Best Step

“The secret of success is knowing what the best next step to take is — then taking it.” David Viscott

I don’t know about you, but in my writing life, I find that that it’s easy for me to become unfocused and overwhelmed. Pondering a daily writing task I’ve set for myself can seem overwhelming. I’m betting that you often feel the same way.

“Overwhelm” — that’s a loaded word, isn’t it? One of its simplest meanings is “to overpower in thought or feeling” — and that pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Because when you’re overwhelmed you feel overpowered — as if you are not equal to the task at hand: It’s too big, too complex, too demanding, too scary — to tackle. 

But our pal David Viscott, a psychiatrist and author of self-help books like Emotionally Free, has a simple antidote: “the best next step.”

When feelings of “overwhelm” threaten to swallow you up, just stop, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “What’s the next best step I can take here?” Then see what surfaces — and just do it.

Most of the time, we know what this next step is, so it’s not all that complicated. We just have to isolate it and commit.

A few more words of wisdom from David that are tailor-made for us: “Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.” Write on!

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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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