The Value of a Challenge

Sometimes it takes a challenge to motivate me. For many months I have only written when I absolutely have to. That means that the night before a poetry workshop with the Cheltenham Poetry Society, I have to sit down and write a poem. My novel writing has been much the same simply because I had been so busy that I got out of the habit of writing regularly.

I realised how far I’d fallen, so to speak, when we had a Poetry Society Away Day. I was waiting for a call that day from an accident repair centre because I had been involved in an accident and badly damaged the bonnet. Waiting for the call disturbed my concentration and I found it hard to focus. It reminded me that I needed to allocate time specifically for writing. I enjoy it when I do.

This week, Sharon Larkin, the Chairman of Cheltenham Poetry Society, nominated me for a facebook challenge to write a poem a day. The poems I have written so far are not well polished but I have made a start. Sometimes we need a challenge to get us motivated.

Admitted, it has mostly been pretty late in the day when I have posted my poems, but for 3 of the 4 days I’ve written poems I’ve been working in the daytime.

Whatever it is that you like to do, music, art, writing – set yourself a challenge and make every effort to meet it.

In the words of Ralph Marston, on the website, The Daily Motivator,

Challenge is an excellent tool for keeping you focused on the things that really matter to you.

Let me know in the comments below what challenges you have accepted recently.