Last January in a rare act of bravado, I committed publicly to write 500 words a day for 30 days and post them to my blog. Like most leaps of faith, I had the conviction that this is what I needed to do but really had no idea the kind of commitment, resolve, and downright determination that would involve.
Sure, I could write. I had even proven that I could write consistently as I had just completed a year of writing daily in my journal. However, writing 500 intelligent, thought provoking, coherent words that are fit to print was another matter entirely. It stretched me not only as a writer, but as a person.
But I learned this is how people succeed. By continually doing what they say they are going to do, day after day no matter what, they not only build trust in their brand but themselves.
This year you might suspect my challenge has been NOT to blog for 30 days, but I assure you there are bigger things afoot just below the surface.
As I began this post I was at the Moline airport preparing to board United flight 3534 to Chicago and then on to Los Angeles to meet my makers. My website makers, that is.
A couple of months ago when I was in the middle of three coaching programs an opportunity arose for me to work with some pretty talented folks on redesigning my website and recreating my business.
I hemmed and hawed and woke up at four in the morning wondering whether I could afford to invest in one more program. Even as I was writing an ebook called Read It and Leap, I wondered if I took yet another leap, would I learn to fly on the way down?
Ironically, the program in question was called Take Flight Now. I considered it a sign.
I’ve learned more about websites in the past few months than I had in the last 20 years of trying to figure it out on my own. In a world where there are so many resources and talented people available to help, it’s a bit arrogant not to ask for help. And if you can afford it, invest in the people and programs who can help you get where you couldn’t get without them.
Included in my website package was a 3 day workshop in Los Angeles. Since this coincided with the start of the spring semester at my college, I originally wrote it off as impossible. I’d have to settle for the online version of the program that would allow me to go at my own pace while tending to those other duties as assigned at my day job.
But as the time got closer and the emails inviting me to claim my ticket to the live event in LA loomed large, I began to suspect this might be worth the considerable effort it would take for me to arrange my schedule and frequent flyer miles to get there.
When I realized staying at home was one of my favorite ways to hide out, I knew I needed to step up my game and do what was necessary to get there. So I started making calls, researching airfares, checking with my staff and my boss, and making this trip a reality.
Fast forward to today where I’m settled into my room at the Westin and using the two hour time difference to my advantage to put the finishing touches on this blog post and trust that I am exactly where I need to be.
So today I have a dream. Just like the man who inspired the idea for all of us and who we celebrate on this day, my dream is I can make a difference through my writing and coaching.
I can think of no better way to do that than to take flight now and start a process I invite you to be a part of throughout the year.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your dream?