This week, Seth Godin wrote, "Persistence isn't using the same tactics over and over. That's just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over."
To suit me, I'd revise it to say, "Persistence isn't using the same method over and over. That will just get you the same result. Persistence is having the same goal over and over."
I like that.
That's my problem. I keep switching my goals. Write a spy thriller. Pay the bills with a novella. Get "NY-published." Pay more bills with another novella.
Gas was $3.45 the other day, and the attendant told me it was going up to $5.00 by August. I nearly choked. Nearly threw up. Nearly cried. Felt socked in the stomach.
Are you kidding me? $5.00!!! Dear God. That's when it hit home that we are headed into a recession. And I'm a little nervous about it. During the little recession in 2001, (which never ended in Ohio, actually) ALL the piano stores in the greater Cleveland area closed up shop, except one.
I haven't had ONE call in the last six months from a piano student who ACTUALLY HAD A PIANO.
It's the first time in my life when economic chatter about recession has actually made me nervous, really nervous. Just the gas prices alone would force me to completely change my lifestyle, to stay home. All the time. I would never be able to go to the fireplace Borders on the other side of the city. Let's not get started on the price of food.
But I'm determined not to get sidetracked, or scare myself into staying into nice, comfortable pseudonym world. Starting on Friday, I am writing a novel as fast as I can until I need to start another novella in mid-April. Can't say I'm not nervous, 'cause I'm pretty used to writing what I write. I feel comfortable. It may not be easy, but I know I can do it.
I don't have that same confidence with a novel that targets NY. But that's okay.
Persistence is having the same goal over and over.
That's my mantra for the next month.
What about you?