The below excerpt is from one of my favorite books on writing. It’s written by Stephen King, perceptively named, On Writing.
Plus… oh, to hell with it. If you can remember all the accessories that go with your best outfit, the contents of your purse, the starting lineup of the New York Yankees or the Houston Oilers, or what label “Hang on Snoopy” by the McCoys was on, you are capable of remembering the difference in a gerund and a participle.
Did you catch what’s going on? King is trying to be supportive to you, the reader. He’s saying you can do it, he understands your fear and anxiety. He’s understanding and encouraging.
To a point.
After that he essentially says, get off your rump.
Love it. Because both encouragement and reality are necessary. Because when it comes to changing your world, outside forces can only take you so far. Autonomy is the essential ingredient. At some point, you just have to do it. Can’t believe I accidentally invoked the swoosh, but still.
Have you noticed the weight loss products today? They all but guarantee success. They use science, history, psychology, math. They’re nearly foolproof. And still people fail in their desire to lose weight. Why? Because again, at some point it’s up to you.
Dreams are honed into achievable goals. If you have achievable goals, trust me, you can fulfill them. But then don’t trust me. Just fulfill them. Trust yourself.
I’ll be there next to you, trying to change my world as well.