This article talked about the rigorous process with which West Point cadets are subjected to both to get into the school and during their freshman year. It stated that one in five students drop out before graduation day. To say that attending that school is tough would be an understatement.
But isn’t life tough? Maybe not in such a concentrated, short amount of time, but it is tough. And all we have to do is look around to see who has ‘dropped out’ of life. I’m sure you’re picturing someone right now because we all know someone who is just going through the motions. Who, for all intents and purposes, is just waiting to die.
I certainly don’t want that to be me. I clicked on the article because I like to think I am mentally strong. But I can always be stronger, because I still feel the pull to quit when things become too hard or I don’t get my way or something doesn’t come easily to me.
One thing I like about Bradberry’s work is that he stresses that all of these habits or characteristics are learned behavior and it’s never to late to learn or keep growing.
For instance, from this article he states:
‘Developing mental strength is all about habitually doing the things that no one else is willing to do. If you aren’t doing the following things on a regular basis, you should be, for these are the habits that mentally strong people rely on.’
It certainly doesn’t sound like fun, but it does make all the difference. It is why I am finishing up my third novel, Reconiciliation – Book 3 Fallacy Trilogy, which will be released later this month. It is why this blog was started almost two years ago and I have continued to post three times a week without fail. It is why I have other seemingly impossible goals set for myself with the confidence that I will reach them.
Please don’t think I’m bragging. I’m not. There’s nothing particularly special about me. If I can do what I’ve done then so can anyone else who has a mind to.
Or whatever their heart desires. I’m not saying everyone can or would even want to be a writer. I’m beginning to understand it takes a special kind of crazy to sit down in front of a blank computer screen and want to build another world.
But I know there are other people out there who share my craziness. I know there are people out there who had the people closest to them react negatively when told about their hopes and dreams of being an author. I know there are people out there who had to develop mental strength to put just one more word down.
This article is for you. This article will validate all of the struggle and let you know that you’ve got this. No matter how long it takes, you’ve got this. And so do I.