Daily Commitment

“Improvement is a daily commitment.”
Ed Agresta

One of the motivational hot lines I call every day is Ed Agresta’s “Power Thoughts” (609.660.8156). He often has pithy, insightful ideas to share that give me a boost — and something to think about. Just recently, he talked about three questions that we can ask ourselves on a daily basis to help us move in the direction we want to go:

“What did I learn today?”
“How did I grow today?”
“What will I do differently tomorrow?”

There’s something about these questions that caught my attention. I can see that asking them at the end of a day would be a good way to make sure that I’m bringing curiosity and the desire to learn to my work.

So often, we get into a rut and feel that we’re not learning or growing. I know, because I’ve been there. Sometimes I feel like I’m holding on to the page by my fingernails and that I’m about to fall off it. This usually happens when I’ve hit a tough part of a draft or feel that something isn’t working.

I’m sure you know the feeling. At times like these it’s easy to feel that nothing’s working — and nothing’s going to work. But if we can stop and ask ourselves, “What have I learned here?” or “What do I need to do differently?” then we can salvage something from a rough work session that’s valuable and useful. We can take away something that can help move us forward even in a moment when we don’t feel like we’re making any progress. So let’s try it — and write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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