It’s been exactly 12 days since my last post. Compared to last month, when I was pumping a post out everyday, this is a sad representation of my productivity potential. Fortunately, I know that I am being just as productive, but the medium of my expression has shifted temporarily.
Overall, the last two months has been extraordinarily productive for me, as far as writing is concerned. Last month (really April/May) I was involved in the 30 day blog challenge, organized by Connie Green – @ConnieGreen , Build Your Online Empire – In this challenge, over 50 bloggers committed to writing a blog post of at least 150 words, everyday, for 30 consecutive days.
I know within myself, that I would not have done this on my own. And once I had publicly made the commitment, knowing that there was a group of people expecting to see a post from me everyday, there was no turning back. Connie’s challenge, although posed to the group became personal for me. I had to prove to myself, I could meet the challenge.
Since my involvement in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, my followers on Twitter has grown by over 300, Before starting a blog and joining the challenge, it took me a year to get 100 followers.
The goal that I set for myself is indeed extraordinary, for I would never have challenged myself to accomplish, what I am accomplishing right now as part of this project.
My goal for the end of this project was to launch a new business venture from just an idea and book at least one public speaking engagement. To my surprise, by week three I had already booked 2 (one I have already fulfilled) and have commitments for two more.
The amount of content I have produced- from written goals and weekly task, web content, to white papers, surveys, and USP’s (and occasional blog post) and execution- calls, written correspondence, follow up, in the last four weeks, is unusual for me.
I have always been a mood writer. I write when the spirit moves me. But the purpose of having a coach, is to learn how to encourage, train and harness the power of the spirit. To move out of your comfort zone and into The Outer Limits. To be on the edge and allow yourself to become intimate with your un-comfort zone.
This is what we do as fitness coaches and personal trainers. We challenge people to Show Up, Step Up and Shake Up their usual routine. Coaches and trainers create challenging situations and allow their clients to experience and overcome discomfort.
This proves to them that they are capable of not only getting through it, but rising above it. In the process they realize that discovering the flexibility of their perceived limitations, can also be a lot of fun. As they meet their health and fitness goals, that reward is the fuel that feeds their fire for greater challenges and higher expectations for themselves.
Many times, people hire coaches and trainers, not because they have know idea what to do. They hire us because they have no idea how to get themselves to do it.
If you want to do more than you are doing, produce more than your are producing, reach higher than you are reaching, I suggest you find a coach/trainer that specializes in the area of performance you’re involved in. Whether it’s in business, health, sports, relationships or whatever, the expertise, accountability and encouragement of a coach will go a long way.
Let them be the fire underneath your feet and the blazers of your path, until running becomes your preferred means of travel.
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