Can you keep a promise for 72 days?
As I stare down the last 72 days of the year, a lot is about to change (again). I will be moving to Arizona for a month before heading to Dallas for good. It’s been a long year of transition and I’m gearing up for the last part of that journey.
The thing is, there will always be some change, transition or big thing happening in my life. So, I have committed to myself that I will use these last 72 days to bravely START on my calling despite all of the moving pieces. There is no perfect time except right now.
The problem is, I’m not 100% sure what exactly that calling is… which makes it hard to start. One thing I know for sure is that I like to write and I’ve had many people encourage me to keep doing so. The other thing I know about writing is that it scares me to hit publish. In fact, it makes me so nervous that this is only the third article I’ve posted this calendar year… and I’ve had plenty of time to do so since March.
That is the reason I know I’m on the right track. WHY is it always the scary things that are the things you should be doing?
So here I am, hitting publish. I really don’t know the direction I’m taking because I can’t clearly see the end goal, or the next step after publishing some blog articles. I just know that nothing will happen unless I actually do something. It won’t be easy to publish consistently but small things done consistently over time creates massive success (according the principles of The Slight Edge). If I publish every three days for the next 72 days, I will have published 24 articles. I’m pretty sure I’ll be a better writer after that and will at least get some feedback on what’s interesting or helpful and how I can get better.
The rest of the year is about doing the small, easy things that are easy to do but also easy not to do. For me that’s doing my morning routine every single day, praying on my knees every night, and publishing something every three days. Will any of these things change my life after 72 days? Definitely not. However, I guarantee I will be better for it.
What are you doing with the rest of your year? There is absolutely no reason to wait for January 1st or for any other arbitrary milestone. Make one small promise to yourself and then tell a friend (or post about it) and keep your promise.
I’ll be right there with you.