I wanted to share some things for those who sometimes trod into Slumps-ville. I go through slumps, too, as a writer. Highs. Lows. Ups. Downs. Discouragement nags at us, and if we’re not on our guard, it could very well swallow us. It’s okay for a while as long as we get back up.
Writing fiction involves character development, writing great settings and having a good plot, and it’s having a satisfying ending that wraps the story up. Selling it involves perseverance.
We can all use a mental boost once in a while. I’d like to share ten things that radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, believes what it takes to have a mentally strong attitude. Some either love Mr. Limbaugh or hate him, but if you put him aside, his ten traits have some meaningful life lessons. His statements are in red, mine are in black:
- They don’t give away their power–they avoid giving people power to offend them. People will always offend us. Let’s not let it bother us, rather, allow them the freedom to speak their mind.
- They don’t worry about what others think. I’d only like to add, we should always strive to set good examples.
- They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. They take responsibility for their actions and accept the fact that life isn’t fair. They quickly learn that no one is responsible for their lives but they, themselves.
- They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control. They can discern when there are things that are out of their control.
- They don’t worry about pleasing others. Other people’s happiness and contentment is not our job or responsibility, however, we try to make peace to the best of our ability.
- They aren’t fearful. They aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe even if it means they are the only ones standing.
- They don’t dwell on the past. This one here is actually found in the Bible: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What this means, is that we can’t keep looking back and expect to be productive as we move forward. We must stay focused on the road ahead.
- They don’t make the same mistake twice. They learn from their mistakes.
- They don’t resent other people’s success. They cheer another’s success and give others encouragement.
- They don’t give up after a failure. 😉 They may fail time and again, but the secret is getting back up.
- They don’t fear time alone. They treasure peace. They draw strength and become refreshed when they take time to be alone.
- They don’t think the world owes them anything. They work hard toward their goals and take pride in their accomplishments.
- They don’t expect immediate results. This is a tough one, and I’d like to expand on this point. I’ve been guilty of this vital mistake. Things worth having are worth working hard toward and waiting on. I also must say, this comes from the Bible, too: “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ~Palms 27:14
We are all called to pursue our interests. We must seek what it is we’re good at, and what our passion is. Then, take one step at a time to work toward that goal. Most of the time the road is long and dusty. It isn’t easy, but the winding path will lead you to the right place if you follow your heart to the end.