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The Uphill Climb and Other Thoughts

5 Jan

Well, it took less than a week into the New Year for me to start moping. It isn’t surprising. The last year was a doozy, and I’ve felt like Sisyphus more often than not (Sisyphus was the dude who was damned by the gods to push a boulder up a hill for all eternity and never get anywhere…gotta love Greek myths). One thing that I think I’ve gotten better at in the last year, though, is stopping for a deep breath and a reassessment.

I always feel silly talking about the “power of positive thinking”, but I think that once you get past the corny motivational speaker connotations, you reach an idea that is pretty central to accomplishing anything. Believing that you can do something makes it more likely that you will. Now, I’m pretty sure believing I can fly won’t help me sprout wings, but believing that I could write a book certainly got me over some difficult humps of self-doubt.

It can be hard to get to that place where you can smile about all the things that are going right, especially when it seems like the world is dog-piling on top of you. Maybe life would have seemed better to Sisyphus if he had stopped and thought, “Well, at least I get to be out in the sun while I push this enormous boulder up a hill for the rest of forever!”

I’m not sure what my point is here, except that positive thinking can actually help us reap real rewards. I’m gearing up for a final editing push of my manuscript before submission, and am currently taking notes for the second book in the series. When it all seems like a little too much, I’m concentrating on how marvelous it is that I had the  chance to take the time to accomplish something that I’ve wanted to do my entire life. I never thought I’d have the time or the energy, but look what I have done!

How do you get yourself to the top of that hill? What motivates you and keeps you going strong?