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500 Words and Writin’

It’s a new year, a new dawn, a new day. Time to get writing.

Writing is something that I have always wanted to do more of. I enjoy it tremendously but find excuses not to do it. After scouring my twitter feed this morning I found many great articles and posts about making 2014 “the year”.

I find that many posts are all talk with no accountability. The kind of things we all think are great ideas but rarely actually get done. I want to get some shit done this year.

One post that jumped out at me was a writing challenge thrown down by Jeff Goins. The challenge is to write 500 words a day for the next 31 days. Seems simple enough but I find it challenging just to jot down these very words.

As I stare at the word count grow in my WordPress dashboard and realize how far away from 500 words I actually am, it reminds me of my first crossfit class I took a few days ago.

If you’re not familiar with crossfit, think of it as a high intensity cross training fitness program. The class starts out basic enough with fundamental stretches and moves including jump roping, push ups, sit ups, squats, etc. It progresses from there and the class ends with the workout of the day or “WOD”.

Here is how the WOD relates to writing this post. The WOD consists of multiple reps of various exercises such as 30 push ups, 20 sit ups, 10 pull ups, and so on. The idea is to get through the entire workout, completing all of the reps, regardless of how long it takes to complete.

During my WOD, I struggled to get through the entire workout. It was my first crossfit class, let alone the only fitness activity I have done in years. I was exhausted, ready to give up, and call it quits.

While hunched over and ready to pass out, I kept staring at the little whiteboard that has the workout routine written out in order of sequence. 30 push ups, 20 sit ups, 10 pull ups…

Right at that moment my trainer calls me out. “How many more?”, he said. “Let’s go, let’s get it done.”

Somehow I managed to complete the workout. My time sucked but I felt great about accomplishing the task at hand. I also realized that it helps when you have someone pushing you, holding you accountable to finish.

So here I am in the homestretch of writing this post and completing my first 500 word writing challenge. I’m trying to focus on finishing this post as opposed to the next 30 days that will follow.

Baby steps. One foot in front of the other until we get there. The tree that was once a seed. All of these mental reminders keep my fingers moving forward, typing one word after the next.

As with crossfit, I can only hope writing gets easier. But just like crossfit, I’m excited to go back and try it again because the sense of accomplishment far exceeds the temporary pain.

Happy New Year!

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