In order to achieve things you've never achieved or have things you've never had, you have to do things you've never done. If you want to change your life, one of the best ways is to set yourself a challenge. If you've been following me even a little while, you may have notice that I love a good challenge.
From doing the Couch to 5k program and running a 5k (busting through my opinion of myself as "not a runner"), August Painting a Day Challenge, eight different month challenges in 2017, I'm no stranger to seeing what I can do if I put my mind to it. Last year I challenged myself to eat clean for an entire year and went from XL to XS without an exercise program.
I love doing challenges because it's a way of supporting yourself in growing into a better version of yourself. Every time I complete a challenge, I've developed all the skills it takes in order to get to the finish line and have intentionally steered my brain toward choosing thoughts that help me grow rather than keep me stuck. It's less about the finish line and more about the skills and evidence you build around yourself throughout the journey.
At the end of January I set myself the challenge of posting every day for the month of February. In a couple evenings of deep inspiration, I mapped out the challenge and set my goals.
My goals for this challenge were to develop my writing skills, inspire myself, streamline my posting process, and maybe inspire some other people along the way.
Did I succeed? Yes!
Did my brain try to convince me to quit? Also Yes!
I'm so glad I didn't listen to my reptile brain and instead fed it a few crickets, reassured it I wasn't in mortal peril, and kept working. Instead of building evidence that I can't do it, I proved to myself that I can.
Along the way I learned quite a bit about the platforms that I use to publish and distribute my posts. I learned about my writing style, how to motivate myself, and how I can do the framework in spare moments. That way, when I sit down to write, I can just write.
If I could do that, (particularly given my current circumstances), what can you do if you set your mind to it?
If you've gotten this far, I'd love to know:
What was your favorite post? What did you find helpful?
Is there something you wish I covered? Is there something you wish I would write more about?
Thank you for all the support and the lovely comments. I write often and send it out into the void. Aside from number of "views," I can't tell if anyone has actually read a word. Comments, messages, and conversations are always such a treat.
Here's the roundup of the Myrrhmade February Love Where You Are Challenge links: