It’s like Natalie is reading my blog (or worse, my brain!) and picking topics that are right at the front of my thoughts. How does she do that?
Methinks she may have done a few of these challenges before. Like she knows that the question she asks today is going to make us ponder and lead us directly to the next question, which she’s got lined up and ready to ask.
Todays task is to ‘pick one imperfect action that you can take every day that will move you closer to the life you have envisioned.’ ‘Pick that one imperfect action and write a post about why you chose the particular action and what you imagine it will be like if you do it every day for the next 30 days.
If you missed it, I’m writing this blog post in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7
You may have seen this excerpt from the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, you should read it, it’s only short:
This sums up, oh so elegantly and succinctly, what I need to be doing.
I’ve been letting the desire to write eloquently and produce insightful and inspirational words in every sentence, overwhelm me. It has led me to doing more thinking about writing, than writing. So I’ve spent the last 6 months, SIX MONTHS, stressing about whether my words are actually going to help people or not.
Seriously… you’re not going to help anyone if you don’t actually write anything. Sure, good intentions are great; a caring heart and noble aspirations… but nothing helps people like actually reaching out to people with your words.
So that’s my imperfect action…
Write 200 words every day.
Whether they’re elegant or awful, powerful or piss-weak, inspiring or insipid. Doesn’t matter, not at this point anyway. Just get the words out there.
With time, they will get better.
If I keep doing this (writing 200 words every day) thing for 30 days, what will happen? Oh my goodness, I get so excited about what will have changed for me.
All the ideas in my head will have found a home. Instead of running round and round inside my head, they’ll find a cozy little corner of this blog to settle into. Waiting for a tired, heartsore person looking for a little love, a little attention, a little inspiration; to come along and scoop those words up into their arms like a soft and purring kitten… bringing hope, joy and love back into that persons life.
I will feel more confident in my writing, knowing that my words are becoming more interesting, less annoying to the reader and well, just more readable.