I am mentally preparing to start the National Novel Writing Month challenge in November. That is 50,000 words in a month. It seems like an insurmountable amount of work, but I have nothing but time. However, what is really taxing is the commitment to sitting down and writing 50 thousand words. I have no shortage of ideas, I already have the story in my head. It is writing the story, and finding the words to paint an adequate picture that is troubling.

Personally, I love the idea of commitment. To serve a purpose greater than oneself, there is no greater calling. It was this ideal that attracted me to the Army. The concept of standing in the gap in service to my fellow citizens was a powerful motivator for me. Focus, is another key ingredient to longevity. Long after the new has worn off, commitment and focus keep us on track. There will always be days when you want nothing to do with your chosen task, but it is commitment that keeps us loyal. It is focus that provides us with the initiative to keep pushing forward when we are tired of trying.

In the end, life is meaningless without commitment. Life is a shallow exercise in futility without focus. These two ingredients combine for a powerful tool that will help each of us reach success in our chosen field.

Take care.


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