As an entrepreneur my ability to believe is key. If I don’t believe in the project on a deepfelt personal level, I don’t sign up for it. Projects are not just about the business opportunity itself. It’s about using a business opportunity to change the world.
To do that believing is key. Life depends on it. When people say they don’t believe in anything, they are either lying or deflecting the unpleasant truth that going through life without believing is impossible.
We have to believe in order to take the next step in life. The question is not if we believe or not. The question is if we are convinced or not. If we are not convinced, we don’t believe. It’s that simple.
Convinced or not
The church has told us to believe first, and be convinced secondly, but spiritual practice was never about that — not even in the original church. It was about gaining experience and gradually mature to a level where we began to believe.
Even God had to convince Moses he existed before he could get him to lead the Jews out of Egypt. Even Jesus had to convince his followers that he was a true master before they started following him.
Believing to learn
When I sign up for a project as an entrepreneur I sign up to learn. To gain experience. I have an initial belief of how the project could change the world, but I’m not fully convinced yet. I have to put in the work — the daily practice — to gradually be more and more convinced about the difference it makes.
True spirituality works that way, entrepreneurship works that way, and life works that way. We have to believe in the deeper meaning of what we do. If we don’t, we dilute our souls to mindless energy bundles without purpose.
To make a difference in life is to believe in something and gradually see that it’s the right path to take. If it is, life will reward us. If it isn’t, life will lead us somewhere else. Life tends to be funny that way.
In writing there is a saying that you have to let the blood dry before you rewrite. Meaning that your text needs to rest before you return to it. At least for a week. Usually more, but not too long. You want to make distance to your creation and come back to it with fresh eyes that have been somewhere else in the meantime. On the other hand you don’t want to make too much distance to it. Who knows, you might loose it…?
It’s difficult, though, to let it rest if you are absorbed by it. It takes time to understand that it’s a natural part of the writer’s craft. A crucial part. It gives your text depth. Filters out your “darlings” that are always part of a first draft. You love them as you write, and hate them when you rewrite. They have to go, it’s as simple as that, but you can’t see it until the blood has dried.
Like good wine
It’s just like good wine. Once the grapes are pressed it needs rest to transform itself into wine worth drinking. A piece of text is the same. It has a ripening period, and you rarely know in advance how long it is. So you check in with your text about once a week or os. Sometimes once a month to get a taste of your words and phrases. Do they need an extra rewrite, or are they ripe enough to be published? If your text was a wine would you open it?
It takes experience as a writer to assess the right amount of ripening. It’s something you have to practice over and over again, and it never actually stops. It keeps going, but you get so good at it eventually that it becomes the true magic of your writing. The stuff under the surface.
It’s key to good writing, but it’s a key we seem to have lost. In today’s world of non-stop writing, we have simply lost our connection with the natural ripening process of writing. As a result, we are diluting the quality of our writing, and it might affect us more than we are ware of.
Ultimately writing is understanding and sharing that understanding with each other through publishing. We would have a deeper understanding of life and each other, if we allowed the blood to dry before we publish — no matter where.