Day 1: Becoming a streaker

This is going to be the start of something good. I joined the Live Your Legend blog challenge as an attempt to create some accountability in my daily routine. The timing is spot on, as I am in a career transition and looking for more discipline and consistency. I am lacking motivation so much that I have even resorted to taping the latest wisdom I received from a fortune cookie to the computer monitor on my desk. It reads: “Absence, makes the heart grow fonder, makes the pay check go lighter.” To combat this, I plan to write once a day for as long as I can muster the willpower. I am hoping that by maintaining this blogging streak, I will be able to get out of my current rut and perform at my best.

The fact is, I have felt a bit absent lately- not quite like myself. Transitions are difficult and I am in the middle of several right now. I had a major knee surgery (ACL reconstruction) at the end of 2015 and I am still in the recovery process. I am in wedding planning limbo because the weekend before my surgery I decided to propose to my girlfriend in a hot air balloon. Oh and I am trying to find a job, specifically at a tech startup in the travel industry. My thoughts are scattered by all these topics, which has led to a whole lot of busyness but not much business getting done. So why would I want to add something like daily blogging to my seemingly overfilled plate? The answer is simple- because people that I admire do it.

Intuitively, the best way that I might emulate some of the influential leaders of the Internet era is to copy them. By doing so I hope to transform my life for the better like those that have come before me. I think the blog challenge is a great start and an amazing legacy that Scott Dinsmore left. Now that my decision has been made, I just have to keep the streak alive. I am not yet a blogger, but as described in this Ted talk I will fake it until I become it.

My decision is rooted in a desire to make a positive change in my life. For that reason, I have no choice but to keep going. This is summed up beautifully with this quip of wisdom from Seth Godin:

“If you can make a decision once, then the question isn’t should I do it? It’s what will I do? If you make the decision once to be a vegan, then you don’t need to have a discussion with yourself every single night about whether or not to have a hamburger. If you make the decision to blog every single day, then the only discussion I have to have with myself is what’s the best blog post I can write — not should I write a post. As (Saturday Night Live Producer) Lorne Michaels has said, ‘Saturday Night Live doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.”

Ready or not, it’s time for me to get this show started.


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