January 1, 2011 ~ In November of 2010, I participated in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November and I DID IT! It was a huge challenge, but I won!
I wrote this journal entry a month after completing NaNoWriMo. It was written on January 1st, a time when many of us might begin to keep a journal. We make our resolutions for the New Year. Maybe we join a gym. By February, the excitement and hopes of the year ahead begins to wane and we’re back to the daily grind. Our journal entries become a chore and you’re able to find a parking spot at the gym, if you’re still going yourself.
At the beginning of each year, I always pick one word that will be my mantra for the upcoming year. In 2011, my word was persevere which is defined as, continuing a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.
I chose this word in 2011 as a result from my experience with NaNoWriMo. Throughout the month of November, I stayed the course. When I made the decision to participate in NaNo, I made up my mind I was going to follow through and complete the challenge. I would not allow my negative thoughts and my negative journal entries hinder my success.
My journal from 2011 is full of quotes on perseverance. One of my favorites that I wrote many times was, “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you’re tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Another quote I love is, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
By November 29th, I was hanging on tight with a smile on my face because I knew I was going to reach my goal. After completing NaNoWriMo, I no longer fill my journal with negative words. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog, words are powerful and if they’re spoken enough, they begin to take root and we believe them. Now my journal is full of encouragement because I know through hard work and determination, I can accomplish anything.