"Stop and look at how far you've come..."
This is actually meant to be more reflective than motivational... although let's see where it goes before any rash decisions are made as to what I'm actually talking about.
I "reposted" an old blog a while back that I wrote eighteen prior (it is a personal favourite), and what I expected to be a simple cut and paste exercise became a little more involved because there was sentence structure and punctuation that could be improved upon. Thank the "blogging gods" there were no spelling mistakes that I could see — Pesky things.* Ultimately I clicked "publish", satisfied that my revision was a much tighter piece of writing than the original, and that got me to thinking... for good or bad.
Am I a great writer? Not today. Am I a good writer? It probably depends on the day, the phase of the moon, and how much luck is with me at that moment. Am I a better writer? Absolutely... and here is why.
I have written many, many blogs since my very first blog post, edited dozens of project proposals, and have asked a very good friend of mine (who is a very good writer) how I am doing, to which she says I am getting better— Sometimes with a slight "wince", but she assures me I am much tighter with my words and thoughts. Although there is credence in the old saying "practice makes perfect" and that statistic that 10,000 hours are needed for mastery, this is not what I had in mind when I started down this meandering path — I was being much more literal when I got to thinking, and titled this post "Stop and look at how far you've come...".
I truly was thinking more along the lines of, "Literally stop what you are doing and take a look around to see how far you have come".
To "see" your progress can be incredibly motivational; To visualize the ground covered, obstacles overcome, and the skills developed on the way. It is exciting and re-energizing to see how far you've come and what you've accomplished.
Sure it is encouraging to see how much closer you are to your goal(s), but the value of understanding how far you've come is more important as it re-enforces accomplishment, allows you to understand your newly acquired skills, and ensures your activity is getting you closer to your goals. It is in the actual act of stopping and looking back at what you have done that you ensure you're current activity is what's needed, or sadly shows that in effect you may not really be doing anything at all.
Either way you will know.
For me, I want to be a great writer, and with the activity of blog writing I am becoming a better writer, and continue to head in the right direction. And how do I really know? With that "repost" I posted I received a number of comments, many "likes", and a large number of views; whereas with my original I had "zeros" across the board — I thought I would bring this up for those looking for objective data.
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