At the start of the year, one of my intentions for this year was to write every day. It seemed an easy intention, as writing is my passion. I also set the rule that I shouldn’t intend what to write each day, I would just put my fingers on keyboard and type type type, or pen to paper and write write write. Guess what? I didn’t.
My critical error
I failed because I made one critical error. I intended it. That’s it.
I didn’t do anything to make it happen. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t make time for it. didn’t create space for it. This last one is quite literary. My office is an ungodly mess 🙂
I didn’t build in any sort of system to get myself to write. My mind was happy, because I intended to do something, but there was no actual writing.
I realised two things:
- Mind likes intentions. They are like hanging up blank canvases with a post it note to do something, but then not doing the actual work. They are just candy, making you feel happy for a while. Then the moment comes when it dawns on you that you you didn’t actually work. Your stomach sinks, and you feel low. Then fear gets to throw a party with its friends doubt and guilt. The important thing is also that fear hates actions. Actions mean you play with your fear and give it a big swift kick in the behind.
- As there is nothing better than kicking fear into an orbit around the moon, I knew I needed actions.
How to set an action
Set an alarm or an automatic message to yourself at a set moment on each day.
When the alarm goes, do what you love.
So go. Do what you are passionate about. No excuses.