Show up & ship: the Your Turn Challenge

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And only when you get off your arse and show up.

You know when a sign hits you over the head with a smack and wakes you right up?

That just happened to me.

I blogged every day last week. And I was super proud of that. And I planned to keep it going this week.

Until a case of the Mondays, and a slew of really amazing writing passed across my screen. Inspiring and clever writing like this piece by Mark Manson: The Most Important Question of Your Life.

And this, on the Myth of Perfection, by Susannah Conway.

And this, by Courtney Martin, on the Sacred Inefficiencies of a Very Human Life.

Cue the self-doubt. I got a major case of …

The not-good-enoughs.

The I’ll-never-write-like-thems.

The why-do-I-bother-anyways.

And then, like a whack on the side of the head (great book, by the way, which is why there’s an affiliate link there, just so you know), or a tap of a magic wand, I found the Your Turn Challenge. A product of Winnie Kao, the Special Projects Lead for the incomparable Seth Godin.

So here I am. Writing a post.

Yeah, it’s a post about posting. Which feels a little like cheating. But it’s also about how sometimes we just have to shove the crappy thoughts about ourselves that take up residence in our mind aside and produce anyway.

Here’s to, as Seth would say, shipping. Every. Single. Day.

Here’s to, as my yoga teacher Jessica would say, showing up. Every. Single. Day.

Here’s to, as I’m going to say, courage. Every. Single. Day.

 

(This is my Day 1 contribution to the Your Turn Challenge. Read others’ contributions and learn more here.)

2 Comments
  • Susannah Conway
    January 20, 2015

    I think this too — the why-do-I-bothers? Have done since the first day I started blogging nine years ago. But I keep posting anyway — it’s like a compulsion 😀 xxx

    • kirsten
      January 20, 2015

      And I adore your work, Susannah, so it’s a good push to keep going! I have to say, after blogging all last week, and starting this process this week, I’m getting flooded with ideas for posts, so I have a feeling I’ve got my own compulsion now. (Write, write, write! Now, now, now!) Best.

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