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Challenging Myself

When I’m in gardening mode, muscles that I didn’t know existed in any person, let alone realising that I owned myself, rear their painful heads in shocked amazement at their awakening.

Not one to be phased by a little pain now and then, I continue with the task at hand, focusing my attention on the sheer delight of my gardening achievements.

And, my persistence pays off. Once that painful barrier has been passed, the sky is the limit!

Therefore, with absolute faith in my ability to conquer my own personal pain threshold, I have set myself a challenge…

My inspiration has arrived through NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, who suggest to bloggers ~ “Post every day for a month. That’s all you have to do”.

I’m relatively new to the world of blogging, having only just dipped the very ends of my toes into the web “stream” last year. I think that perhaps, up until this stage anyway, I may have been lacking the discipline necessary to give it all I’ve got on a daily basis.

Now, I’m prepared to get my ankles wet!

Content could…perhaps…possibly, become a stumbling block. But then again, how could it be? Don’t I constantly have ideas running around my brain? Is it not I, who is never at a loss for words in any given conversation?

NaBloPoMo is just the boot in the brain muscle I need. In a matter of a mere day or two, my fingers will be running rampant across the keyboard!

What is it that I am hoping to achieve? More of the following three key words, which will become my focus ~ Discipline, Consistency and Confidence.

Discipline; no finding excuses. Anyone can find an excuse as to why they can’t take action; the real gain is in setting yourself the task and actually completing it!

Consistency; once the habit of writing on a daily basis has been given birth to, it can’t help but flourish and grow!

Confidence; okay, this is probably the toughest aspect and a small dose of the old “fake it ‘till you make it” adage won’t go astray!

So, the game plan has been set. Brain and finger muscles are poised for action. Motivational talk to self, now completed. 🙂

For me, the most important criteria for my challenge during the following month has already been met; that being, I enjoy writing.

And, isn’t enjoyment the ultimate factor we should all consider, when beginning a brand new project, task, job or challenge?

Enjoyment in how we spend our time enables every one of us to move through life with ease. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Challenging Myself

  1. I wish you tons of inspiration and plenty of ideas. NaBloPoMo is a good way to get into the everyday blogging habit.

    Did you sign up at the website? Although the “official” NaBloPoMo is in November, they have themes for each month for those who want to get in some practice for November’s big event. I’ve had fun with the themes from time to time (especially the “Look Up” theme last month).

    And, isn’t enjoyment the ultimate factor we should all consider, when beginning a brand new project, task, job or challenge?

    I recently read an article in Yoga Journal that briefly addressed this very thing (paraphrasing: whatever you set out to do, you must look forward to it and, on some level, enjoy the job at hand otherwise you are prone to burnout or abandoning your commitment). It made me look at some of my projects, tasks, etc., in a whole new light.

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  2. Yes, I did sign up for NaBloPoMo at the website, after clicking on a badge I saw on your website! (I wondered what it was all about):)

    The theme for June is “Now”…”Look Up” would have been fun, it could relate to research, or physically looking up, such as towards the sky. My month will overlap into July, so I’m looking forward to another new theme half way through my month.

    Finding enjoyment in all aspects of life seems to be quite a new concept in western countries, however it appears to have been the norm in eastern cultures for as long as time! We have so much to learn, and we can do it, one day at a time. 🙂

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