#2: A Silly Predicament + Solution

October 10, 2020

Kelly

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Folks, I’ve done it to myself.

Ever since I wrote my last newsletter, I’ve felt this nagging urgency inside to continue writing. Not in an insatiable, “I’m so creative and eloquent” way, but in a borderline-toxic, “if I don’t one-up my last article then I will never succeed” type of way. Leave it to me to get too caught up in my own head, right?

It took me 2 weeks to come up with something captivating enough for me to want to share with all 24 of my subscribers (love and appreciate you all, by the way) because of the sheer pressure that I put on myself to uphold this unreasonable standard of performance. Even though I have already amassed a handful of I had hit writers block after the first round, and it felt really silly. Could this be shiny object syndrome?

But last night, I was reading this month’s book, The Happiness Project when author Gretchen Rubin had put it perfectly.

I didn’t want to be like the novelist who spent so much time rewriting his first sentence that he never wrote his second.

And I realized: nobody cares if you have screw ups. They’re probably too focused on their own issues to even realize. So the best thing we can do is commit to the journey we started and practice consistency.

The solution? I hereby declare that I will be writing one of these newsletters per week in an effort to exercise my creative writing skills. And I urge you to also do that thing that you’ve been putting off. Because time will pass regardless of whether or not you choose to utilize it. And at the end of the day, your actions are the only thing you have full control over. Make today count.

This is article #2 of “Getting Shit Done,” the muses of Kelly’s brain, broken down to easily digestible snippets and actionable tasks. Subscribe to future mailings by clicking this link: https://buttondown.email/kellymeng

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