Timing for the Train

Door to door it usually takes me about 13 min to get to my train platform in the morning and my train departs at 616am. 

One winter morning, as I turned the key and I looked at the clock on the dash I saw: 603am. 

Thoughts started coming up like: 

There’s no way I can get there on time. 

It’s not possible. 

I can just take the next train. 

Then I suddenly realized: I am giving up ahead of time. 

What if it was possible to make the train? What if instead I choose to just show up as best I can and I see what happens?  

As I sat on the 616am train that morning, out of breath, sweaty and smiling, I thought to myself … where else am I quitting ahead of time? What else could be possible if I took the next steps required in whatever amount of time that I have. 

Now, we can apply this learning to our writing. We can allow a flag to go up whenever we hear the thought – oh, there’s not enough time to get this done. I’ll do it tomorrow. I ask, is that true? 

Maybe it’s possible to finish it. Let’s see.

Just yesterday I practised this and made some small revisions that were requested and in just a few minutes I had a final version. It was so fun to surprise myself with this! 

This is age old wisdom. We can know intellectually “why put off until tomorrow what can be done today”. But, something different happens for us when we put it into practise. 

We begin to create evidence for ourselves that can shift our beliefs and be powerful in changing our approach to time. 

If you are feeling like you just don’t have a big enough chunk of time to work on your writing projects and you end up procrastinating instead and you are ready to commit to sustainably changing this for yourself , please email me at support@melissaeanders.com for your important complimentary Discovery Call so that we can begin to understand more about what’s happening for you and whether the work I do would be a good fit for you.

Sincerely,
Melissa

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