I recently made a commitment to myself to start blogging every day in 2018.
Maybe you are thinking: “Alright... we'll see how long that lasts.”
It seems like people are declaring their “commitment" to start doing something "every day” all over the place…. especially this time of year. Human beings are long on declarations, and short on follow through.
Being human, I can relate. I have wanted to make this blogging commitment for a few years. It's something I knew I should do. And deep inside of myself, I wanted to do it. But I wanted to be absolutely sure I was prepared to do whatever was necessary to follow through.
Writing has often been very difficult for me in the past.
But now, I am ready. I am going to start blogging every day next year.
Did you see that? Next year. Even in my commitment to start blogging every day, there was a bit of procrastination.
Now, that’s a powerful statement of intention right there! Sounds like an unstoppable creative force of nature is about to be unleashed upon the world, eh?
So, here I am. Writing TODAY and publishing TODAY. Getting an 18 day head start. But as soon as I sat down to actual do the work, I was faced with the daunting question:
"What on Earth will you write about for the next 365 days?”
You see, I have been in a bit of a writing coma. I have only written a handful of articles in the past five years… and I had a lot of help with those. All I need is just a little juice to get things going again. Just get the keys clicking and the words flowing.
But, wait... this will be my official, public comeback. I can't just write about anything.
I need a brilliant, original idea.
I need something really “great.”
Because some other human being might actually read it. And I need to make sure they think I am brilliant, original and great.
You see that? There it is. That sneaky beast lurking in the shadows that actually runs my life: my need to look good, smart, and be accepted by people.
It’s also the obstacle that had been standing in the way of my writing for the past 5 years. But it's great. Since I can see that beast, it I can work with it. I can sidestep it.
So, I decided that just needed to write content for me. Who cares if anyone else reads it or finds it valuable. And to take it a step further, and make it even less about people thinking I was smart, funny and interesting, I would begin by writing about something great that someone else had written. I would begin by blogging about the piece of writing I encountered in 2017 that had the greatest, tangible impact on my life. And I will just write about that until I am done. And then I'll figure out what to write about after that.
But first a question: What’s the most powerful thing you have read in the past year?
It could be a book, and article, a blog post.
Is there a piece of writing that you didn’t just go through, but it went through you? I’d love to hear about it. Because that’s how I find out about all of the life changing things come into my life.
I know my answer. The most powerful piece of writing I encountered in 2017 was this article: Integrity: Without It Nothing Works.
And that’s what I am going to start writing about… tomorrow.