It’s much like a writer who feels the thrill of achievement after finishing a short story or book, finding an agent, winning a competition or receiving an award then has to get back to the business of writing one word at a time. It can be a letdown.
So, how do you keep the celebratory feeling while starting over? According to motivational experts there are ways to ease into a new project. First, absorb the joy of accomplishment and congratulate yourself for persevering. Additionally, soak up everyone’s good wishes and hold onto them. At this point, a brief break from writing may help re-energize and refocus your priorities.
Next, let go of the past accomplishment, release it into the world then concentrate on what needs to be done right now. As the saying goes, the past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift.
Experts also stress the importance of support groups and, as most of us know, they are invaluable. This cheering section will be the first to clap and yell when you have a win, offer encouragement when times are rough and goad you into action when your pen is at a standstill.
Finally, continue to celebrate the small wins such as completing a scene or chapter. Reward yourself for reaching milestones along your path to the next major achievement.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey