When Jim, Curt and I started the 30-day challenge to see if we could find enough to say each day for an entire month without fail, I have to admit there was a little skepticism on my part. Not that they couldn’t come up with material daily. Given both are two of the strongest sales professionals and professional speakers I have met; I thought each easily had a war chest of ideas to share. This was one of those projects that sounded good at the beginning yet I quickly learned that I might have jumped somewhat hastily. We had no ground rules, only post every 24 hours on the subject matter that touched us most.
There was no preordained outcome or goal, simply to just see what would happen when we crossed the finish line together. Today is the day, 30 continuous days of nouns and verbs, clauses and phrases, prepositions and participles (hopefully not too many that dangled)!
And in looking over this process it occurred to me that I personally learned more than wrote. Here are the Big 10:
- When you haven’t even started up the mountain, it looks huge and almost impossible. The more steps you take and the closer you get to the top, reality helps the mountain become smaller.
- Ideas are not the problem, they actually are everywhere. The more you immerse yourself in your goal, the more options, ideas and solutions will present themselves. It’s the action that greases the wheel to creativity. Inaction will render impossibility.
- It is not the number of words that matter. Brevity creates intensity.
- I was told that what stymies writers is the reluctance to apply “butt in chair”. Excuses abound, procrastination consumes. Energy would flow as I wrote, seldom when I was watching television.
- Roadblocks are guaranteed. Your commitment to keep your commitment will fuel your climb over or around challenges. Expect to be thrown off course, have the resolve to perform. No excuses.
- You pay more of a price for not trying than when applying your talent without reservation. Not getting into the game creates wishful thinking, fantasies of what might have been leaving holes of remorse. The journey itself becomes a sweet payoff.
- Finding the heart of a sentence releases the hidden meaning. Getting to the point in conversation usually does the same.
- The art of creating something relies on finding a way to construct your point of reference, not on searching for the wishes of a potential audience.
- It is better to search for the meaning than jump to conclusion. Simple questions of definitions from the Webster dictionary at times, clarified understanding, which changed direction. The lack of understanding will make you look stupid. The art of understanding someone makes him or her feel of value.
- Tell someone you will do something. Having an accountability partner insures your success. Thanks, Curt and Jim. It has been an honor traveling with you.
This process has also taught me that it is more fun to blog together so come back tomorrow. How do you consistently create blog content and stick to a scheduled posting routine?
Join in the discussion with your information, thoughts or ideas. My next blog series will be on future trends: Where are we now, where are we headed?