It has been 11 days into the 100 day blogging challenge. With this post, I will be 11 for 11. It isn’t a huge win, but it is a win and I am fairly happy with it.
I remember when I first started this challenge. My first thought was, “Damn, this is going to be hard. I’ve never blogged more than once a week.” It was true. In fact, I would often skip months.
And now I am doing it!
The biggest surprise so far is how easy it was to make blogging a habit. That’s right. It is actually fairly easy.
Here’s how I did it.
Before this challenge, this was my inner monologue:
“I know that I like writing, and I know that writing will be good for me. I also know that sharing my thoughts and starting some dialogue online could be good for my career. If possible, I really want to blog once a week.”
You know what I told myself this time?
“Shoot, this challenge is going to be a commitment, but I know I can do it. I will blog every day, and won’t go to sleep until a post is published every day.”
You see that?
The simple secret here is that internally, I told myself that I will do it. I made it a reality within my head. Psychologically, we have a need for our thoughts and actions to be self consistent. Once something becomes a reality in your head, it becomes much easier to take the actions to conform with the reality. It may not be easy, but it gets easier because you already believe that you are going to do it.
It sounds simple, but it most cases, it works. (Obviously, I say most because there are cases that are super difficult involving drugs, mental illnesses, etc.)
Think about it. How many times have you begun a new habit by saying you want something?
“I want to work out more. I want to read more. I want to date more. Yadda yadda yadda..”
I’ve said similar things to myself many times and failed. The truth of the matter is that every time I failed, it is because I didn’t really want these things. If I did, I would have done them.
Change your wants to wills. Believe it, and then take the actions that make sense.
You’ll be surprised how powerful it is. I am surprised every single time I do it.
…and now, I can finally go to sleep 🙂
P.S. This is post number #11 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!
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