Behind the Scenes: Documenting progress

I’ve been posting some of my writing every day for 2 weeks now, and I thought I would do a brief reflection of what I’ve learned and noticed about myself by writing every day for two weeks.

If you have always wanted to get into writing and you just haven’t made the leap yet, I highly recommend you try it. It’s hard, but worth it.

I want to improve my writing, I want to share my ideas and attract like-minded people, but I guess the overarching goal is to document my life so I can share it with anyone who might find some value or learn something from my experiences. I’ve always wanted to keep a daily journal, not so I could get my thoughts down necessarily, but so I could look back 10 years from now at that journal and understand who I was and how far I had come. Imagine the perspective you would have and the knowledge you could share with others if you documented your thoughts every day? How valuable would that be for your kids if you shared some of your written experience when they go through tough times? Imagine if Steve Jobs released a private journal of his thoughts so people could see what his day to day was like? I’m not saying that I am or that I even desire to be a Steve Jobs, just that documenting progress can be really valuable both introspectively and for others.

I fully expect to be a “success” as I define it, and documenting my process of struggling with starting a business, adding valuable content to people’s lives, but to ultimately realizing my full potential is really important to me, because when I DO make it, it will be so rewarding to help others understand that they can do it too.

This exercise has so far has begun to undermine and crumble two of my biggest flaws — I am incredibly impatient, and I have a paralyzing fear over what people think about me.

Creating a backlog of journal entries and content isn’t something that can or should be created overnight. The further and further I get into my life the more I realize how important it is to be patient. Overnight successes only appear that way — we don’t see the back end, which is the years of work put in that accumulated to a tipping point.

I thought releasing No Bullsh!t would finally release me of my fear of judgement, but it came back. I’ve realized that fear of judgement is something that has to be constantly worked on. After 2 weeks, I just create without thinking. I am open to people’s judgement, not frightened by it. I feel my self-esteem and confidence have actually improved, and I feel oddly liberated, not constricted by my decision to force myself to see this to the end.

There has been a noticeable difference in my writing, speaking, and reading quality since I started.

I don’t really care about the stats, views, and visitors, but it is cool to see how many people actually read what I write. Here’s a list of the top posts/pages with the views if you are interested in that kind of stuff.

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What was your favorite?

As you can tell my content is all over the place. Like, really all over the place. I talk about leadership, football, the economy, coaching, entrepreneurship… I have a lot of interests and I like writing about all of them.

But I want to know what you guys enjoy reading the most. If there’s a question you want to ask or a subject for an article you’d like me to delve into, I’m interested in what you think.

Thanks to those of you who have read — YOU DA REAL MVP(s).

Eric

One thought on “Behind the Scenes: Documenting progress

  1. Pingback: What I learned writing for 30 days straight. – Eric Fraser

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