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December 19, 2011 / joelmalm

How To Accomplish Nearly Anything

Last Thursday I finished a novel I’ve been working on for nine months.  It was quite a relief.

Is the writing good?  I’m sure it could be better.

Is the story exciting?  I think so, but others get to decide that.

Will it sell a million copies?  I doubt it, but…

Here’s the greatest lesson I learned doing it: It’s amazing what you can get done if you do the work.

If you would have asked me to write 65,000 words that made a story just three years ago I would have laughed.  I’m not that disciplined.  But then I discovered a secret by a guy named Steven Pressfield.

The writer is an infantryman.  He knows that progress is measured in yards of dirt extracted from the enemy one day, one hour, one minutes at a time and paid for in blood.

That’s pretty much the truth about doing anything of value.  The secret to winning in life is to get up every day and move forward – no matter how little it may be.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished pushing forward a little bit at a time.  Rick Warren once said (paraphrased), “Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in five years.”

You can eat an entire elephant if you do it one bite at a time.  Get started on whatever it is that’s burning in your soul.  If it brings God glory he probably put that there.  But you have to actually start and then get up every morning determined to kick some tail!



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  1. intomind / Dec 19 2011 9:15 am

    so true! congrats on your novel!

  2. worship2012 / Jan 6 2012 10:55 pm


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