I have started 2021 with a strong drive to create for myself and be around for others.
As an accomplishment, albeit quite a simple one, I have successfully coded and launched my blog. This very own platform allows me to write and publish my thoughts without friction. The friction of a complex publishing system coupled with an “imaginary ideal audience” meant that I would never write anything at all. Months of planning without taking action meant that this project lived in my mind, rent-free, for a very long time.
I have realised that showing up is all that matters. Showing up for a meeting, for work, for lunch and even showing up for writing in a consistent manner is all that matters.
Making sure that the right audience (or that any audience) would read these articles is not my concern. All I care is that I write consistently and that I show up for this. Every single day.
I have recently come to appreciate this quote by Seth Godin:
Well, there are lots of things I do every day, most people do, breakfast, brushing my teeth. The question is how do we set up a streak so that it helps us go to bed knowing that tomorrow we’re going to do something that’s a contribution. And some streaks like running are good for your health until they’re not because then your knees blow out. But what I have found is that committing to showing up every day with something that might shine a light for somebody is a really good habit to have. And I’ve said before that, even if no one read my blog, I would still write it.
Seth inspired me to start a personal challenge. I am announcing it publicly to make you, my friend, an accountability partner!
For the next 100 days, I will be writing and publishing a piece of content on this blog or to my newsletter Friday Letters. If I break the streak I will be donating £5 to a local charity of my choice for every single day I don't write. A receipt will be posted here or Twitter as proof.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says in her wonderful TED talk, Your Elusive Creative Genius:
the genie only comes to you once you show up every day.
When I’m just writing to myself (and publishing it publicly) it doesn’t feel like I am wasting time. When I’m writing content that is supposed to be valuable to others, I feel like I am wasting time (because I have a business that I could be spending time on and making more money).
So, I would like to get back into daily writing. Just me and my thoughts. It’s not for anyone else but me, but I think good things will come of it.