Blog 850… the goal is in sight!
For those of you playing along, I check in every 50 posts to take a wide-angle balcony look at my learning and progress with my goal of writing 1,000 blogs. I took Seth Godin’s challenge from this blog post and am grateful I did. I agree with him, the first 1,000 are the most difficult.
In fact, I took this challenge because though I’m an author, I don’t always enjoy writing – especially every day. The discipline has been worthwhile and in fact I did it because I knew it would be difficult.
Someone came up to me at a conference recently and told me they read the blog every day. He shared how much that meant to him and asked me what I had learned while writing daily. I told him I was aware if I did this, I would prove to myself I could do anything consistently as it wasn’t a love when I began.
I also was able to let him know I recapped every 50 blogs so I wouldn’t lose the lessons along the way with revisionist memory. When I do my next two reviews, I’ll do so while reviewing all my lessons prior. Thanks for playing along, I appreciate knowing you’re out there with me!
What I’m learning:
- People are reading this, and they tell me – I didn’t realize how many people or appreciate how much it mattered. Thanks for letting me know to everyone who’s done so. It’s motivating for me to know you’re with me.
- I’ve transformed my relationship with writing in a positive way. I have it, it doesn’t have me anymore.
- I’ve found the cadence and time of day it works best for me. Habits form when you learn over time and adjust the practice and don’t abandon the goal.
- It’s easier to write when I’m learning from others as well – conferences, books, and deep dialogue.
- My business is transforming along with my writing, both are evolving, getting simpler, and more focused.
- Writing and journaling allow me to see my thoughts on paper. It’s easier to make effective change when I can see what I’m thinking.
- Praise motivates while criticism stagnates. That’s true for everyone (including me).
- Discipline is a superpower.
- The goal seems completely within reach right now.
- Growth requires movement and friction. It’s not easy and it hurts at times, but that’s where the learning is.