My 100th Blog In 100 Days and 5 Things I’ve Learned Along the Way.
Today marks my 100th in case you’re maths savvy; this blog is not my 100th, it is my 100th blog in 100 days.
I started to up my blogging skills following an event where Seth Godin was a guest speaker. During the open Q&A, someone asked Seth how he became such an industry expert and trusted voice on marketing in the social media space. To shortened Seth’s answer, he said he reads every day and writes and Blogs every day.
A little background on who Seth Godin is, Seth has written 18 books. Following his sale of Yoyodyne a company he built from an idea to Yahoo! for about $30 million, he became Yahoo’s vice president of direct marketing and today is considered a leading voice in permission marketing and the idea of Tribes.
I figured, hmm Seth seems to know what he is talking about and he is a few million ahead of me in the twitter follower game, maybe I should test what he says. After all, it makes sense, reading every day adds value to me and blogging adds value to others and when you add value to others, they start down the path of know like and trust.
When I got home and unpacked, and before the big tent event rush wore off I knew I needed to get into action. If I didn’t commit to something, all that I had learned would go into the file cabinet and just sit and gather dust for the great someday day.
And so it starts
On March 27, 2017, I committed to writing a daily blog and one video blog to my Facebook live page. Crazy I know. The first question, after beating back the demons of doubt and fear, became content “What am I going to write and speak about each day?” “Where am I going to get my ideas?”. Mind you at the time I was asking myself that question; I had well over 200 books on the subject of Leadership, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Parenting, Business Growth, Coaching and Success within 4 feet of me. I had built and sold 3 successful business and traveled around the world and back. Not counting the life time of experience. Yet I was scared I had nothing to say or share.
When we know the why the how and what comes into focus ~ Coach Eric G Reid
I was lost and overwhelmed and I had not even started. I knew as a coach the next best step would be to take a minute and slow down and get back to my WHY. The WHY behind why I was committing to doing this 100 Blogs in a 1oo day self-imposed challenge. After some “homework” I realized what I wanted to do was add value to others and inspire them to become their best. I wanted others to Live a Life With Success and for them to know that they had value and purpose. Understand that everything I do as a coach, mentor, speaker and now a writer is to Inspire others to find their passion and purpose Energize others to live each day as a success and Empower other to build the tools and strategies needed for lasting change. As soon as the WHY became clear the HOW unfolded.
Adding value to me
One way to add value to me was to read. Reading has always been a struggle for me. I have a form of Auditory Processing Disorder./ Dyslexia For me that means that I have a hard time breaking apart sounds. Not only background sounds from conversations but sounds within words. The whole long e short i made no sense to me in school. I often tested high on IQ tests but fell behind in school because of the extra time it required me to read instructions and retain the information. Reading math word problems ~ Nightmare. All of this led to me struggling in all things language in school. I was labeled the kid that could not spell his name, the truth I often write Georgia instead of George. To give you an idea of the challenge the blogging was going to create, I store words as pictures not sound so if the first few letters match the picture in my head I just “A.D.D.” out and think the whole word is correct. This makes for a very very long day of spell checking and rechecking and rechecking. On average a 1000words should take 30 mins. For me on average 2 hours. Getting back to the big Why. I knew I had to add value to me to add value to other, so I had to commit to reading no matter the challenge. And I did. As of today, I have read (not audiobook):
- Learning From the Giants ~ John C Maxwell
- Wild at Heart ~ John Eldredge
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success ~ Deepak Chopra
- Purple Cow ~ Seth Godin
- Challenging Coaching ~ John Blakey & Ian Day
- The Brazen Serpent ~ Timothy Swiney
- Intentional Living ~ John C Maxwell
- The 15 Invaluable Laws ~ John C Maxwell
- 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management ~ Hyrum W. Smith
- Think and Grow Rich ~ Napoleon Hill
- Lead Like A Superhero ~ Sebastien Richards
- No Excuses ~ Brain Tracy
- Exponential Living ~ Sheri Riley
- The Yogi Code ~ Yogi Cameron
- Find Your Playlist ~ Matthew Cybulski
That is 3,256 pages of reading in the last 100 days. Why? By adding value to myself, I would be able to add value to others. How? I committed and prioritized my day to read no less than 20 pages a day. I also decided to listen to no less than 3 hours of coaching/teaching/podcast a week (60+ hours in 100 days) along with tons of blog reading. My mentor John C Maxwell teaches in the 15 Invaluable Laws, In the Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value In Yourself To Add Value To Yourself. I had to first see my value as a coach, speaker, writer before I would agree to add value to myself. Law 15 in the same book The Law of Contribution says Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others. Growing others was what the 100 in a 1o0 was all about.
