Tuesday, April 29, 2008

From Ideas to Action

Today I'd like to pass along some tips from my Martial Arts instructor. These are wonderful nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to almost anything in life, whatever you're striving toward. These are from Barry Van Over of MASuccess magazine

From Ideas to Action-
Getting things done requires two critical components: Energy and Focus. Here are keys that form the basis of willpower, intention, and successful action-taking:

  • Form your intentions. To work, your goal must appeal to you emotionally and be something you can define concretely enough so you can clearly visualize its success.
  • Commit to your intentions. Once you decide to do something, you do it. Once you set a goal, it gets accomplished. This is key.
  • Protect your intentions. You must protect your commitment from negative forces both internally and externally. Avoid all the negative thoughts and habits that have held you back for so long.

The only things in life that get done are those that you genuinely believe in.

I looked at these and couldn't help thinking how they apply to writing. Energy and focus can be difficult to come by sometimes, so it's important we take care of ourselves. Eat right, exercise (I can't believe I just said that), even if it's something as simple as a short walk or stretching your muscles. And by all means, get enough sleep. More and more research shows that lack of sleep affects our bodies in adverse ways. You NEED 6-8 hours of sleep each night.

Forming our intentions is like coming up with an idea for a story. Perhaps that hook sentence. Maybe it's a synopsis. Something that helps us visualize where we're going.

Commit to your intentions. You're gonna get that story on paper even if it kills you. It gnaws at you, begging to be fleshed out.

Protect your intentions. We've all had to deal with the nay sayers. And sometimes, the worst nay sayer is ourselves. Don't let the enemy hold you back with his lies. If God has called you to writing, He will equip you. You have to believe that.

Expect the best from yourself. Equip yourself from the inside out, then go get 'em :-)


  1. So you do martial arts??!! How fun! I took some lessons in karate in college. I loved it.

    Great post, and so true.

    Missy--who's feeling very convicted about my lack of sleep (an average of about 4-5 hours per nightk, on a good night).

  2. Missy,

    Read the part about sleep.

    Thanks for the post Mindy.

  3. Missy,

    Read the part about sleep.

    Thanks for the post Mindy.