We all have slumps and I'm having one. Life fell out of orbit a few days ago. I stopped writing daily because I didn't know what to write next. I hit a wall and rather than pull out the sledgehammer and start swinging I walked away.
I started sleeping longer, eating more than I should, skipping the gym, and generally fell apart. Why? I figured it out while golfing yesterday.
Golf has a huge mental component to it. I'm still new to the game and am trying to break 100 this year. I was playing well yesterday and then my game went south. I decided I wasn't breaking 100 today and gave up trying thinking that would help me relax. Did my game improve? Nope. It got worse. I still needed to finish so I pressed forward.
After a couple more bad holes my game improved for no reason I could figure out. The last hole is a par 5 and I am at 95. I'm not good enough to ace a hole and get under 100, so that's not how this story ends. I got 101, but that's the closest I've ever come to my goal.
I didn't need to take a break and rest or let my mind clear - I needed to keep playing. I start my writing ritual of 1000 words a day again today and NO MORE BREAKS until I finish.