500 Words A Day – A Daily Habit

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

In this saying, Gandhi stated that habits could lead you to your destiny. Of course, you must first believe that you can create that habit. I recently blogged about Jeff Goins’ webinar on how to be a prolific writer. From that webinar I learned that many writers feel they are fake. I feel that I’m a hypocrite.

There is great power in habits. Doing something repeatedly will give you an identity. In your mind, habits give you the right to be someone. In this case — being a writer.

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I Was Not Able To Wake-Up

This quite comic and embarrassing to admit that I was not able to wake-up to watch the live webinar.  I put my mobile phone on alarm at 3:30am. In the place where I lived (in the Philippines) that webinar is supposed to start at 4am.

I came from an important event and I really had a little time to sleep. So you might already guess what happens. The alarm has been just enough to wake me up for a couple of minutes. I came back to life by five in the morning, the time the webinar was finished.

Keep Checking The Email

I have faith in Jeff. I know the link to the replay will be sent to my email. I regret that I really missed valuable insights that would help me to be a better writer. True enough, I got the link a day after the live webinar.

After Watching The Replay

Writing a blog is quite a challenge for me. Watching the replay version gave me a feeling of mixed emotions. I felt excitement and anxiety at the same time. Jeff challenged the audience to start a habit of free-writing of at least 500 words a day.

After watching the replay, I post that link on Facebook. I’m somehow announcing to the world that I’m up to the challenge. I don’t get a single “Like” as of this writing. That was more than four hours ago, which means a long time in cyber space. Getting zero “Like” quite say something. I started to feel that I’m some kind of freak.

While watching the video, I said to my sister that I want to be a writer. She just said “Ang dami mo naman gustong gawin (You like to do a lot of things)” and I don’t know if that is an affirmation. I’m not really outspoken to people about this being a writer that I want to pursue. Actually, I had self-doubts. This is more psychological than physical. So maybe I’m being too shallow to think that having zero “Likes” means they hate me that I’m doing not-so-like-me kind of stuffs.

Besides, I’m an electrical engineer. Why the heck would I want to write? Especially topics that have nothing to do math formulas, principles and theories? What does writing have to do with electricity? 

Maybe Jeff is right when he said in the video that affirmation will come later. But, I can still feel the pain when insecurity kicks hard.

The 500 Words A Day Challenge

I know that I can’t explain myself enough to people. Do I really have to? I do have some hints that if I continue doing this then I can be someday, someone who I won’t regret becoming. The nagging voices tells me that I supposedly finding a decent job even if part-time while waiting for work abroad. That’s another story.

I’ll do this challenge afraid. I’m up for this. Fear should be credited for keeping me from trouble. But, not too much credit or else, I will not be able to create something worthwhile.

What Makes A Writer?

“There’s nothing to stop a man from writing unless that man stops himself. If a man truly desires to write, then he will. Rejection and ridicule will only strengthen him. And the longer he is held back the stronger he will become, like a mass of rising water against a dam. There is no losing in writing, it will make your toes laugh as you sleep, it will make you stride like a tiger, it will fire the eye and put you face to face with death. You will die a fighter, you will be honored in hell. The luck of the word. Go with it, send it.”

~Charles Bukowski

In the video, Jeff talks about the tools that can help you a better writer. I also blogged about my two favorite writing tools. I learned more tools from that video to improve my writing.

Tools are important. Tools does not make you a writer though. So what makes a writer? That he writes. Obvious, isn’t it?

Here’s The Replay

From tomorrow and the days to come, expect more of my blogposts as part of creating a daily writing habit. You can click this link if you want to watch the replay of the webinar.

You will learn the four steps to building a daily writing habit. You will also learn Jeff’s recommended tools.

I emailed Jeff if it is okay to share this link in my blog. He replied via automated message that he did received my email, but he can’t just possibly reply. Given the number of his followers, I completely believed in him. I doubt that he would not want me to share the link though. He is a gift-giver. I just want to honor him for sharing his great knowledge.

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