We’re just getting warmed up.
If the first 100 were like the first few miles of a marathon, the next 100 were like the middle miles: just cruising, knowing we’ve got a long haul, but just one foot in front of the other, just me, the pavement–and my shoes.
The difference now is that I see no reason to stop. The difference, compared to running, is that I don’t have to. The difference, compared to running, is that I love writing. Why should I stop?
- I’m cruising.
- I’m having fun.
- I’m in (writing) shape. In fact, I feel like I could get in any shape–just keep at it. I know the secret.
- I’m getting in better shape all the time. It’s only getting easier.
- I’m gaining followers, traffic, and a brand.
- My writing is taking shape.
- I’m re-finding my voice.
- I know better where I’m going.
- I’m a machine–and I like the feeling.
- I am loving this.
I’ve developed a habit.
I truly had no such intentions. It started out as a month-long challenge from habit-creation star John Muldoon. I just wanted to see if I could do a month. But I did do a month. Hmm. Then I didn’t see a reason to stop either. So I went for 100 Posts in 100 Days. Now that I’m firing on all pistons, I see only the workhorse that I have at my disposal. I see this conveyor belt or factory assembly line that can get things done. I just need to put it on the belt (give it a slot in my day) and I’ll get it done. Amazing? No. Hard work and discipline. Two things I have lots of–but needed a structure.
- Need a post about how to use a certain 301 redirect plugin. Check.
- A letter-a-day contest, the A-to-Z Challenge. Done.
- Become an editor for others writers with epic content. Learning.
- Doing the writing I want to (so I don’t forget stories with my kids). Bam.
- Getting more effective and efficient with my other work so I have time to write. Boom.
That last one is a biggie. There are only so many hours in the day. My day job has far from gone away. But because I’m determined (read: stubborn) I’m not going to miss a day of my Write Every Day. But I have work to do! I have clients banging down my door! I have projects, deadlines, dogs to walk, to do lists, code to write, kids to read to, layouts to build, wives to charm, CSS gradient shadows to figure out! No problem, just let me get my post for the day published and I’ll get right on it.
A Mindset Shift
Priorities. They’ve shifted. Think about that a moment. It’s no easy task. I’m writing this down, repeating it even, so I realize it as well. It’s not an easy thing to do: change, change in priorities, change in how you view your time, your work, your lifestyle. I’ve changed it, I’ve managed to move this mountain. How? A tiny bit at a time. Remember, it’s not 100 Posts in 1 Day. It’s 100 Posts in 100 Days. How many per day? One. How long, how many words, what time, what topic, what goal, why? It’s up to you. It’s in your court. It’s yours. It’s your thing. It will break you–or it will make you.