28-Day Writing Challenge
Using a constraint to free myself from constraints.
Today I am starting a 28-day writing challenge:
My goal is to spend one hour a day writing a 300-500 word article for the next 28 days.
I am imposing this constraint on myself to free myself of another constraint:
Caring what other people think about me.
Here’s the truth: I care too much about what you think of me because I am trying to get more clients.
I want to sound smart, accomplished, and competent, like someone you’d want to work with.
And I’m afraid that if I am too honest, too vulnerable, too me, then you will not consider hiring me to help you grow your business.
But I know that I am wrong.
I know that if I am my genuine self, the people who are attracted to me will be the exact kind of people I want to work with and that I can help the most.
It’s not going to be easy, though.
I’ve always struggled with my self-image.
From the days of getting teased on the playground by Karl.
I learned to push through it and put on a good face, even though I worried about what others would think of me, sure they wouldn’t like me if they knew who I “really” was.
I excelled as a student, then in my work when I had a job, and thought I was excelling as an entrepreneur while building a hotel in Colombia.
Until reality crashed in on me and I learned we were a year behind schedule on construction and needed to raise $2 million more than we thought.
For the first time in my life, I had to deal with the real possibility of complete failure.
I pushed through that with my partners and we eventually opened the hotel.
But that image of myself as the good student, the good worker, the good leader, the good entrepreneur - was damaged.
I’ve written about some of my failings, and some of the circumstances that have made building my solo business as a marketing strategist and business coach a challenge.
But since I haven’t reached a greater level of success in my own business, I hold back from being too open.
How can I go out there and tell others I can help them if I’m facing challenges getting my own business to grow?
Even now, I almost wrote some things about how I have really been successful so a prospect who reads this would think more highly of me.
So here I am, at the end of the time set for writing.
I started this challenge because I want to become a better writer and because I want to attract people to me who I want to work with and who want to work with me.
And because I want to be me, online and offline.
I want to lose the constraints that have held me back (me caring what you think) and use a positive constraint (a commitment to publish original, thoughtful content daily, and do so in less than an hour a day) to build the kind of business I want to work on every day for the pure joy of it, with people I enjoy working with.
If you like me, great. I want to get to know you better and help you in any way I can.
If you don’t, well, you can be on your way, and good luck to you.