Oh, and isn’t life a marathon? Hey, when we’re working and relying on others for our well-being, such as government, corporations, or unions, life’s already a marathon. We have a forty to sixty-hour work week, plus life commitments. Okay, what happens when we’re looking to make two careers out of something?
As a trainer and budding indie author putting some of the final polishes on a manuscript before researching how to promote, market, and do all the other good stuff that comes for serious indie authors, one can say my time for sleep is slim. Oh, it is.
I had a sleepless night. I decided to swap my reading and writing times, and oh, did it backfire! Luckily, I’m naturally in the hallowed “sleepless elite.” I’ve been up since 8:00am Monday morning and I can probably go another thirty-one straight hours if need be.
Many of us aren’t, so how do we manage our precious time for this marathon in life if we’re looking to get out of our boring day jobs and into a real gig we’ll enjoy from the very first second?
It’s easier said than done, but I must assure you sleepless nights are ahead, there’s no other way. Legends are either going to bed at 5:00am or waking up at 5:00am. Are you a morning person? Set the alarm for 5am. Are you a night owl, as I am? Go to bed at 5am. Are you in the sleepless elite? Bless you, only 1% to 3% of the population can claim it. You’re unique.
As stated yesterday, I want to invoke sacrifice into this marathon. There already aren’t enough hours in the day for me to write and edit my work in progress, train, write my blog, workout twice per day, read on how to become a better writer (I’m looking to turn the indie world upside down), and study religion (I’m Pagan) without sacrifice. Sorry for that run-on sentence, but this is what the day of us busy people looks like.
Do you want it bad enough? This is your test.
You’re going to want to say no to hanging out on most nights in favor of protecting your journey to where you want to be. You’re going to have to tailor your day to fit your goals. And, you’re going to light some bridges ablaze. If you’re willing to do it, proceed to continue your pursuit toward your goal.
A High and Lonely Destiny
Straight out of Narnia, is this little saying, but it’s summed up to perfection. Ours is a high and lonely destiny, to an extent. This is your opportunity to get rid of the negative people, as you’ll find many of your “friends” and others are just that, negative. Look, the minute you come out and start saying what you want and start being you, the friend list dwindles.
I could’ve had long-lasting friendships, relationships, and other short-term luxuries of the common man, but I decided against it. Why? Because I know what I want, and I know what I want to preach. Wow, talk about a sentence with echoes. You get the gist.
Do you want long-term happiness, or short-term fixes, because many of these “friends” cease to be the second they pursue their goal. Rise above, and find likeminded individuals, even if it means changing your friendship base.