“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”
― Words to inspire the winner in YOU
I have sat in front of my laptop over the last several days with the task of writing in mind. I would start a post only to find myself half way through hitting the delete button. I just couldn’t keep my train of thought focused, found myself wandering in my thoughts.
I am realizing that I am not alone in this way, mental blocks, writer’s block are very common even for the best authors.
Mental Block –
… [I]t can also be an inability to continue or complete a train of thought, as in the case of writer’s block. In the case of writer’s block, many find it helpful to take a break and revisit their topic. [source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_block]
I found on Google some suggestions in tackling these mental blocks. Here is what I found:
7 Unexpected Ways to Get Around Mental Blocks
- Freewrite. When you are feeling stuck, open up a new Word doc, and start writing about whatever is on your mind. …
- Tackle smaller tasks first. …
- Change your environment. …
- Learn something new. …
- Revisit past experiences. …
- See what your friends are up to. …
- Analyze other people’s ideas.
So dear reader I thought I would share with you something I am sure many have experienced. I am going to try some of the ways mention to overcome mental blocks.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
– Anne Sweeney, an American businesswoman, co-chair of Disney Media, and President of Disney Channel from 1996-2014.
When I traveled with the evangelist sometimes if I knew there was a better organist I would step aside and let them play. One day another musician came to me and said, “never take a back seat at the organ, you are just as good as the others”. I didn’t feel like I was a success, I was measuring my success against those of others. I never stepped aside ever again to another musician.
I have most of my life compared myself against others. I always felt like I just didn’t measure up. I was at a Preacher’s convention, it was a morning service and there was no musician. They asked if there was a piano player available. I raised my hand but I was ignored. The host told me I didn’t look good enough. I didn’t have a suit back then because my parents could not afford me the luxury. Those words from that host stuck with me for quite some time.
“Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.”- Fannie Flagg
Several years ago after being in treatment I finally came to the realization that I was killing myself trying to be the most popular guy in the room. News flash, I quit the popularity race!
So dear reader, success is in the eye of the beholder!
“I seek strength, not to be greater than other, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself”―
This staying in is starting to have some ill affects to me. Now, it could be things that have been ingrained in from my youth. Today after I wrote my post, “Back to The Future” and I hit the publish button I just had a wave of self doubt come over me.
Maybe, it is a total flop, people will have negative comments ( that has never happened to me). I just couldn’t shake those flashes of thoughts in my mind.
Growing up wasn’t a complete cake walk. Being bullied, laughed at, and only minimum support from my dad. My mother did all that she could do to boaster my esteem.
I found the great website that has all means of self esteem boosting sayings. Click on the link directly after the above quote to find them. I think I will use some of them on a weekly basis.
Everyone sometimes need a shot of encouragement now and then. If you are having self doubt, I can tell you, you are not alone.
So, I am going to pull up my boot straps and get back up and keep on writing!
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
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A Small Personal Note:
I write speaking of myself, my motive being if I am going through it, there are others going or have been through it also.
When I was learning to teach myself the piano there was one key and only one that I needed. That was the ability to focus! So, I would sit at my piano sometimes for hour upon hour working on one certain thing until I had it close to perfect.
Lately I having trouble with keeping focus on anything for a length of time. I find that my mind starts drifting. Which is the reason for lack of posts here on this blog.
I know that to be successful in anything you have to have a strong ability to focus. It requires your whole being on your endeavors in life.
In talking to my best friend I finally told him that I was considering see my psychiatrist to see if I can get through this lack of focus.
So, my task at hand is one thing and one thing only, FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!