What Do I Know Now
5 Things I’ve Learned From Committing to 100 in 100 days.
When it comes to achieving anything worthwhile, consistency is probably the most important trait. Consistency demonstrates commitment, motivation, and discipline. Consistency builds trust. Consistency is so very important because you learned exactly when to expect an article from me, and when that expectation is met, trust is built.
Like anyone who puts themselves out there. I have had countless spelling and grammar errors pointed out. I have walked away from a day of writing thinking I nailed it only to be politely told that I used witch in place of which or there in place of theirs. It’s been very few and far between, but it doesn’t feel good when it happens.It brings back all those old demons and doubts for school. It would have been and very easy to give up but I’m confident in what I believe in. Thank you for those that had the courage to guide me with encouragement and support. There is a big difference between feedback and finger pointing. Leaders know feedback is about growth. Thank you, leaders, in my life.
There is a certain power that comes with putting yourself out there. It still makes me feel good when people tell me they I did something that they are dreaming of doing. I now know that I have what it takes to step over a line that other only dream of crossing. I have accepted that my DNA is made up of risk taking.I’m not afraid to put myself out there and have a chance at bat. The knowledge I’ve gained from preparing for each blog and Facebook live and feedback I’ve received has built my confidence.
Developing discipline is easy. You just need to find what motivates you, what you value highly, and tap into that. I’m motivated by being known as an outstanding coach, speaker, writer in my niche of Success and Lifestyle and Leadership. Along the way, I discovered that I am also excited and motivated to create a successful online business and help others do the same. When I combine this with my desire to add value to others and helping them learn to Live Life With Success, Daily, it’s easy to develop the discipline required to be consistent with this blog and the daily Lives.
Writing has been such a great opportunity to develop my knowledge. Because I’ve been consistent, resilient, confident and disciplined, I’ve had a great opportunity to learn new things about business and personal growth, leadership, mindset and online social media just to name a few. By committing to writing on a daily schedule, required me to research, read, remember and just track great content to share with others on a regular basis. Reading studies, watching videos and talking to people about the topics I write about, has expanded my knowledge. In the last week alone I have recorded 4 guest appearances on other Thinkers podcast and am excited to do more.
Yes, I will continue to write and develop content. Both in the Blog and Online Live. I think it might change a bit in style and content. I want to explore different writing styles and stories; I am not sure. I might relax a little on the list-easy blogs (the blog format that starts 5 things I learned eating chicken).Maybe a few more personal stories and some fun. We will see. One thing for sure there will be a number 200.
Man is by nature a social animal.” – Aristotle, Politics
I’ve tried several different strategies for promoting my Blog and my Facebook Live and the Radio show. From interacting with other online influencers on their blogs to writing articles about those influencers. I have shared, crossed posted, back linked and embedded. But one thing has remained the same. My desire to add value to others. So understand that “please like and share” is social medias way of saying there is value here you should try a bite of it, so to speak. Over the next 3 months, I will be taking all that I have learned over the last 100 days and amplifying it. And yes I will share that with you too. Why? I want to add value to you so you can design the life and business you want so you can Live Life With Success Daily.