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Keep Showing Up

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words.

Watch your words, they become your actions.

Watch your actions, they become your habits.

Watch your habits, they become your character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

I’m not sure where I originally heard this and when I looked it up, it looks like even the internet doesn’t agree on the origin. So, if someone knows who actually said this quote, let me know and I’ll credit the person.

Anyway, I had this hanging on my wall all through college. I needed the reminder during finals or when I was struggling through an essay that my attitude really mattered in those moments.

Recently the quote came up in conversation and realized I needed the reminder.

It’s still as useful now as when I was striving for my degree! I’m in the middle of editing Hidden Mythics II and I’ve hit that point where I’m muddling through the middle. The struggle’s real!  Doubts start creeping in. Can I shape the book into a cohesive whole? Am I a decent writer, because this requires a lot of fixing?! Why is this being so mind-numbing?

Such doubts, I think, are normal. But as the quote above reminds me, I don’t have to dwell on those doubts. It’s a daily choice, especially right now. But I’ve been here before and the process is worth it. I’ll keep showing up each morning 🙂

Watch your thoughts…

It all flows from there.



P.S. I received the first round of edits from the professional editor this week for Zap Dragon. I’m cranking through those and will return to HM II edits as soon as I send Zap back for its second round of professional edits. That’ll hopefully be within a week 🙂 Progress is happening! OH! And I also received all of the illustrations for Zap. So formatting will follow soon.

8 thoughts on “Keep Showing Up”

  1. Love this! I needed this reminder too, as I’m also in the middle of editing a messy manuscript. 😅 Thanks for the words of encouragement! Hope your editing gets easier! 🙂

    1. Good luck with your editing! I know how hard it can be to keep at it when the manuscript feels like it’s going a dozen different directions 🙂 I’m excited to see how your manuscript turns out. I know the editing has been slower than you’d wanted.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love the quote, simple and practical. It’s also relieving to see I’m not the only one currently in the thick of revisions and doubts 😅 But I believe we’ll get through it🙂

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