Having a mission in life gives you motivation, fire, and grit. It means you’re in the trenches day in and day out.
Getting back in the trenches after peacetime feels great. After a period of comfort you suddenly get hit with misery. Then you ask yourself, “What do I do?”
You can either choose to bury yourself in busyness or bury yourself in nothingness. For most people, they choose the 2nd option.
The trenches are the first option.
You can choose to embrace the suck alone or embrace the suck striving for your vision of the future.
Which is what I do everyday.
I wake up and start writing. I go to work and I’m writing when I’m not supposed to. When I’m on my lunch break I stuff down a quick meal and head to the gym.
I’ll write down an idea or two during a lifting session. After work I’ll go to the gym again, and I’ll usually have another idea. Then I’ll go home and start writing some more.
Sometimes I can’t sleep because I’m dying to write and create something. It didn’t used to be this way. I used to just write down idea after idea and never execute.
To get to this level or productivity I had to go through misery and all I’m doing is getting back in the trenches, channeling that energy, and grinding out word after word.
I had to burn a lot of bridges to get to this level of writing. I don’t go out much and and I cut out a lot of friends.
Getting back in the trenches mean you’re going to have days where you can’t push the line forward. There will be setback after setback. But you’re in the trench and you have to keep moving.
The trenches are not pretty. At the same time they are necessary.