My 39 Day Blog Challenge

My 39 Day Blog Challenge

I am issuing a challenge.

There are no prizes other than self-satisfaction. There are no winners other than the soul.

There is no reason to do it other than pure passion and desire to form a new habit.

I have long wanted to publish a daily blog.  As have so many others that I encounter. Are you one of the many that crave the outlet of daily writing online?

If there is one thing you can count on is that successful writers will tell you that to be a writer, you must write. You can’t be a writer and dream of writing, or wish to write, or sit down for an hour a week and write. You must write: prolifically, badly, inspired and doggedly.  We must persist if we want to be writers.

Quite randomly I decided to just do it.  It is time to quit being a wallflower and step into the light with this passion I have.  Ever get that urge to emulate Nike and “Just Do it”?  So for the next 39 days I will be posting a blog.  If you want to join me, let’s do it together!  If you don’t – no worries. I am going for it anyway.

And if you don’t have a blog, try tumblr.  It is pretty easy to create an account and just start posting.

We have all heard it takes 21 days to form a habit.  We like to start new things on Mondays, we love to have support when we try to change things or adopt new things.  So I give you more than that.  I give you 39 days, we do start Monday, but you can even start today and I would love to support you ( I did – you can read my post  “Belief is Absolutely Not Enough” here).  And start using the hashtag #39dayblogchallenge and I will look for you and share your stuff!

Comment below and let me know you are in, I will look for you!

Belief is Absolutely Not Enough

It is little stuff. Little stuff that makes up the big stuff.

Talking with a fellow entrepreneur the other day we commiserated over the way small stuff can rapidly add up and make you wonder if you really are on the right path.

If you believe the some of the spiritual gurus out there, all you have to do is believe and have faith in your divine calling.

Simple belief doesn’t pay the bills though.  Action following belief does. A more authentic group of gurus teaches us this.

I grow weary of reading all of the rhetoric on how belief is the key.  I call bullshit.  Belief backed by action is the key to anything. I can sit on my ass all day long believing I am an excellent coach. That gives you absolutely no insight into how I can help you. Other than the obvious privilege you would have of gazing upon my glorious piousness.

I came face to face with this myself recently.  See, I love to travel. Love it. Crave it like co-op cuisine (a seriously serious craving for me).

In my former lives as a military officer and then marketer and strategist at an international company, I got to travel a lot.  Even on vacations I got to move about to visit family in different locations and attend weddings or other celebrations all over the place. I used to wax poetic about how lucky I was to be able to travel to fun places like Sydney, Singapore and Paris for work.

When I went into business for myself, my traveling slowed.  Let’s be honest here, the company was no longer footing the bill.  But also, I embraced the belief that I couldn’t afford it and didn’t have time. So I didn’t even look, despite my son’s persistent inquiries as to when we were going on an airplane again.  He did inherit my travel bug.

So I refused to take action in the face of my belief that travel was a part of my soul and necessary, because I believed it not possible. In this case, my belief was backed by the action of inaction.

RIDICULOUSNESS

I got into coaching because I want people to see past their limitations and start taking small actions to make great strides toward whatever they want in life. I loved the idea that I could coach from anywhere in the world.  I wanted to coach from everywhere in the world.  This was and is my vision.

So why not travel?

I have decided that I want to take my show on the road.  I want to move about the country and deliver the core messages of the No Limits Life to you live and meet you and visit your cities.  I want to move around the world and immerse in your culture and style and energy and feel it wash over me and through me and share that signature fearlessness I hold to inspire you into your own adventure.

I am compiling a list of places I am going:

Austin

San Diego

Seattle

Boulder

Santa Cruz

Wilmington

Nashville

Madison

New Orleans

Eureka Springs

Reno

Eugene

Kansas City

And more as they strike me. And they will.

Nope, I don’t have dates yet and I don’t have locations either! They are coming. What I do have is a growing list and a determination to make this happen.  If you live in one of these cities and want to help out with location ideas or promotion, let me know! Or if you live in a super cool city – or city that could use a dose of down ass chick, share it with me! As a small town raised girl, I am very open to small towns too!

So this idea that little stuff makes up the big stuff that I started with: How is it connected? Travel is just a component of my overall life.  Travel makes up one aspect of a very rich life that I love and enjoy and want.  It is a small piece that I have to take action to embrace. I could make that list above, I could even connect with a few of you and take one or two trips. But then I could let it fizzle.  I could imagine that my belief will continue to propel it forward.  It will ONLY if I keep taking action.

I will keep looking at cities, towns and events, I will keep seeing the best workshop or event for that city.  I will keep developing them. I will keep looking for events and workshops in those cities that I can sponsor and in those small actions my belief will become even more deeply rooted.

What dream or desire are you holding onto that you need to take some small steps to make big impact with? What small step can you take today to get you closer making that big impact on the people you can touch with your actions?

If you need more inspiration, please check out this article from Tad Hargrave on Why “Stop Playing Small” is bullshit.  It helped inspire me to take this small action.

Why I Pick my Titles Last (and how intuition is a key team member)

So many articles pass my viewfinder on the topic of blog or article title selection and many of them tell me to pick a “spectacular title” then write on it to gain attention and move forward, others say spend lots of time making sure you have the perfect one, others hand you a list of title prompts to use. All of this is useful information and completely usable.  Below are a few of these articles for reference. To be clear I am not arguing with them as being wrong or not helpful, because again, they really are useful. I am just saying that isn’t exactly how it plays out in my style of creating.

Contentmarketinginstitute.com offers this one on picking the best title.

Copyblogger.com offers 10 headlines that are a little different and sure to work

Problogger has this older, but I think still relevant post on how to draw readers in with your title

So yes, there is lots and tons of advice on the “best, most effective” method.

But none of them exactly fit the way I do it.  (nor do I have hundreds of thousands of followers, so trust your own intuition here – read on for more on that)

Woohoo, big rebel me.

I have a hard time writing to a topic specifically. I have an easier time finding a thread, as I did today in my musings, and letting intuition guide it for a few hundred words. After a few hundred words, the topic, theme, point becomes pretty clear. Using this method, sometimes you get the bonus of a couple of articles popping out!

Intuition is an amazing guide in just about everything – I would challenge you to find a situation where it is NOT an amazing guide. Go ahead, comment below if you have a nominee.

However, if I am right, if intuition is a fantastic guide to writing, then let intuition guide the words and the title will emerge as well.   I find that the opposite leads me to less authentic pieces and honestly just makes me feel a little fake which leads to nausea and nobody wants that.  Nobody likes nausea.

Being a soul who has committed to living life on her terms, trusting her intuition and living authentically, it just feels right to create the piece and let it name itself!  I tend to avoid the formulas, but I do incorporate title naming convention where it feels right – intuitively guided.

And by the way, this applies in other life areas as well (you knew this was coming didn’t you? I am an intuitive life coach after all!).  I use this technique when I am working on my torch with glass. I use it in planning, or not planning as the case may be, my time with my son.  I use it in shaping client experiences and guiding them through the art of living dangerously, living authentically and living right for them.

Let the path unfold before you, let the story write itself and be named. Live your Life Limitlessly. visit http://www.nolimitslife.guru to learn more on the “how”