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Jeff Goins - Day 1 of my 30 day writing challenge

Published 1 Sep 2020

Day 1

This is how I will start my writing challenge of completing 500 words a day!

Today I begin my writing 31 day challenge.

I signed up for Jeff Goins 31 day writing challenge email course with the main goal of creating a habit of writing 500 words a day.

Below he has outlined challenge for today, day 1:

Here’s what I want you to do:

  1. Write down your goal for this challenge. What do you want to accomplish?
  2. Ask yourself, “How am I going to do this?” If you want to write a book or get caught up on your blog, what will you write each day? Decide this before you have to write, so you don’t have to spend your writing time thinking or planning. Make this decision in advance, so you can stay on track. If you’re just trying to build a habit, think about a writing theme that you can adhere to for the next month.

I already keep a daily hand written journal which I use as a “brain dump” to clear my lingering thoughts before I start my day. From what I’ve learnt about habit creation, the best way to create a new habit is to connect it to an already existing habit so as to make it easier to stay with it.

For me to be successful at this challenge I need some public accountability. I will get straight into my 31 day challenge after my morning pages and then after a quick proof read I will publish it to my blog daily. I hope that hitting that publish button daily will also help me overcome my fear of putting my writing out there in the public domain.

I love this tweet by David Perell where he speaks about “how much people struggle to take action, even though the internet gives them unlimited information.” This is a resistance that I have felt for many years now. You always think to yourself that there’s one more thing you need to read or learn before you can actually start doing. It’s commonly known as analysis paralysis and it’s the arch enemy of becoming a productive creator.

I’ve been reading about learning in public and sharing everything you know. The way these two concepts have been framed has made it far easier for me to overcome the fear of imposter syndrome, where you feel like a fraud for sharing. You feel you surely don’t have the right to share what you know, because who are you ?

By reframing this and adopting a learning in public mindset, it allows you to freely share what you know or are currently learning without this fear or public rejection and scrutiny. You’ve publicly announced your disclaimer:

” I’m sharing what I’m learning and find interesting, if I’m wrong I’m happy to be corrected as it will help me improve build a more complete mental model of the topic I’m learning. ”

I’ve set my intentions for this months challenge, to improve my thinking and writing and establish this as a new habit.