Starting Over (or not stopping in the first place)

I’m starting over with my blogging practice.

Yes, it’s been some time since I’ve written (eight months!) And the longer I waited, the harder it became to start over. The interference got louder and louder. The Resistance (as Stephen Pressfield calls it in his book The War of Art) was fully in charge. I had let it take hold.

I’m pondering that sometimes the secret to success is not in starting something — rather it lies in not stopping something once you have got it underway in the first place. I didn’t even realise I had stopped blogging. I certainly wasn’t paying attention to how much time was passing since I last inhabited the blogosphere. And it wasn’t for lack of thoughts or ideas. At least once a day I would read something, have a conversation with a client or be prompted by an issue online or even on television that would trigger the thought: “I could write a blog on that”.

Of course, to generate a blog post, I actually have to write. To sit down at the keyboard and put words on the screen. I’m remembering how I love the open page available to me on WordPress. There is something about that space that I find creative and inviting. I love seeing the typed words transferring from the dashboard to the public pages of my website and looking all professional, worthy and wise.

So what got in the way?

Nothing other than that I stopped.

I was not writing.

And the Resistance showed up in this quiet voice that said I had to find a smart, clever, elegant way to restart my posts. I needed to have an excuse to justify my absence. I had to hit the ground running again with something big and important enough to post on my site.

Well, this is it.

My writing coach — yes never underestimate the power of working with a coach to get things moving in your life and your work — said recently that you only have to be yourself in order to write — and that as soon as you put words on the page, you are a writer.

So here I am. I am a writer. This is the first of my new series of blog posts. I don’t yet know what shape those posts will take. I don’t know what my messages will be. I didn’t come up with a clever, smart, impactful idea to surprise my readers that I’m back.

All I did was show up, write and press post.

The only smart thing I’ve done here is speak my truth.

I’m here!

I’m starting over and excited to see where it takes me.

p.s. what might you have inadvertently stopped doing? Are you creating a big story about what it will take to get started again? Or might you simply start?  

It took me no more than 20 minutes to write this blog post! I waited eight months to create 20 minutes of writing. Crazy or what! 

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Aileen Gibb
My work has taken me around the globe and to conversations with people from many different nationalities, cultures and organisations. Wherever I've gone, the power of real conversation, founded on intentional listening and enlightened questioning, has been welcomed. It’s a core piece of our humanity to create the space for conversations that matter and to build connection and meaning with members of our family, our business and our communities.