work longer hours, thereby condemning ourselves to tread water.

By shutting a door, we allow doors with different opportunities to open. How many times have you heard someone who has experienced a major failure say it was the best thing that ever happened to them? They had to quit one situation to reconsider their beliefs and free their minds to alternative possibilities. The truth is, only you can decide what is worth giving up. 

What are you willing to let fall away to achieve your goals?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – August 9

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 222 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided to double down. Can I get a year’s worth of work accomplished by Christmas? We will find out.

My turning point happened when I remembered reading somewhere that anxiety and excitement create similar emotional responses in the body. Anxiety raises your heart rate, your cortisol level increases, and your nerves prepare you for action. Most often, we respond by stress-eating a late-night pint of chocolate ice cream. The only difference between the two emotions is anxiety has a negative connotation, while we view excitement as positive. The answer seemed clear. I needed to reframe the context of my emotions and proceed as if my success lies on the horizon.

All that remains is for me to divide my workload into bite-size pieces, and do the next right thing. I am aligning my creative endeavors to focus on writing, editing, and creating a brighter future.

Try it, and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Reject Your Fear, and Embrace the Magic in Your Heart – Daily Quote

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Contemplating a new project is exhilarating. Excitement runs high as we envision the joy and satisfaction we expect from a completed task. The pros far outweigh the cons, there is no question we should proceed. So why do we become experts at delaying? We know what it requires, the essential steps, but we procrastinate, we wait, we opt to pursue less productive activities.

Whether we fear failure, dread increased responsibility based on our success, or find ourselves paralyzed by the desire for perfection, we need an answer. We must tap into our passion and enthusiasm. Do you remember that feeling?  

Procrastination lives in our heads, and the fastest way to dispel it is to move. Exercise, take a walk, spend time with optimistic people, get your blood flowing, and feel it coursing through your body. Then channel those emotions and start your work.

How do you find your magic?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – August 8

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 221 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided to double down. Can I get a year’s worth of work accomplished by Christmas? We will find out.

My turning point happened when I remembered reading somewhere that anxiety and excitement create similar emotional responses in the body. Anxiety raises your heart rate, your cortisol level increases, and your nerves prepare you for action. Most often, we respond by stress-eating a late-night pint of chocolate ice cream. The only difference between the two emotions is anxiety has a negative connotation, while we view excitement as positive. The answer seemed clear. I needed to reframe the context of my emotions and proceed as if my success lies on the horizon.

All that remains is for me to divide my workload into bite-size pieces, and do the next right thing. I am aligning my creative endeavors to focus on writing, editing, and creating a brighter future.

Try it, and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Difficult Job of Making It Look Easy – Daily Quote

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Steve Jobs makes being a creative sound easy. You simply connect random things in unique ways. Then you can feel guilty because you didn’t really do anything. Bah.

Being creative requires guts and hard work. You must be willing to fail, to learn from your failure, and to look at your problem from multiple angles until you find the right answer. When nothing works, you return to the drawing board and develop a new plan. Thomas Edison created multiple versions of a lightbulb that didn’t work. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times in his career, compared to his 714 career home runs.

Yes, creatives have a knack for seeing from a different point of view. They can take experiences and thoughts, and craft them in new ways, create new ideas, new processes, and new things. But it doesn’t happen without work, experimentation, and risk.

What risks are you taking today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – August 7

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 220 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided to double down. Can I get a year’s worth of work accomplished by Christmas? We will find out.

My turning point happened when I remembered reading somewhere that anxiety and excitement create similar emotional responses in the body. Anxiety raises your heart rate, your cortisol level increases, and your nerves prepare you for action. Most often, we respond by stress-eating a late-night pint of chocolate ice cream. The only difference between the two emotions is anxiety has a negative connotation, while we view excitement as positive. The answer seemed clear. I needed to reframe the context of my emotions and proceed as if my success lies on the horizon.

All that remains is for me to divide my workload into bite-size pieces, and do the next right thing. I am aligning my creative endeavors to focus on writing, editing, and creating a brighter future.

Try it, and let us know how you did in the comments below.

_________________________________________

Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer