9 lessons that blogging every day for a year taught me about life
This may or may not be the last time I write about blogging every day for a year. Honestly, I am just excited that I actually completed this challenge that I set out for myself and my excitement is somewhat hard to contain.
Just over 365 days ago, I decided to challenge myself and write something every single day. From someone who has never been much of a writer, this was a big challenge for me. Truthfully, it wasn’t even something that I was expecting to complete. I thought that I would lose interest in writing after a few weeks or a month tops.
Having not written anything over a page in length since I turned in my last college paper nearly four years ago, this challenge seemed almost just as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest with zero hiking experience. All I knew is that I wanted to do something meaningful and difficult, while potentially creating a positive impact in the lives of others. This was the best way that I knew how.
A year later, here we are. Somehow, someway, we managed to complete this goal. In reflecting on these last 365 days, I now want to share with you what blogging every day for a year has taught me about life.
1. There is never a perfect time to start.
Too often we talk about wanting to achieve our goals, but instead of working towards achieving them, we wait for the “perfect time.” The truth is, there is no perfect time to go after the things that we want to achieve in life, we simply just have to start. The longer that we wait to start achieving the things that we want, the longer they will take to come to fruition.
2. Persistency is key.
If we want to be successful, then we need to be persistent. This means finding a way to go after whatever it is that we want to achieve even when we are told no or when we are lacking motivation. There are going to be times where we get knocked down, but those who are persistent are the ones who get right back up and keep moving forward. Ultimately, they are the ones that accomplish their goals.
3. You are more than your struggles.
Everybody fails and everybody faces struggles. Remember, though, these struggles and failures do not define us. They do not determine all that we are capable of achieving. What does, is our willingness to overcome any obstacle that stands in our way. We are stronger than any of the obstacles that we face. Just as long as we believe in ourselves and never lose sight of what it is that we want to accomplish, there isn’t anything that we can’t do.
4. Comfort is the enemy of success.
Comfort prohibits us from branching out, trying new things, and taking risks on ourselves. If what we are currently doing is not leading us towards the life that we want to be living, then we need to break out of our comfort zone and try something new. It may seem frightening, but rarely will anything ever go the way we imagine it to.
5. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Whatever it is that you put your mind to, you have the power to achieve it. I would never have guessed that I would be here today writing about how I did something every day for an entire year, but here we are. Completing this challenge has made me realize that I can do anything that I focus on, and all I can say is that I can’t wait for what’s ahead.
6. You are always going to be judged.
There are always going to be people that doubt you, and there are always going to be people that judge you for the things that you do. Remember, though, that you are never going to be judged by somebody who is better than you. Those who judge you do so because they are either jealous or because they are trying to make their own insecurities.
What does this have to do with blogging? Nothing really. But it has taught me to go after all of my dreams despite what people think. No matter what I am going to be judged, so why not be judged for doing something that I actually enjoy doing? It’s either I do that, or I live a miserable life trying to please others.
7. Life is not meant to be easy.
Nothing worth having is going to come easy, and nothing that comes easy is worth having. There are going to be times where we are going to feel like giving up on ourselves, times where we feel like life is going against us, and times where we doubt what we are truly capable of achieving. If we listen to these thoughts, though, we will never achieve the things that we want to.
If we want to achieve anything meaningful in life, then we need to be willing to work towards our goals with all that we have. We need to be willing to fight our fears, overcome any obstacle that stands in our way, and never let the word “no” become our final answer. Because if we let no become our final answer when the going gets tough, every single one of our dreams will shatter right before our eyes.
8. Goals take time to achieve.
Through the last 365 days, this is probably the biggest lesson that I have learned. It has taught me that goals don’t have a timeframe. We might be a day away from achieving our goals, maybe a month, or maybe even a year away. But if we give up on ourselves and quit working towards our goals, we will never know how close we could have been.
Success usually lies just after we experience our greatest obstacles, so while you might feel like giving up, know that you are a lot closer to achieving your goals than you think. You just need to keep working and believe in all that you are capable of achieving.
9. 5,4,3,2,1 just go.
The more time that it takes you to start pursuing the things that you want in life and the more you talk about wanting to do something, the less likely you are to even start. When you get an idea in your mind, you just have to go for it. Countdown from 5, and once you hit 1, you just go. No questions asked, no hesitations, you just do it.
Quit making excuses and go for the things that you want to achieve. The only way that you will ever achieve your dreams is if you set aside all of your excuses, and work towards your dreams with all of your might.
I can’t tell you how much my life has changed in this past year. I went from being miserable and depressed to being happy, positive, and excited for what’s ahead.
I don’t want to say that blogging every day for a year is the sole reason for my life changing as much as it has, but it has definitely helped. It has taught me that I am far more capable of achieving my dreams than I used to give myself credit for. It has taught me that as long as I am willing to work hard towards my dreams, then there isn’t anything that I can’t achieve. And it has taught me how to love my life again.
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