Putting in the Work

My co-workers say they don’t know how I do it. We have the rare opportunity to pick up extra hours and I have. I’m not working to the point where I have no time to rest or work on things that are important to me outside of work. I’m just working more than them.

Partly I’m doing it because the work is needed but I’m not altruistic. I have my own goals (i.e. a new car, getting out of debt). I find when I am focused on something, I’m 100% committed to getting what needs to be done done.

It’s the same level of focus and grit I had in November that helped me reach the goal of writing 50,000 words toward my novel. It’s the same level of work we all would put in when working towards something that matters to us.

I’m not special in my resolve to work 11 or 12 hour days or to pick up extra shifts on the weekend. When we find something or someone that is important enough for us to put in the work for, it’s amazing what we’re willing to sacrifice or do to reach our goals.

Sometimes life throws us curve balls, current situation of the world for example, and it can be difficult to remember why we are working so hard. I know some things I was working towards came to a halt in the last few weeks with everything going on in the world and my life.

Sometimes it takes a reminder for us to get back on track. I start, I stop, and I start again. The cycle seems endless but I’m able to realize faster these days when I stop walking towards my goals. This blog post is a reminder to myself to get back to work on things that are important to me.

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