Yesterday was exactly 1000 days since I started writing this blog and today makes it day 1001.
I have thought hard about what to do next with the blog. Should I close this blog and move on to other projects? Should I continue this blog and write day 1001? What should I do?
I don’t know to be honest.
Maybe if the point was to prove that I can do this for 1000 days consistently, then the objective has been reached and now I can move on to something else. Or perhaps if the objective was to find something daily and share with people, perhaps I might still continue writing this blog since I will continue to observe and notice inspiring things everyday.
So I want to turn to you, the readers of this blog. If you have ever read this blog,and you found it helpful one way or another help me make a decision on what to do next. You can write a comment on this post or write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will forever be grateful.
Thank you for coming on this journey with me for the past 1000 days.
Just one day to go to close this 1000 days challenge.
I just though it would be nice to say hello to the cult of ‘it nearly happened’. You know they have an association for all those things you want to do but never got to do. Those projects you almost completed but never shipped.
Those ideas you let rotten away while you were waiting for the stars to align and time to get all the resources you need to make it the best thing that happened since slice bread.
While you waited for perfect, you’ve permitted magical to walk on by. Not to mention good enough, amazing and wonderful.
There is a quote that goes something like if we acted on all our ideas, we will amaze ourselves by how much we can achieve.
Waiting for the thing that cannot be improved (and cannot be criticized) keeps us from beginning.
Two bricklayers were approached by a reporter.
The reporter asked the first bricklayer, “What are you doing?”
His response was to complain that he was virtually a slave. An underpaid labourer who spent his days wasting his time, placing one brick on top of another for hours on end.
The reporter ask the second worker the same question.
His response, however, was quite different.
“I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” he said. “I get to be a part of important, useful and beautiful pieces of architecture. I turn simple pieces of brick into exquisite masterpieces.”
Of course, they were both right, but it was their mindset that mattered.
In everything that we do, we can see it as a chore or an opportunity to do something remarkable.
Think about your life.
Is it a drudgery?
Or is it full of exciting moments?
If it’s more of the former, don’t look to change the external factors, look to change how you view the world.
It could make all the difference!
If you’re building a house, you need to lay the first brick.
Of course, one brick doesn’t make a house, but you can’t build something without laying that first brick.
Then comes brick number two, but it still doesn’t look like a house.
Then number three, four and so on, until finally the house is complete.
To do anything significant in life requires us to start with a single brick.
Too often, we want the finished product immediately, but life doesn’t work that way.
The successful career, the long-lasting relationship and the thriving business all require an initial action that doesn’t look like the end product.
But step by step, brick by brick, moment by moment you get closer to your goal.
So stop staring at the vacant land and get started.Stop thinking about nice blog design and just pick a wordpress template and start writing.
Lay the first brick and build your house.
Are you nervous?
Is there a little bit of uncertainty about the future?
And if so, is that really such a bad thing?
We can’t be totally sure that everyone will appreciate your speech or sermon.
Your boss may not like the quality of presentation you put forward.
And that business idea may or may not work.
If you’re doing anything important, failure is a very real option, so to feel nervous every now and then is OK.
Doesn’t that just mean that you’re doing something that matters?
Doesn’t that just mean that you care?
Success doesn’t come to those who thrust their chest out in false bravado.
It comes to those who take action in spite of their feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.
You could go through life entirely sure of what happens next.
Or you could live a life that makes a difference in the world.
Someone asked me for advice on how to start a blog like this one and write for 100 days non stop. Well, I thought, there are a lot of tips I can share to help. But the most important one is this story I read somewhere.
As the story goes:
A student of martial arts said to his teacher:
‘I would like to be a great aikido fighter,’ he said. ‘But I think I should also devote myself to judo, so that I am familiar with many different styles of fighting. That is the only way I can become the best.’
His teacher replied: ‘If a man goes into a field and starts running after two foxes at the same time, there will come a moment when the foxes will go their separate ways, and the man will be left not knowing which one to pursue. While he is pondering the problem, the foxes will be far away and he will have wasted both his time and his energy.
Anyone who wants to become a master must choose just ONE thing in which to become an expert.
I am not good at focusing on more than one thing at a time. So if I really want to do something, I make sure it’s the only thing I focus on. Once I get it sorted and I think I have it figured out, then I can start exploring other things.
I think this works not only for starting a blog but for anything that needs devotion, time and attention. Don’t try to do more than one thing at a time.
This is not exactly earth shattering revelation. But it’s very easy to over look. As I count down to the final days of this project, I keep asking myself what would have happened if I never started this project. The answer, nothing. The 1000 days will pass anyway. Did I know where I would be on day 984 when I started this project 2 and half years ago? Nope.
Today I am sitting in an airport lounge in Cairo. Waiting for my connecting flight to Toronto in about 4 hours and I could help but imagine how easy it it seems to write everyday only because I started this project.
I am not sure what I am going to next as many people have asked me. But whatever it is, I hope I can just start and deal with the details later. To do great things, we have to start with the little things. It’s always hard, but we have to start.