Well, it happened. I missed a day by not posting yesterday. The thing is, I didn't even realize until I was already in bed ready to go to sleep. I'd actually considered getting up and going to post at least something.
But, I wanted to avoid an argument with my wife before it even started, so I settled in and went fast to sleep. Today required me to really think about what missing a day of posting meant. First, it meant not keeping my word to myself and to anyone who may be reading these posts.
That by itself didn't sit well with me. This feeling had me taking some time today to think about what happened, why, and what it really meant. Then, something occurred to me.
What occured to me was that, yes, I did miss a day. It does mean that 100 days of posting every day in a row isn't going to happen. However, it doesn't mean I can't still post for 100 days.
At the risk of rationalizing, I dove deeper into this. What came to mind was that although I missed a day, I still have a chance to keep posting every day for the rest of my challenge. That means that even though I stumbled, I can still finish strong. In a challenge like this, I think even finishing at all says something.
Not satisfied with this realization, I went even further. I equated this to all endeavors and life in general. What I came up with was that when I finish this challenge, I won't look back only at the day I missed. I'll likely look at the days I didn't miss, and give some time, a fraction overall, to the day I did miss.
This means that no matter where we are in life, it's never too late to finish. It's never too late for us to write the story of our lives that we want for ourselves. Not in the made up sense, but in the action and accomplishment sense.
If I want to be remembered a certain way, it's not too late for me to "write" that story so that when I leave this Earth, the story I wrote for myself was through the actions I took to be remembered in that certain way.
Whether it's a slow start, no start (yet), of a start without a finish, we can still write the story we want for ourselves. This makes the finish and the journey as a whole that got us there is so much more important that the stumbles and the mistakes.
I never like to let myself off the hook too easy, so I'm not one to just let these realizations be an excuse for me to stop trying. The story can only be written when the there's a journey and a destination has been reached. There can be many journeys, and several destinations, but I won't get the story of either one unless I take action on both.
It's weekly accountability time:
Weekly Accountability for May 31st, 2019
This Week's Goals (31 May 2019)
- Enroll in that darn copywriting course! (So overdue)
- Actually do some decluttering (Overdue)
- Branstorm value propositions (Overdue)
- Continue to apply realistic expecations to my everyday dealings and surroundings [Complete - and much less stressed when out in public]
Next Week's Goals (7 June 2019)
- Enroll in that darn copywriting course!
- Actually do some decluttering
- Branstorm value propositions
- Continue to apply realistic expecations to my everyday dealings and surroundings
Goals For The Month of May
- Complete half of my copywriting course (Failed)
- Define business niche and create ideal client profile (Failed)
- Establish content strategy for upcoming business writing service website (Failed)
- Made at least 4 contacts for upcoming business writing service (Failed)
- Solidified professional freelance profiles for LinkedIn, Upwork, etc. (Failed)
- Continue 100 Day Writing Challenge (Failed, but not quitting)
Goals For The Month of June
- Complete half of my copywriting course
- Define business niche and create ideal client profile
- Establish content strategy for upcoming business writing service website
- Made at least 4 contacts for upcoming business writing service
- Solidified professional freelance profiles for LinkedIn, Upwork, etc.
- Continue 100 Day Writing Challenge
Short Term Goals (within 6 months)
- Complete a professional copywriting course by July 1st, 2019
- Become a professional business and copywriter by August 1st, 2019 (by obtaining first paying client)
- Establish processes for lead capturing
- Develop client experience workflow from prospect to final delivery of product
Long Term Goals (a year or longer)
- Be able to quit day job and go full time freelance by December 31st, 2020
What Went Right This Week
- Capped off a great 5-day weekend with my wife
- Kept up with work load and pace despite being out for two days this week
- Used my coping mechanisms rooted in Stoicism and having realistic expectations to remain calm all week
What Can Be Done Better Next Week
- Strive to get more done each workday
- Be more deliberate with each day and plan for the next day the night before
- Do something that will get me closer to achieving my overdue weekly goals.