The compromise of your ideals is a result of pressure.

“Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work.” Thomas Aquinas
Pressure is a bad thing, and a good thing. It all depends on what you do with it and when it happens. With the release date of my debut novel closing in, pressure is building.
Last night it got to the point my blood pressure was elevated to the point of my being threatened with a trip to the hospital. So I shut everything down and let my mind drift.
Here’s the funny part; my mind drifted to writing. I began writing, in my mind, a companion piece for the debut novel. You see, I love to write and create. The problem is loving your work too much.
I am proud of what I’ve written. I’ve created characters people are enjoying as they beta read. So far everyone has loved it, even those who normally are not Historical Adventure readers or Pirate readers. Although my book is not exactly the normal pirate read.
After a little time, my blood pressure went down a little. Pressure can push you to create, but it can also bring about an end to creation. I’ve taken a step back from my pressure so I can focus on the key moments I need to be able to perform. Pressure can make you miss things.
I’ve learned over the past couple of years how to shut down when those pressure moments get bad. I think its helped me get this far and I suppose I’ll keep at it.
Ronovan Hester Quote about Pressure
“The compromise of your ideals is a result of pressure. The more experience one has with pressure, the harder their resolve becomes to resist that pressure.” Ronovan Hester

“There’s strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.” Stephen Covey

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Ronovan Hester is an author, with a debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in February 14, 2016. He shares his life on his blog His love of writing, authors and community through his online world has led to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, Weekly Fiction Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as

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10 thoughts on “The compromise of your ideals is a result of pressure.

  1. It has been proven ( I posted the article on my Facebook page ) that gratitude lowers the blood pressure! Seriously, a terrific way to handle things without having to go to the hospital, or employ the usage of medications (both yucky). Hang in there, you have a great book and you will rock the reader’s worlds, over and over again! Happy 2016, dude!

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    • I’m with Annette here, I also read that article she talks about. Perhaps a gratitude journal or start joining in the 10 Things of Thankful hop each week? Anyhow hang in there Ron. I still want to read many of your novels – especially “Letters” as a completed work. You truly are a very skilled writer.

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  2. Ronovan, you should do the gratitude journal. It really helps me relax and keep things in perspective. I know what you mean about wanting to work too much! Breathe, the hard work is done. Soon you will be able to start on the next novel. Just breathe in between. Everyone needs a vacation and some down time. ❤

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  3. Ronovan, I’m thinking many can relate to what you’ve written, and this is testimony to the fact that you’re “following your bliss” in life, so to speak. I think this is typical of what happens when one is clearly on the right life path. And I want to share something I heard the author, Pat Conroy, say while telling a story about touring Italy. He, very casually, said that the entire time he walked around visiting historic places, he was “writing in his mind.” When I heard this line from Conroy, who is my favorite author of all times, I took a sigh of relief and said to myself, “Thank God somebody else admits to walking through life this way!” Made me feel less an anomaly, and now here you are basically saying the same thing!

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