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Setting goals and reaching for your dreams on a daily basis is a full-time proposition–especially when you know the clock’s ticking–since every moment counts in order to accomplish the progress you set for yourself.

Achieving your writing goals can be challenging (as well as frustrating) when you aren’t able to move forward at the speed you want.

Merriam-Webster defines frustration as “a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled need.”

Your ambitions and objectives may seem perfectly clear and reasonable. However, life often has a way of putting these ambitions on hold or in a temporary pause mode.

How you handle your desires depends on what you decide to do first.

Recently, I made the decision to put family and writing on hold for several days. I was about to embark on a life-changing event.

I’d no idea how this experience would impact me, nor did I realize at the time that I was about to do something that would be life-changing.

Here’s something I’m sure you’ve heard during your life’s journey. If you want to grow and feel complete, start by getting out of your way and possess the willingness to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone.

Amelia Earhart once said,

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Being trained to facilitate an Alternatives to Violence project for inmates was something I’d been mulling over for quite a while. The idea of helping rehabilitate inmates felt rewarding, and at the same time a little scary.

Taking this leap of faith came from my faith in God. I trusted that these men needed what I could bring to them.

How you feel about achieving any objective may come easily, or it may be more difficult.

Your choice to bring great writing to the forefront begins with wanting to share it with others. How you deliver what you write arrives with either an incredible supply of knowing what to do and say, or there may be some frustration when your ideas and thoughts take more time to surface in the exact way you want them delivered.

Try these suggestions when you find yourself feeling stuck in writing frustration.

Turn frustration on its ear

Finding it difficult to transfer your thoughts in your head onto paper? Step away from your pen and paper (or your laptop) and take some deep breaths of fresh air. A change of scenery often brings new insights that weren’t there before.

Clear your Schedule

Take a look at your calendar. Have you booked too many coaching sessions? Perhaps you reserved too many hours of your day toward listening to webinars?

There’s nothing wrong with learning and keeping up with the latest marketing techniques to get your writing published. However, you should make sure you schedule time every day to keep yourself in top form.

Ways to keep yourself in tip-top writing form

Schedule regular times to do something healthy for yourself. Reserving time to exercise, enjoy a walk, or plan some time outdoors in your garden, rejuvenates you physically and also renews your writing spirit.

The next time you feel frustrated, step back, instead of floundering in the frustration. Take a deep look at what exactly is causing your frustration.

Once you’ve addressed the frustration, you’re more likely to effectively move forward with your writing.

Here’s this weeks’ invitation: Try one of the above suggestions to help you be more consistent with successful writing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding writing frustrations that get in your way of being a productive writer. Post your comments or send me a quick email to [email protected].

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