Stagnation is the dream killer.
I typically save these type of blog posts for my Monday Morning Musings series that I do from time to time. But it’s no longer Monday and the lingering feeling to write this up still persists, so here I am.
It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve written my last blog post (one that I’m INSANELY proud of through a collaboration with FoKAS photography). It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve really read anything toward my 2017 Reading Challenge; and it’s been about a week since I’ve written anything towards my novel and shared it in my Attacking the Novel series. Needless to say, in my mind, I feel like I’ve fallen off to some degree. For a number of reasons. But I’m not here to actually talk about any of those excuses. Instead, I want to briefly talk about avoiding the same pitfalls once you realize that you’re not living up to your potential.
I’m terrified of becoming stagnant; and it’s pretty high up on my list of fears. Probably right below something negative happening to my family and/or friends; and there’s a reason for that.
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
~ Thomas Edison
The above is one of my favorite quotes. So much so that I have a poster with it in my room. It’s the first thing I typically see when I wake up every morning (along with the alarm clock to see if I can sleep an extra fifteen minutes) and it’s the last thing I see before passing out in bed at night. The purpose of placing it where it is on the wall is to force me to always meditate on one important question?
Am I doing as much as I possibly can?
We all come from a variety of backgrounds, upbringings, lifestyles, and personal choices. But we also all come pre-installed with potential towards accomplishing goals that we set out to complete. But that potential doesn’t mean anything without the drive to want to complete those goals. That drive is the gasoline to our dream vehicle; and you need as much as you can get to stay on the road even when conditions are terrible. The scope and level of difficulty in all of our goals is different, of course, but everybody has something they want to accomplish. The tricky part is in figuring it out in a realistic way.
Have you been squandering your free time lately? Is there something you know you need to do or want to do to accomplish that nagging idea in the back of your head? What’s stopping you from doing it? If there is an obstacle, can you navigate around it? Not being satisfied with simply ‘getting by’ in every facet is the necessary attitude to have to squeeze as much out of every opportunity as you can and stay moving.
I’m going to take my own advice and get back on that metaphorical horse and do what I need to do as well. Stagnation is the dream killer.
Until next time.