It’s Not A Mountain, It’s A Molehill
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"Arrrrgggghhhhh! Oh my word", you think. "That's impossible!!!"
This is you choosing to see the task as a mountain. It's your choice. And whenever you think like this you will get what's known as 'writer's block'. You'll sit there and nothing will come out. You'll start to feel a little panicky. You'll start to get stressed out. It's like a vicious circle of doubt spiralling out of control.
Time to break this habit. But how?
The only way to break this habit is to try your hardest to only think of your task as a molehill instead of a mountain. Focus on only one article at one time. If you find your mind wandering into the future, slowly bring it back. As with all habits, this will take time to change but it will change if you just keep trying. And a lot quicker than you think.
When you've formed this new habit, writer's stress and writer's block will disappear and become a thing of the past.
Pain Versus Pleasure
"The Only Motivating Forces"
Have you ever noticed that the only reason anybody does anything at all is to avoid pain and/or to gain pleasure?
Let's take the beam example I gave you earlier. In the first instance the beam was on the floor and I had a fiver waving around in the air for you if you went along the beam. You quickly evaluated that there wouldn't be any pain and you would be able to spend the fiver on a couple of beers or something (Pleasure), so you would have done it, no sweat.
In the second instance I raised the beam. You then changed your mind slightly. There was more of a chance of some pain. You might have slipped and landed one leg either side of the beam. Not nice! But then I upped the pleasure you could gain and you decided it was worth the risk.
Then, when I moved the beam to the top of a skyscraper. Mucho incrediblez pain! If you'd have slipped, you'd be history. Not even one million pounds was enough to get you to come across. But then I got evil and dangled little Johnny over the edge. Your evaluation changed once again because of the immense pain of guilt you would feel if you didn't come across and save him.
Do you see what I'm getting at?
So let's give you something to think about. Let's swap the beam for your newsletter writing career but this time the beam is going to be three foot wide with banisters to hold on to on each side. The beam is too long for you to see where it leads but let me tell you what's at the other side...