No Pain No Gain: How to know you want it

There’s a certain guilt we all receive when we don’t live up to our own expectations.

When this happens it’s a clear indication that we care about our art. This guilt is the fuel to achieve a better tomorrow — The want to strive and continue to improve.

I’ve taken days off. I find a million excuses. Not enough sleep. Busy. Too much other things to worry about. I’ll make time later.

All in all, it equals in a guilt ridden day. It snowballs into self-doubt, hate, anger and bitterness.

I warn my girlfriend, bless her heart, she still doesn’t understand. I tell her “Listen, writing is draining, it takes a lot out of me” She replies with “Yeah I know”. No she doesn’t, but I again, I don’t blame her.

This goes for any art or sport. No one really understand unless they are doing it themselves. Unless they strive every day like you and I.

When my writing isn’t going well, the rest of life isn’t going well. That’s my indication that I care. This is my chosen path and whether I like it or not, my mind is guilting me into succeeding.

If you don’t feel guilty for taking a day off, then you aren’t doing it right. I’m not saying you don’t deserve the day off, which all hard workers do, but understand that in order to succeed, to reach your goals and be happy, you have to want it.

Use that guilt, hate that guilt and avoid it at all lengths.

Always be Writing
-REH

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