I am very behind the measurable goal (30 Days/ 30 Blog Posts). However, I am very much ahead the initial prediction of what I could have learned by taking this challenge.
The writing challenge has worked wonders to me. It helped clearing my mind. It made me want to write almost all the time. It made me miss writing, read about writing, critically analyse ways to improve how I write, learned when to write, topics to write about, and, most importantly, it clarified why I should write. It also helped me overcome a major personal barrier – writing as a non-native English speaker.
I’ve learned to apply a 2:1 reading to write ratio, then a 1:1 r/w ratio. Reading to write it’s tons more effective in learning. Reading alone does not allow a complete understanding of the subject at hand. Reading alone can sometimes contribute to information overload and, as a result, paralyse action.
One of the reasons that made me “ship” less Blog posts, was partially related to overcoming a writing barrier and partially reality knocking on my door. I shifted my focus to create/write new Coaching and Training programs instead of blogging. I knew I had to, it felt irresponsible not to.
I should have been more realistic with planning this challenge. I don’t know how I thought I could “ship” one post a day considering what I had on schedule for the last 2 weeks. Thus, the 30 day period finishes, not the goal. That’s why it ended today, but it will continue, I am giving myself an extension 🙂
“30 days” is simply a time frame which is long enough to help me develop a new habit. In this case, I was working on two habits: read to write and write when ideas popped in my head (creative writing).
“30 days challenges” help me reaching a “state of learning”. There is where I want to be. There is where I evolve and experience awe.
State of learning is what I call a frame of mind where you no longer judge your capacity of self-improvement, which is followed by an experience of awe.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein
I’ve also realised “30 seconds challenges” are the ultimate goal! Engaging in a learning state by self-imposed elicitation of flow. I am working towards this. In a couple of weeks, I will be participating on Mindfulness Training (highly recommend it, by the way) aiming to increase self-awareness and awe. I will keep you posted on how that goes. Maybe I’ll come up with another challenge to help me incorporate mindfulness practice as a habit.
As a guinea pig of my own life’s laboratory, I am also learning how I can help others learn quicker and more effectively by testing my own theories and observations. Hence, I am learning how I could contribute to enhance quality of life and the appreciative living inquiry.
So far, I am very happy with the outcomes. I will continue Experimenting. Learning. Appreciating. Sharing.
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