Fortitudethe strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency / resolute endurance / grit, backbone, pluck, guts

Over the years, I’ve learned that I can be incredibly motivated, but apparently only in short bursts. It’s like that slow twitch versus fast twitch thing about muscles. I have the type of motivation that comes in quick little bursts and lasts for a day or two or sometimes even a week or so. But then I get distracted by something new or different, and my attention and motivation go off in a completely new direction.

What seems to be a newer trend for me, though perhaps it’s something I’ve been doing for years, is the New Year, New Me motivation. I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution type of person, but like many people, I find that the new year is a time to evaluate who I am, where I am, what I am doing, and how I am living. This is the second winter in a row when I have been all motivated to discover my life’s purpose and challenge myself to do all sorts of self-discovery.

Last year I took part in a writing therapy group that I found super helpful. As a result, I joined a local writer’s guild and even went to a meeting. Then we started traveling and work got crazy and I totally let it all slide. Of course, I’m still a dues-paying member of that guild.

At the end of the year it was Live Your Legend that got me all amped up and excited. I did the blog writing challenge and enjoyed it. But then the holidays came along and work got crazy and I again totally let it all slide.

And, here it is … February. The time for resolutions or motivations or intentions to fade away, in typical resolution fashion. But my word this year is fortitude.  So it’s time to stick with this motivation and keep it moving on throughout the year. Continue reading