From non-completer to completer in 30 days.
Until just a little while ago, I called myself a non-completer.
My life blazed a trail of unfinished projects and plans, and unused products....
- I bought one of those infomercial home gym sets ... and wound up selling it.
- I joined a gym. Cancelled after two months. (Did this three times that I can think of.)
- I went into the jewelry-making business. Sold all my stuff months later.
- Soapmaking business. Supplies bought. Then sold.
- Bookmaking business. Supplies bought. Then stuck away in a drawer. (I really want to do this one someday, even if just as a hobby!)
- Blog posts ... holy moley! I can't tell you how many unfinished blog posts, ebooks, and other pieces of content live on my computer.
- Weight lost. And then gained back again. And then lost. And then....
- Programs purchased with absolutely the best of intentions, and then ... you guessed it, left for "some other day."
Combined, years and years of these failed ventures felt like a weight across my chest.
I was not a Completer.
But then something changed.
Challenges => A completer
I'd like to tell you about it in case you're the kind of person like me who will thrive with Challenges.
The first step is simply to find a challenge. I suggest doing something fun, something you want to do.
The first challenge I signed up for online was Niamh Arthur's Light it Up! Video Challenge.
The work involved?
- Record a video a day for 30 days.
- Upload the videos to YouTube.
- Share with your group.
I honestly didn't think I'd be able to do it.
After all ... hello! Non-completer!
But oh my gosh ... I totally did it!
I recorded one video each day for 30 days!
I completed the challenge!
I'm a Completer!
Actually, I still didn't full own the power of my completing that program. I still felt like a phony, ready to turn into a non-completer again as soon as the clock struck midnight.
Soon after completing Niamh's challenge, I had the idea to create a series of 30 inspirational graphics with quotes on them, each related to the word CHOOSE. I wanted to give that gift to others, so that became my free email CHOOSE program. (It's always open, so please feel free to check it out!)
That wasn't necessarily a challenge for me ... it was a challenge for others, and not even really a challenge. Just a "30 days" thing.
And then, a photographer I knew on Facebook decided to do a photography challenge--for 365 days.
After watching his challenge, and seeing him succeed, I had this strange idea to write a haiku a day for 365 days.
Me? The non-completer?
For 365 days?!? A YEAR?!?
Well, the idea wasn't all that strange. I'd somehow been bitten by the bug to create series of things, like a series of infographics to help readers, and another series of similar infographics for another target audience.
(Those two products are still in development. They're incomplete, but on purpose.)
Plus, I really enjoy writing poetry, especially haiku.
There's a sweet din and lull to the pattern, turning all of my thoughts into haiku.
(I know that poem isn't traditional haiku; no need to edumacate me, thanks.)
So ... at this writing, I'm at ... Day 314 on my year-long haiku challenge!
I feel so good ... I know I'm a completer now, yo.
And now it seems, I can't stop challenging myself!
- 30 days without wine ... check! (I didn't lose even one pound - wtf?!?)
- 30 days on the treadmill ... check!
- And now, 30 days of blogging ... check!
Coincidentally, this post on challenges happens to be the last post in my 30 Day Blogging Challenge, a program that will soon become a paid program to help small business owners jumpstart their blogs while gaining confidence as a writer.
Honestly, I don't know what I'll do with myself after completing a blog post a day for 30 days.
I'm ENJOYING this.
I don't want it to end.
Maybe next up I'll do the 365 Day Blogging Challenge?!?
Stay tuned ... you never know!
In the meantime, I encourage you -- Challenge Yo'self!
And let me know what you're doing in the comments, or how your latest challenge is going.
I might even want to join you!
P.S. This is post #30 in my 30 Day Blogging Challenge!
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