Writing blogs seems like a pretty simple task.
I started this blog for a few reasons - clearly not notoriety or wealth.
Is blogging even considered a glamorous or venerable activity?
Part of why I started this blog is to test myself and my capabilities.
Not only as a writer but as someone that strives to create.
Whether it be videos, podcasts, habits, friendships, or lifestyle improvements - they all suffer from resistance.
I enjoy the process of coming up with an idea and crafting something from nothing.
Already, after a little more than a week of writing daily I find myself challenged in several ways.
It takes time to write, edit and find supportive images. Probably more than I had anticipated, but that alone is not enough to slow me down.
I am choosing to write daily because I want to improve my writing ability, of course.
But more importantly, I want to overcome this demon of perfectionism and self-analysis.
If I were to only write and publish once a week, I would inevitably create a dozen of excuses to delay the work, procrastinate, and extend deadlines.
I can’t allow myself to hand over that much control to resistance. If I only publish once a week, I will quickly find myself publishing 0 things each week.
I face this same battle on my YouTube channel, which has suffered the same blow over the last 5 years.
Month-long spurts of inspiration and action, followed by half-year hiatuses.
For me, pushing perfectionism to the side and creating with speed is my only path forward.
If I force myself to publish and upload every day I can begin to eliminate any chance for hesitation to enter the equation.
I can focus on the job at hand, complete it to the best of my ability in the time available and move on with the day.
That is why I write these blogs.
Not to be a great writer in the next month or year, but to have a daily practice of redefining how I think about perfection.
If you deal with the same limitations, here are a few things that helped me get started:
- Spend a week and dedicate 30 minutes a day to ‘the thing’
- Invest a small amount of money you can afford to lose into ‘the thing’
- Create some low-level stakes around ‘the thing’
- Tell others what you’re doing and be accountable to your vow