Alright, I did it. Well, technically not yet.
But by the time I finish this post, I will have arrived.
50k in 60 days.
That was never my actual goal, but it’s pretty much what happened.
In reality, I wrote over 50k in 63 days.
The actual goal was 400 words per day until I reached 40,000 words.
As it turns out, I love to write. Once I start, I just get into a flow.
So I ended up writing over double that every single day.
Over 800 words per day, every single day. I didn’t miss a day in over two months.
And guess what? Now I have a 200 page book out of it.
You’ll be seeing that book shortly. But, for now, I just want to shed a little bit of light on this goal and what it has meant to me.
First of all, 50,000 words in two months really isn’t that impressive.
But it’s easily do-able.
The reason I did it is because I had a friend of mine who proposed the challenge.
He wanted to write a book. It’s been something he’s always wanted to do. And it’s something that will be a direct benefit to his entrepreneurial career in finance.
So he said, “Hey, D, I know you write books…I was wondering if you’d like to help keep me accountable by writing 400 words per day, every day, until we have a book’s worth of writing.”
I was hesitant at first, but something inside called me to do it.
So I agreed.
We both committed to a weekly check-in where we would disclose our performance for that week.
He did it for the first two weeks. Then he gave up.
I, of course, don’t give up on shit like that. I can’t. I am way too familiar with defeat and what giving up does to a person.
When you give up, it steals more from you than you may ever fully know.
So this is why I continued the goal, regardless of his performance. The point is that I made a commitment to myself just as much as I did to him.
So I kept it.
And every week that rolled by, I updated him with my word count and the fact that I hadn’t missed a day.
How did I go over two months without missing a day?
It’s very simple.
Easy, in fact.
My secret is that I didn’t go to sleep until I had the article written.
You can set your mind to any goal that’s just like this.
All you have to do is not go to sleep until you’ve done what you said you were going to do.
Seriously. How easy is that?
Did you do your goal? Yes? Then you can go to sleep.
Did you do your goal? No? Then do it…then go to sleep.
Easy as pie.
Now, granted, many nights it sucked. But it only sucked for a little bit. Once I got into the flow, it really didn’t matter any more.
We build things up to be so big in our heads — so much bigger than they actually are — that we end up causing ourselves way more pain than is necessary.
Right now it’s 3am. And I am writing this article.
Sure, I’d like to go to bed. But I’m so pumped at having accomplished my goal that I am totally content sitting here telling you this story.
This has been a magnificent experience for me.
I have gained so many things. My writing has definitely improved and I feel as though I have been able to better find my voice and speak my heart.
Writing is a gateway to one’s soul.
When you write, you discover things about yourself and about reality that you may never have discovered otherwise.
And when you hold yourself accountable to a writing goal, something even more magical happens: you find things to write about.
I don’t think I ever spent more than 1-2 minutes thinking about what to write about. And, on many days, I already knew what to write before I even began…sometimes immediately after finishing an article, I would come up with a kernel of inspiration for the next day.
When you’re engaged in a daily writing goal, you begin to see things jump out at you in real life.
Things you may not ever have noticed will all of a sudden begin glowing like quest items…causing you to think about them…to interact with them…and to share them with yourself via blank canvas.
If you’ve never done a writing challenge, do it.
Do it once before you die!
Because it’s fun, it’s rewarding, and it is incredibly illuminating.
I think I’ve learned more about myself in these last couple months than perhaps the entire year before that. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but it sure does feel like it.
And I will experience these rewards for the rest of my life, as successes have a funny way of building on themselves.
I get to keep this experience…for the rest of my life.
And I now get to share it with others…for the rest of my life.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
And now that I’ve written a book’s worth of words, I am going to publish a book. And I’ll have that book forever.
AANNDDD…the book is going to make me money on top of that.
So there’s like a never-ending supply of words, all because I took 30-40 minutes to write every day. How cool is that!?
But, honestly…I’m really looking forward to one thing in particular: mailing a copy of the book to my friend and dedicating it to him.
Because although I’m totally unimpressed with his commitment, I still owe this to him. Without him, I wouldn’t have found this challenge.
His failure was my gift. And I appreciate that.
And, maybe…just maybe, seeing this book…holding it in his hands…might make him re-think his decisions, get back on the horse, and get that book churned out.
And, maybe…just maybe, seeing this book might do the same for you.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to do some sort of challenge, whether it’s writing, singing, dancing, or drinking water. And maybe this post might inspire you to do that.
Remember that it’s not hard.
All you have to do is not go to sleep until it’s done. That’s it.
The catch is that you can’t miss a day.
If you miss a day you’re boned.
You can’t miss one day. That’s the only secret.
It’s like the opposite of giving up a serious addition…if you fail one day, your chances of failing a second day go up to 99%. And if you fail two days, you’ll fail forever until you get the chance to do it again. But even if you decide to do it again later down the road, you’ve already destroyed a part of your self.
When you fail at a goal that you have control over, then a piece of you dies. You lose trust in yourself. You lose faith in yourself. Your confidence decreases. You become weaker.
This is why it is important to never miss a day.
Not even one day.
P.S. That’s my Razer keyboard pictured in this post. It’s rainbow. Chroma. And it kicks ass. If you want one, you can buy it directly from Amazon by clicking here. I’ve never typed faster in my life.