I’m really good at giving advice to others, but sometimes I do a really poor job in actually listening to the advice that I give.
I think that this is most of us actually. For some reason, we just never fully learn to trust our own intuition. We tend to listen to the advice of others instead of listening to the one person who knows us best – ourselves.
Practice What You Preach
I am proud to say that I got my mom back into blogging. She is the reason why I started blogging in the first place, and it’s become just one more thing that we enjoy doing together.
And yes, before you ask, I am 100% a momma’s boy. The best part about it is that I also have absolutely zero shame in admitting that.
While we were in Cancun, she had written a blog post and asked for my feedback. As critical as she was of her own writing, I told her that I loved it and not to change a thing. She didn’t need Grammarly to tell her how to write or act like it was a Harvard submission essay. What made her post so amazing was that it was her unique thoughts complied by her unique style of writing.
She took my advice and published it. No Grammarly, no spellcheck, no anything. It was all from the heart.
The advice that I gave her, “Start having fun with it.” Writing is not our day job. It’s a place where we go to escape our day job and release our thoughts. And if we aren’t having fun with writing, then what’s the point of spending the time to do it?
Listen To Your Own Advice
Now let’s jump ahead a bit…
I am currently reading the book Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler, and in my opinion (just in case you were interested), this book is freaking amazing. Part of what makes it so good is Itzler’s unique writing style. You get the sense that Itzler had fun writing it, and when the author has fun writing it, it trickles down to the reader.
After sharing these thoughts with my mom in our morning phone call (told you I’m a momma’s boy), I told her I just want to start writing more from the heart. She paused on the phone and asked me if I remember what I told her. She said “You told me to start having fun with it, didn’t you? Maybe you should listen to your own advice.”
She was right. As much as I love writing, there are times when I get caught up in the numbers game that comes with writing – things like how many people read my blog, how many subscribers I have, ect. Sometimes I will even go as far as to tailor my writing to improve these numbers… or at least try to.
Start Having Fun
So here we are, having more fun than I have had in a while, and it’s all from writing about having fun. Like I told my mom, “Just start having fun with it. If you aren’t having fun, then what’s the point of doing it?”
Too often we get attached to the numbers game that we forget why we started something in the first place. But the truth is when we learn to have fun and do something out of pure passion and joy, our progress will be far greater than it would be if we relied solely on the numbers to motivate us.
So from here on out, start having fun. If you aren’t having fun with something, then don’t do it. Life is too short to waste any amount of time doing things that make you happy.
Some Things To Remember:
- Ditch the numbers. Followers, likes, readers, none of these mean anything if you aren’t having fun.
- Follow your path. This is your life to live, so make the most of it. Don’t do things you think you should be doing, do things that you want to be doing.
- Everything in life is better when you start having fun, so if you aren’t having fun, then don’t do it.
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