Why I’m not giving up now

by Kate on October 7, 2012

Persevering, whatever the weather!

Today is Day 14 of my Project 365 and it would probably be a good idea to give up on it and even so I am committed to continuing. This post is a bit reflective, as I take a breather and think about the next bit of the journey.

I had an idea my writing project would be a voyage of discovery, and it’s certainly turned out that way.

So far, I have hit my target of producing the posts, which is very satisfying and a good start, but it turns out it’s harder than I anticipated to pop out a blog post a day. It would be a good idea to give up, because to continue means making some changes, and change isn’t easy. Giving up (by which I mean not completing today’s post), would be easy. Were it not for my public commitment I might have done so.

The need for change has become clear as I’ve noticed the objections that showed up as I began to consider what would be needed in order to keep up the practice for the remaining 351 days. I was particularly caught up in the excuse that skipping one day wouldn’t matter that much.

It wasn’t too hard to justify missing a day: the week has been very full, I couldn’t come up with anything to write about (?!), other priorities for the day, I deserve a ‘day off’. On top of that was questioning whether I am actually adding any value. Is this simply a vanity? Is it really helping my business? You get the idea!

What’s interesting is most of these reasons to stop and justifications for procrastination arise from being challenged to write and the size of the commitment. Seeing them in black and white, they  now seem to be things to think through and address as part of the journey and as a way to get better. It makes them seem less scary!

Looking ahead, there are three things to do which I think will help with the next stage:

  1. Create a structure for what I am writing. Yes, I know this is what the experts say, but in my case getting started is the best first step, and adjust from there. Having seen something of the road ahead, now is the time for more planning so the journey can continue.
  2. Create time for reflection and personal development. The aim here is to improve what I do, rather than simply churn out stuff. As a general life thing, I do better when I have a bit more breathing space.
  3. Adjust my focus. This is about responding to the importance of putting writing time into Smart Franchise and other work I’m with Peter. As Steve Jobs said:

You’ve got to find what you love … as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.

…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

What this means in practice is allocating posts between here and other places. I’m excited about the focus this will bring and the opportunity to use posts here at Starfish to explore what happens on the journey to achieve a goal.

One of the lessons from this exercise is there’s nothing wrong with discovering an obstacle on the way to a destination. What matters is what you do when you recognise it.

Today’s challenges mean this post is late (it should be a Saturday post, but it’s now 12.30am on Sunday). I’m happy it got done. Taking things one step at a time I believe I’ll reach the destination, and enjoy the journey.


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1 Pete October 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

Keep going Kate..!


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