Monday, October 14, 2013

An "Impossible" Goal

“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”

Les Brown

“Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”

Doug Larson

“The impossible is often the untried.”

Jim Goodwin

I’m thinking of a goal.  A new goal.  Maybe it’s an impossible and crazy goal.  Most likely, it’s impossible and crazy.  I’m not even sure if I should share it.  It feels big.  It feels bigger than the time I said I would reach 150 blogs by July 1 (which I did).  It feels more intimidating because it would be an ongoing goal rather than one with a finish line.   Here is my goal:
I want to write two blogs a day or 50 blogs a month.

So here are the questions one might ask.  Here are the questions I’m asking myself:
·      Why?
·      Don’t you have enough to do?
·      What would you write about?

The answer to the first question comes in a few parts.  First, I’ve been listening to The Ten X Rule, by Grant Cardone.  The basic premise is that if I want to be successful, I need to put in ten times the amount of effort.  I know that in writing 240 blogs in less than a year, I’ve done more than I’ve ever done in moving towards my dreams.  But now I wonder if I can do more.  I honestly think I could.   Steven Pressfield writes for three hours a day or more.  Granted, that’s his full time profession, but if that’s what I want to do, then I need to act as if I’m already on the same caliber as him.  That requires more work.
Another reason I am considering this is because I think it would make me a better writer.  “If you wish to be a writer, write,” said Epictetus.  I wish to be a writer.  I am a writer, but I want to be a better one.  The only way to improve is to spend more time doing my work.  I see no substitute for time and experience.  I have no doubt that I’m a good writer.  But am I a great writer?  I’ll have to keep writing and find out.
Finally, the more I write, the better chance I have of getting my message out.  Quantity can be quality.
The second question, “Don’t you have enough to do?” is harder to answer.  The answers are yes and no.  Yes, I have many things to do, but writing is something I need to do.  I need it like I need to eat.  There are plenty of things I’m doing that I don’t need to be doing.  Well, maybe not plenty, but I know I could use my time more effectively.  Sometimes just a few minutes here and there add up to enough time to get significant amounts of writing done.  I’ve written a few of my blogs by using spare minutes here and there.
Yes, it’s nice when I can write it in one sitting, but as with many things in life, sometimes all I can do is use minutes wisely, because I don’t often get hours.  But a few minutes here adds up to an hour there. 
Finally, what would I write about?  I’m not sure.  I’d probably stay with my theme, but maybe something new will develop.  I will know what to write at the right time.  What’s more vital is that I simply do write.  The ideas will come soon enough and at the right time.  If or when something new develops, I will know.  But for now, I don’t think any of us can get enough encouragement.
So that’s it.  I’m doing it.  I’m setting a goal of writing two blogs a day.  The worst that can happen is that I won’t be able to reach my goal.  No, the worst that can happen is that I don’t try.  So I’m going to publish this blog, then do my radio show, and then work on the next blog.  I’m tired, but I’m going to at least try. 
That’s all I can do is try.  Actually, I think I can do a lot more than try.  I can Get Started and Keep Going.