- Created: Monday, 13 September 2010 17:49
- Written by Elizabeth Danziger * WorkTalk Communications Consulting
How is writing like swimming?
I swim a mile several times a week, and have been doing so for years. That’s 72 laps. Every time I swim, I go about four laps and then a little voice in my head says, “I’m a little tired… maybe I shouldn’t do the full distance today… 72 laps! Maybe I’ll just do 40 today…” For a moment, this always sounds reasonable. And every time, I say to that little voice, “Just do the first 16 and see how you feel. We’re going to go the distance.” Even though I know I can do it, that little voice (please tell me you have one too!) wants to undermine my willingness to do the right thing. I force myself to do the warm-up set and, by the time it’s over, I’ve gotten into the rhythm of the workout and I’m able to go the distance.