Ok, I am sure my titles are getting more pretentious!
The fact is though that a commitment like the one I have made to write a blog post for 31 days in a row is hard.
If I am honest almost every commitment I have made is hard – and that is why many times in the past I have failed at them…
Of course sometimes I have succeeded… and I am not sure if it is because I am getting older or whether it is because I have a better sense of my life’s passion, or whether it is something else entirely but I am finding my commitments are getting easier. If pushed I would say it is because I am getting fitter… and that improved physical well-being and not smoking just gives me much more energy and drive.
Today I was struggling really with what to write about…
And I remembered some advice I received which is that if you don’t know what to write about just write one sentence… and then who knows where this will take you.
So that is what I did – I started writing and carried on and now here I am and we are 201 words in and 11 sentences so far… and now I am in a bit of a flow and will be able to write more…
It struck me that this is really exceptional advice for any aspect of life that you might be struggling in.
Whether it is:
- Losing weight – start with one less can of coke – or start with running for a minute
- Writing the great World novel – start with writing just one sentence
- Building a house – start with one brick
- Dental hygiene – BJ Fogg’s great example of flossing one tooth at a time.
- Insert your favourite example here…
You cure it by just starting…
As my buddy Brandon likes to say:
Whatever you’re putting off, just start
Because the struggle isn’t going anywhere
What are you struggling with? What could you start today?
Let me know in the comments and also for a bonus prize let me know what you are going to do to just start.
And if you are truly stuck for ideas you can do what I did when I first started trying to write and that was to join a challenge on what is now called Coach.me where they have a group called Write 500 Words Every Day. In there so far four writing coaches have run these 30 day challenges with a prompt for each day…
I have summarised the four coaches prompts below – to get more details you would need to look at Lift – It’s a nice challenge to do.
And the coaches so far have been:
- Cecily Kellogg is a writer and blogger and you can find out more about her at her website: http://www.cecilyk.com/
- Dane Sanders hosts the Converge, the Business of Creativity Podcast and also runs WeaveWriter, a writing challenge – with more great prompts.
- Jeff Goins is a writer and a speaker. You can find out more about him at http://goinswriter.com/about-me/
- Paul Jun is another writer and blogs at www.motivatedmastery.com
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