I’m currently working on a creative project. I won’t say what it is because I believe in showing, not telling. And I don’t know when it will be completed. It could be five months from now. It could be five years from now.
I can’t say what the future holds for me.
But I might pass failure on the way to success
and will probably endure a few, if not many, rejections. So if/when that happens, I need something that’s going to lift me up. Words and stories that at one time made me feel excited and open to new possibilities. To remind myself that even when I’m feeling down on myself – which will most certainly happen – there was a time when I felt confident in my abilities. And I need to keep on.
I collected some clippings and printed articles I found around the web that truly motivate me. And I put them in a designated “pick-me-up corner”. My pick-me-up corner is exactly as it sounds. It’s meant to give me a boost when morale is low. A light push saved exclusively for the times when I absolutely need one. It’s only natural to have feelings of doubt, but I don’t want that to hinder my judgment as I’ve let it in the past. I’m too old to let negative thoughts defeat me.
I work on my state of mind every day. I try to keep my attitude positive yet realistic and my drive strong. But it doesn’t hurt to have another back-up system.
So this is what I’ve done. My own little corner. A different kind of support, if you will.
If you find yourself wavering from your dreams and goals, what do you do? How do you keep yourself from throwing in the towel?