Three small actions to starting something great
If this resurgence of writing seemed to come out of thin air, let me assure you that it did not. It’s been lingering in the background waiting for me to take action for months.
For one, I’ve been practicing. I’ve been hand-writing every single morning in a journal (the old-fashioned way). The constant pull of wanting to write but never wanting to publish led me to a compromise with myself. I’d commit to writing every morning for 30 days as part of my Miracle Morning with the concession to myself that no one ever had to see it.
At about this same time, I started a 100 day devotional called 100 Days to Brave. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to start it, but it turns out there were a few weeks dedicated to working on finding your calling in life. The author talked about how a person can have different expressions of the same calling. It’s as if you had a thesis statement for your life and you have three (or more) paragraphs supporting that thesis. This actually took the pressure off trying to figure out THE.ONE.THING that would define me. I know that writing is one of those supporting paragraphs.
And finally, friendship. One of my college best friends and I sat on our London airbnb roof deck, enjoying a happy hour drink and talking about fulfillment and side-hustles (yes, I’m super lucky). We talked about being scared of what people will think about the things we put out online. It sounded so silly to say out loud, especially from two people who generally aren’t afraid of going after what they want. Rationally, I know that people who don’t like it aren’t the people I want in my community. So once again, I rationalized with myself. I said I would write and publish and it doesn’t matter if no more than 100 people ever come to my website. As long as I’m living up to my potential and contributing positively to the lives of those 100 people, then I’ll be okay.
So, like all progress in life, it was cumulative.
Practice with no expectation
Consume encouraging and motivating content
Get a push and support from a close friend
I bet you can take those three small actions and start something great in your life.
Cheers! To practice, positivity, great friends, and roof decks.