Where Am I?
Several years ago, I was in Highlands, North Carolina, heading back down to our cabin near Dillard, Georgia. As I started home, a violent storm came out of nowhere. I crept slowly down the mountain, barely able to see through the blinding rain.
As I got to the bottom, my friend asked, "Bob, did we pass that gas station on the way up?" We hadn’t. Clearly, I had taken a wrong turn.
I went back up the mountain and started over. As I wound my way down, guess what we spotted again? That’s right, that same gas station! I had taken the wrong turn not once but twice — and it got me woefully off course. Ever done anything like that?
Bob Sands here this week for The Writer’s Life. I bet you’ve gotten lost a time or two also! It's not fun. It's worse when you do it in life and, of course, your career.
But isn't that how it works? You start out on your writer’s life journey. Suddenly, you take a wrong turn and find yourself lost and off-track.
What do you do? Hope is not lost. That’s what this week is all about. I’m going to share my “No Bull” Productivity Tips for the New Year.
So what do you do when you’re having trouble getting where you need to go? Don't make the same mistake I did. I failed to ask and answer one simple question, “Where am I?”
Here's a principle to think about for today.
If you're not honest about where you are, you can’t get to where you want to go. It's easy to approach this writer's life thing with rose-colored glasses. We read about many of our colleagues that appear to be an "overnight success." If you talk to them, you'll find they weren’t — they earned their position with hard work. They have struggles and insecurities like everyone else. They freely admit it. The difference is, they keep moving in the right direction.
So, if last year wasn’t your best year, I have one question for you: Where are you? Get honest about where you are today so you can begin making progress on where you need to go tomorrow.
Have you ever made a wrong turn and had to get back on course? How did you do it? I would love to hear about it in the comment section here.
And tomorrow, I'll continue this series on “No Bull” Productivity Tips for the New Year when we look at “why prospecting is so yesterday.”
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