Dadgummit, I’m Going To Do It This Time … Really. (Wonder how many first time bloggers start like that? I think I’ll leave it so I can look back on it and say, “Wow, that was embarrassing!”).
It’s not the first time I’ve considered this. I’ve followed a couple of 30 day challenges. Followed. But this time something’s different.
I’ve Actually Written Something
Yup. Letters. Words. That’s different. Even if it is for my eyes only. Not that I don’t plan on sharing this. Two paragraphs in, I’m pretty stoked. Yah.
It’s just that it’s the dreaded blog beginning. Ya know, as in who cares? If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to hear … somethin’ like that.
So, just like anything, one needs to be internally motivated or change ain’t gonna stick. But I’ve avoided this for a while now. Why?
What’s Up With The Avoidance?
What’s really behind it?
Bet you saw that coming. But what specifically makes me avoid it?
- What people think? Yeah, that’s been there, like, forever.
- Not being able to maintain posting consistently? Yeah, that’s still there. And related to that,
- Coming up with interesting topics? Sure. Then it gets deeper,
- What if I work at it and write and share and spill and reveal and … nothing … happens? And, of course,
- Do I know enough? Do you know how many pdf e-books I have on my computer desktop? No you don’t and neither do I. I keep having to increase my screen resolution just to fit them all on my desktop!
I regularly receive an email newsletter from James Clear, Passive Panda. In his most recently one titled Pick a System and Stick With It he wrote the following:
“Are people that produce and create scared to start? Sure they are. They know that they don’t have all of the answers – but they produce anyway.
No matter how much you read, there are always two options:
Option 1: Read more to learn what you don’t know.
Option 2: Implement what you already know.
The answer is always Option 2.”
I responded with some random thoughts and he replied. Yup … in about 7 minutes. Amazing. He said something really simple.
When you blend curiosity and fear of failure together – you rarely get any action.
Whoa. Hit me this time. And is totally worthy of placing it as a little pull quote. So, when the internal drive is strong enough to move in spite of the fear, action happens.
30 Day Challenge
So that put me over the edge. That’s it.
I’m doing it this time.