written by Paula Hartmann
In the last eleven months I wrote a new blogpost every single week. To be honest with you, I didn’t think I could do it.
At the beginning of the year I committed myself to be more consistent with my writing and also to be more of service for my readers. I can tell you, this was not easy for me.
Some weeks I didn’t want to write and I even told myself, “You don’t have to, if you don’t feel like it.” But then I remembered my commitment. I don’t know how many times I was sitting on my couch on Saturday night trying to come up with something I could write about.
Just now it hit me that I’ve actually achieved my goal of sending out a newsletter every single Sunday.
Writing brings me so much joy, but at the same time, I needed to overcome my laziness and procrastination almost every week.
Today I would like to share with you how I did it and why being persistent with your dreams is so important.
Here are four tips that will help you to not give up on your goals!
1. Persistence builds up trust in yourself
The key is to start slow and small. If you set too high goals from the beginning, you won’t have the mental strength to follow through with them. When I started my blog five years ago, I wrote a post every other month. I didn’t know how to write an article at first and it terrified me to hit the publish button. I call this the ugly pre-work phase. No matter what you want to achieve in your life, you have to go through this phase to build up inner strength and trust in yourself. Once you believe that you can do something once a month, you will trust yourself that you can do it twice a month or once a week. If you have a dream of creating something, set a very realistic goal - one that you can definitely achieve comfortably. Do this for a couple of weeks before you allow yourself to level up your game. This is why New Year’s resolutions don’t work. F.i. we set the goal to work out 30 min. every day instead of 5 min. every day. After the third day, we give up, because the jump is too big. Not necessarily for our body, but for our mind. Our mind will try to convince us that we just can’t do it. You have to show yourself first that you are capable of doing "a little”. Then you will trust yourself that you can also achieve bigger things.
2. Exercise your creativity muscles
To be able to work on our art consistently we have to use our creativity more often - in every area of our life. F.i. when you try out a new recipe, you might suddenly get an inspiration to write a new blog post. When you doodle around in your journal, you suddenly get an idea for a new song. When you dance in your living room, you will have the energy to finish your painting. Creativity is a holistic thing. The more you create, the more creative you'll become. And this definitely helps with being persistent. When I get an idea for a blog post, I write it in my idea folder. Looking at this list helps me to trust that I can keep creating.
3. Don’t give up 5 minutes before the miracle happens
Even if you have found your strength and you are creating persistently, you will come to a point where you think, “What's the use?” You will have the feeling that you’re under-appreciated and that all the work you’ve done so far didn't lead you anywhere. You will start doubting everything. You will think, “I still don’t have a lot of fans.” or “Why am I still doing this? This is hard work.” No matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re an already accomplished artist, these doubts will definitely haunt you and there are an indication that you’re close to a breakthrough. Don’t give up now 5 minutes before the miracle happens! Be patient and keep going! If what you’re doing really satisfies your heart, you will ask yourself: "What else would I be doing anyways? This is what brings me the most joy.”
4. You’re not doing this only for yourself
If you would follow your dreams only for selfish reasons, it would be easy to give up on them. But your dream is helping others. It brings more beauty and joy into this world. Or it might heal somebody else. If you don’t listen to your heart, somebody else will not benefit from your gifts. Somebody might have a problem, that you can solve. Somebody might feel sad and you could cheer them up with your art. You’re dreams matter for all of us. To see the truth in this will help you to keep going.
I believe in you and your dreams!
The world needs your gifts! Show them to us!
Sending you so much love,
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