Friday, June 17, 2011

#Trust30 - Writing Prompt #7: Dare to be bold

I signed up to be part of this writing project by one of my favorite people on the internet, Seth Godin. It is called the Trust 30 Project.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey. 

 I am a few days behind so I will be catching up on the writing prompts by posting a few a day until I am caught up.

Here is the website if you want to learn more and join. Please let me know if you join so I can read your posts.


Dare to be bold by Matt Cheuvront

Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” - Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
(Author: Matt Cheuvront)

There are two things that I have always wanted to accomplish, but due to the mental walls that I have built up in my mind I have never been able to accomplish them.
1. Run a marathon
2. Write a book

the obstacles in my way are quite simple - myself. This is usually the case with 99% of the people in the world. We are the ones who hold ourselves back. The outside forces are all ones that we can easily overcome once we empower our minds and build up the self confidence to actually believing that we are capable of our dreams and goals.

My plan is already in the process. I am journaling my marathon journey on my blog to keep me aware of my process and to also hold me accountable as I share my struggles and triumphs with my readers. In terms of my book, I am working on some ideas here on the blog also titled, Getting It Done, in which I would like to eventually move the contents into book format. I have started them both and will see where it takes me. I am still working on stripping down the walls in my mind, but the walls are getting smaller every single day.
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