There’s an editing feature in Microsoft Word that I love and use frequently, the “Find” button. This button allows me to search a particular word and if I choose, replace it with something better.
As I reach the halfway point of NaNoWriMo, I wish I could use the “Find” button for some motivation. For 14 days, the motivation has been present. Albeit some days more than others. So far, I’ve been able to stay on track with my word count.
This morning when I looked at the calendar, the red numbers 1 and 5 were staring me in the face. My word count of 25,600 indicates I’m a little more than half way to my goal, but my mind is questioning, “Am I really only half way there?”
At that moment, I realized I had to utilize my “Find” button for a new mindset. If I allowed my mind to continue down this negative and self-doubting path, I would fail. If I focused on how many words I still have to write, I would fail.
Instead of traveling down that path, I chose to hit “Find” and there it was, perseverance, a tendency that every person has the ability to utilize, if they so choose. So today, I will persevere. I will stay on my steady course of action. Instead of asking, “Am I really only half way there?” I choose to say, “Look how far I’ve come, I’m almost there.”
What keeps you motivated in your writing or in life?