I’ll say this for Gay Hendricks – he wants to make sure you’re committed to this process. Not a little bit committed, but committed. Capital-C Committed.

Today’s practice is to take another moment to commit to living – and writing – consciously. He frames today’s lesson as embracing your younger self. In Hendricks’ case, this meant embracing his chubby, neglected, unloved self, and promising to heal the damaging ideas holding him back.

Hopefully, you’re younger self doesn’t feel so unloved.

Today, make a commitment to giving your creative self what you needed but didn’t get when you were younger. Did you need pep talks or encouragement? Mentoring? Community? Visualize your younger self as a new writer and make a promise to help them find what they need. Commit to being the friend you needed back then.