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Day 21–Coffee-Is one cup enough?

Do I need coffee to run and write?

Of course not, but for me it doesn’t hurt. This morning I woke up to only 2 scoops of beans. In other words, I haven’t woke up.

Usually  it takes 5 scoops to make the 4 cups of coffee that my wife and I drink every morning. So, I had to figure out a way to use 2 scoops to get the job done. I ended up using one scoop to make myself a Turkish coffee, and I will do the same for my wife when she wakes up.

Still, I know I can use some more coffee, but for now that’s what I got. I’ll make do with what I have.

You will find that as a runner/writer you will often find yourself with only 2 scoops when you need 4.  Like everything in life, you will need to make do with what is available.

For example:

  • You want to write for 4 hours, but you only have 15 minutes.
  • You want to run 10 miles, but you’ve never run more than 3 miles.
  • You want to write a novel, but you can’t get past the first 10,000 words.
  • You’ve wrote the perfect short story, but you’re the only one who thinks so.
  • You query editors with an awesome pitch, but no one accepts.
  • You want to run a 7 minute mile, but your body won’t push past 8.
  • You want to weigh 20 pounds less, but you don’t.
  • You want to write and run everyday, but there’s something holding you back.

Just like the coffee scenario, all of these situations are uncontrollable to an extent.

I only have one cup of coffee in me right now, but I can guarantee I will drink more as soon as I can.

The same goes for running and writing, maybe you can’t do what you want to do today. You have no control, something’s are nearly impossible, but that doesn’t mean they will never be possible.

Patience is key. Wait it out, look for opportunities and soon you will get that much needed next cup of coffee.



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Kick Start your Writing–Pay Yourself First

One of the oldest rules of personal finance is the simple idea of–pay yourself first.

All the advisers tell you to do it. All the personal finance papers say it. They tell us to put money in our own personal savings before we pay our bills, buy our groceries or do anything else with our money.

When it comes to writing, we are talking about time, not money. But, just like in the financial world, this can be hard to do. Our time could be used in some many other places.

Why do it?

In the world of writing this principle can be the difference between failure and success. If you are new to the writing scene, it may seem like an impossible task, that is finding the time. The reason being that we have the tendency to find the time by using what’s left at the end of the day. And this is not much. The thing you plan on doing at the end of the day–writing–suffers. Your sleeping or zoned out in front of the media magnet before your pen hits the paper.

This is why if you want to write, you need to pay yourself first.

How to do it?

In the world of finance to successfully pay yourself first, the advice is to make this payment automatic and invisible.

To make your writing automatic, try this for one week. Wake up in the morning, start the coffee and sit down with paper and pencil, then write. After a week hopefully this becomes automatic. You will be paying yourself first.

To make paying yourself first invisible, try waking up 15 or 20 minutes early. Normally, you be would unconscious at this time, so by using it to write, it is invisible. Extra time.

One of the tricks is start small, 5 or 15 minutes. Read a  writing prompt.This time is in a sense invisible, it will not affect the rest of your life detrimentally. But, it will help kick start your writing.

So try it out. Tomorrow, pay yourself first. Get up 15 minutes early and write.


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