Last month, I thought about writing on a daily basis. That’s mostly worked well. I’d say for every day I carved out even just a half hour to write a quick 500 words to process either an event or a concept of the day exponentially excelled me closer to my goals. There are 100 other things I’d rather do, 25 of which are more important than the rest, and thousands I could do instead. Why write?
Why chase after your dreams?
Over the past year especially, I learned through a series of trials and brainstorming sessions that writing is what I really want to do most in life, and it’s something I can do that can positively make a difference, so in a way it’s more productive than just sitting around doing some hobby. As I told someone “today, I helped out maybe 10 people. Why not help ten thousand people today?”
These monthly projection posts are more for the big dreams. Chasing after them one step at a time. If I were to become a professional writer, that would be a goal that realistically might still be ten years out, if ever. Yet here’s the thing: why should I only work on my dreams on the weekends? Why only work on them for two hours a week?
Why not work on my dreams for two hours a day?
There are days where I just have trouble getting out of bed early. Or I ran too vigorously to the bus stop, rowed too much, slept too little, encountered one too many stressful situations throughout the day, or any of the other little excuses that won’t help me along.
So I’m living my life as proactively as I can. Going with the flow is fine in only very limited situations. If it’s easier to take the bus than drive. If I’m more willing to apologize than stand my ground. If I’d rather get to bed early.
For any other time, I’ve been pushing myself more than I have in the past few years or even past few months and I must say it’s a great feeling to know that I am doing better than I have because I’m either catching concepts more thoroughly, reacting to situations faster, or better at keeping an even keel in stressful situations.
This is about as broad of a topic as I can say for a monthly projection, so how about some actionable items over the next month?
- Find one situation that is too good to be true.
- Challenge it.
- Find one situation that scares you to your core.
- Assess it.
- Find one situation that bores you.
- Relearn it.
- Find one situation that annoys you.
- Disassociate it.
- Find one situation that confuses you.
- Solve it.
Shuffle the c.a.r.d.s..
I encourage you to challenge, access, relearn, disassociate, and solve situations that prevent you from working on today’s project. This post is one example of one of my projects being another step closer toward my life’s project.
You gotta work for dreams.