Happy Birthday to..ME!
This year, I am challenging myself to give steps to my dreams and giftings. I am literally giving myself PERMISSION (click to read personal Just Peachie post) to move forward into success and failure…but ultimately to LIFE! And this blog will continue to be a lifeline for me in doing so. As I name goals, I will take steps here to reach them.
Believe it or not, you all reading this have been an invisible support for all I have attempted these last two years. Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing. I look forward to another year of challenges!
As a birthday wish, I am asking all my friends and readers to share my blog post to anyone and everyone you know. It would be a great present…and practically free for you! Thank you and as you do, please have a piece of cake on me!
500 words. 31 days. 1 giddy writer.
I actually accomplished a challenge.
Some of you out there in bloggerland might not appreciate my accomplishment. “Big deal!” you say. You’re on day 523, you say. You get up at 4 am so that you can write using your antique quill pen and inkwell and watch the sunrise while drinking your favorite warm beverage by the fireplace. Ok, I have to admit, that’s impressive. But I am still excited for me because achieving your goals should be an exciting and celebratory experience because you did it.
And this time I did it!
~Determination leads to Success~
Achieving success is a great feeling for me. Validating. Purpose-giving. I expected these feelings. What I didn’t anticipate was the sense of connection that propelled me to my goals. My challenge started out as my own, but once my community connected with my goal, it became ours. And I wasn’t going to let us down.
Are you facing a challenge today, maybe a personal goal or a lifelong hardship? Can I encourage in a few ways that helped me move forward?
1. Be your first team member. Commit to yourself. Believe in what success will bring you.
2. Recruit a team for support, both people you know and those you don’t. For me this goal was not just about completing a task but one of the first steps in rebirthing a dream. My husband, daughters, family, and friends have been tremendous supports in my writing goals. But those who love me are a bit biased…and I love that about them. I needed to take a bolder step. The 500 words community with Jeff Goins and the coachme app helped me step forward a bit more into the unknown. Would they support me? If I stumble, would they judge? All of these questions I had no answer for until I started. I realized the bigger my team, the more motivated I became to focus on the finish and not the excuses to fail. My next venture has teamed me up with a blogging class through Blogelina (no shame is honing skills!). I am hopeful that with more accountability and more support will come more success.
3. Find a rhythm all your own. Ever watch 3 year olds dance? They move and baby-shake in ways that are all their own. They don’t look to the other preschoolers to see how they move. They find their own rhythm. I get stuck sometimes trying to do my own thing how someone else does theirs. Selfishly, I think this method will make the work easier and bring the success faster. In actuality, I will become a unoriginal; the shortcut will stunt my creative growth and the loss of myself will mute my voice before it ever gets a chance to speak. Some things I will gain by learning and by being mentored, but some risks I am going to have to take by dancing to my own beat.
What items would add to this list to step towards success? I would love to hear them!
What’s next for me? I will let you know
…after I finish celebrating!
Until next time, here’s to YOUR success!
Too good to be true. I thought so. Me. Waking up early? No chocolate-lovin way. But then it happened…
I was being an early Riser. I was watching sunrises. I was sipping coffee and cheerfully waking my family for the day…cue the Hallelujahs!
Pride! Productivity! Party! … Problems!
Yup, you heard me. Problems. That honeymoon didn’t last long. Everything that could stop me from rising early rose up to try and stop me. Sick kids. Even the baby got in on that one. Deadlines for work …like that’s important. I could do this early rising thing if I didn’t have a life. I would LOVE to go to bed at 6 pm and wake up refreshed as Fred (my alarm clock aptly named by Andy Traub author of Early To Rise) lovingly sings my song of good morning to my freshly perked ears. But nooo.
Life’s not as peachie when you have to wake up from interrupted, life-infested near sleep.
It feels like…
Yeah. It feels just like that. Like I’ve been sucker punched. I was seriously starting to think I could handle this challenge. The dream of Peachie the Perfect was coming back full circle. I almost wiped out. That’s why the sucker punch hurt so badly. In my quest for the goal, I almost lost it all because I almost lost myself. This challenge was never meant to define me but rather to design me.
As I began refocus (again) on the ever-growing and long-lasting effect the Early to Rise Challenge could offer and started accepting the life-long designing challenges went along with implementing the tools given throughout each daily lesson, the termination of my quest was no longer an option. With that in mind, thanks to the continual encouragement from the book and the online early rising community, I can honestly say this challenge has been met with:
~Determination leads to Success~
Not because I became a morning person. I have not. Not because I have arisen every day at my desired goal. Didn’t happen. But I am a success because I did not quit and I let the challenge design me. Though I was close to termination, I grasped De-termination instead. Thank you, Andy, for your obedience and experience in writing this book. Because of it, I get to sign off this challenge–
Check out this link to learn more or to start your own Early to Rise adventure.