Thank you Alex for organizing the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. I’m sure we will all get a great deal out of it, chiefly camaraderie, and hopefully encouragement.
Every artist—writer, painter, dancer, musician—faces adversity, a sea of naysayers, and rejection in the pursuit of their dreams. It’s how we handle the setbacks and what we choose to focus on in our darkest moments of self-doubt that determines if we give in or press forward.
We all hit rough patches. I've had many and I'm sure there will be more to come in my future. A few months ago, I was having a particularly difficult day. You know the kind, where nothing is going right, your muse is M.I.A., you've checked your email inbox for good news at least twenty times and not even your dog thinks you're worthy.
Yup, the nasty doubt monster had attacked, determined to crush my self-esteem. All sorts of crazy things ran through my mind, but my husband recognized my desperate need for a “break” and dragged me to the movies.
Normally, I groan or sigh through the onslaught of annoying commercials that precede the trailers. Then one I’d never seen before came on, totally captivating me, and shifted my mind-set about my writing career for good.
After this 60 second commercial, I felt lighter, happier, and certain of one thing. If I really wanted my dream to be a reality, I had to be Relentless. No matter how long it took. It was the only way.
I was also willing to try that energy drink over Red Bull the next time I needed one.
So I typed up and printed out the narration from the commercial and posted it in my office where I could see it every day. I know everyone will get something different from each IWSG post, but today I wanted to leave you with this:
I have virtues, which others may deem vices.
Virtues which guide me, and together have made me.
I embrace pain, suffering, and sacrifice. And gain strength from obsession.
It is true, they have given me scars which I know will never fade.
But for that I am grateful because they show me what is within me and what is within reach of me.
And through all of this, I live each day without compromise, without regret, and without excuse.
So as I endure the misfortune which lies in my path, I chase down my vision without diversion or retreat.
And in the pursuit of my passions, I’m neither timid nor afraid.
I am Relentless.
I will accept no half measures.
To learn more about the making of the video or the amazing artists of action sports, dance, martial arts, and music featured: http://www.relentlessenergy.com/film/virtues.html?WT.srch=1
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