A couple of weeks ago, I was on the phone with my mom, discussing the writers’ block I have been experiencing–if you doubt me, look at how long it has been since I have posted, and how long it was before that, and you will see what I mean. Seriously, I don’t even do status updates on Facebook–I barely get on to “LIKE” things that my friends say.
Anyway, my mom tells me about Stephen King being asked about writers’ block and what he does about it. His cure: ”BUTT GLUE.”
What is “Butt Glue?”
“Butt Glue” is glueing your butt to the chair in front of your computer and not getting up until you write, according to Mr. King.
Now, that explains a lot about his genre of writing. His books start out mysterious and go completely dark before they are all over. An extended amount of time with one’s behind firmly attached to a chair with glue would explain that. Misery does not begin to describe what comes to mind. (Hint: Most people either drink wine or coffee when they write–I personally cannot write when drinking wine because my mind gets too lazy, but coffee on the other hand. . . . Anyway, these beverages have an effect on the body which makes sitting still for extended periods of time improbable–hence the horror writing.)
Now, I have not verified that this in fact came from Stephen King, but I am going to accept that it did for three reasons. One, my mom said so. Two, it led to a humorous (I hope) anecdote. And, three, my mom said so.
On a serious note, I believe he was referring to commitment to your purpose, even when not inspired, even when it is not easy, convenient, or comfortable. He was pointing to a level of determination where you will yourself to do what is necessary, even when your own mind is not cooperating. You do what it takes to make yourself stuck in front of your task, and you do not relent until it is done.
Does that describe our commitment to our goals? Do we just talk about working on them, think about working on them, and even work on them when inspired? But, when it just isn’t flowing, we just let them sit. Will that get us there?
Shonnie, my wife, business partner, and a writer as well, told me about a TV program she watches from time to time. It is about a woman who goes in to struggling businesses and works with the owner to transform them to success. What Shonnie noticed was that those business owners who were willing to do whatever necessary to follow this person’s advice accomplished the change. Those who found it just too hard did not. That challenges me. Does it challenge you?
I want my goals. Truthfully, I am not interested in my own excuses for not attaining them. Sure, the excuse may be valid enough, but the end result is the same: I don’t get my goal with its accompanying rewards.
So, what is your goal? Is it writing that book? Starting your business? Transforming your existing business? Improving your fitness? (All of those are goals of mine.) I can guarantee you that if you wait for inspiration, or for everything to be just right, before you get to work DILIGENTLY AND AGGRESSIVELY, your life will pass you by, and you will not get what you want.
Let’s be those who get what we want.