I don’t want to write what I’m about to.
Sitting here (in my housecoat) blinking blearily at the curving laptop screen that forms the hub of my universe, I know what I have to say — because I promised that I would tell the truth as I share my journey toward writer’s life success.
What I really want to do is crawl back into bed, pull the covers over my head, and pretend that the last couple of weeks haven’t happened and that I can reclaim several weeks for success.
What I Don’t Want to Say
Thanks to the amazingly uncomfortable powers of human memory, I knew that this week needed to include my regularly scheduled report on how my 21-day challenges are progressing. And I also knew that it was going to be embarrassing.
As usual I had two 21-day S.M.A.R.T. goals, one for my Money-Making Website and one for my copywriting business.
- The MMW goal was to create client-management systems — so that I’d have a structure in place to handle the business I hope to soon be generating.
- And my copywriting goal was to write 21 pieces of raw content for self-marketing purposes.
REPORT: It’s been a near-total failure in terms of achieving these clearly defined goals.
Following that unpleasant realization, the question I’m asking myself is Why did it happen?
As it turns out, a story from my mother’s younger years is relevant to understanding my delays.
A Mostly Good Idea
Before she left to marry an Arizona rancher, my mom was a proud native of Northern Alberta. And many of her best Canada stories are about road trips made on mountainous highways in violent blizzards… with a near-death experience or two thrown in for good measure.
Her favorites involve a torturous, no-guardrails-on-a-thousand-foot-drop, two-lane mountain road through the Rocky Mountains’ Fraser Canyon.
But sometime before my mom moved south, Canada completed the Trans-5 (their version of an interstate), with a stretch called the Coquihalla Highway. The Coquihalla, pronounced Coke-ah-haul-ah, had two purposes:
- To give traffic, especially 18-wheelers, a much safer alternative to the Fraser Canyon pass.
- To give Canadians an excuse to say the most fun word ever.
You won’t find this story on the Coquihalla Wikipedia page — but the insider truth is that for the first year the Coquihalla saw an insane amount of traffic as all of Canada openly embraced the safer traffic alternative. And then — in one of the weirdest traffic anomalies of all time — truckers deserted the Coquihalla and returned to Fraser Canyon.
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