I’ve always loved writing. I remember writing stories when I was a little girl, perfect for someone who likes to live in her head most of the time. Then, as school progressed, writing became something you had to do. Plus topics were boring. So I switched to consuming the written word. Books galore. Nothing pleased this little introvert then being holed up in my room, drink bottle and snacks at hand, and staying in there for days reading all I could.
I’ve always a imagined myself as being a writer, so it was only natural that a blog would be somewhere I would express my ideas, knowledge and insights. Of course, perfection got in the way. Everything I wanted to write needed to have all the information, a series perfectly thought out, etc. So of course nothing ever got done.
Unfortunately having a big imagination also needs big action to back it up. Whilst having wonderful vision and insight, it does no good if it never sees the light of day. In 2016, one of my focuses was to create more discipline in my life. To follow through and actually complete tasks that I set myself. As always, a few days before the end of the year closes I start a little writing challenge to pull me through.
Inspired by Isaac Moorhouse from Praxis who encourages participants to write everyday for 30 days, I’ve decided to take this exercise up also to pull me out of my funk and perfectionistic tendencies. Plus working towards a goal, I’m hoping it will get me used to creating effective habits. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is getting a good work out at the moment too. Stop waiting of the muse to strike, and kick resistance ass by showing up, day in, day out.
My writing isn’t perfect. To be honest, running after my two kids I struggle to find the time, usually at night – and not when they’re in bed so usually they are up beside me while I type – I’m writing these blogs. They’re not perfect, I’m sure they could use another edit or two, but they are getting done. And the reality is, done is better than perfection. I guess there’s a deeper lesson in that after all.