When I challenged myself to take action every day for 100 consecutive days, my goal was to create a habit of walking the walk. I said I was going to take action. It didn’t occur to me to define what would count as an action.
Then, Kirsten asked me if that meant I was going to be working on my eBook every day.
I didn’t want to take on more than I could actually accomplish, and I know that it’s a struggle for me to work on the same project every single day. I also know that I’m overwhelmed by the scope of that particular project, and so I tend to avoid it. And I know that’s why I created this accountability campaign in the first place.
But I also know that my house is filled with unfinished projects. I know that creating a sense of home is important to me, and that means following through on my ideas for my family, our home, and our community. That means pulling my weight on the PTO committee, using my craft area to teach my daughter to sew, and finally hanging a few pictures on the wall (just as soon as I print those pictures.)
Those personal goals are just as important as professional ones.
I am, however, a master procrastinator. I have perfected the art of getting stuff done without making progress. I can cross off a dozen items on a to-do list and still not have moved forward in any meaningful way. I loathe busy work, but I’m very good at it when it’s a means of avoiding the hard stuff.
I didn’t want 100 days of busywork. I wanted 100 days of pushing myself to do the things I avoid, the things that come after the big idea. I want to take 100 steps towards my goals, my mission, my ideal version of myself.
That’s what a meaningful action is to me. It’s something that moves me closer as opposed to something that helps me maintain. While maintenance is a necessary and potentially beautiful part of life, it’s not the purpose of this personal challenge. The goal is forward motion.
And, yes, forward motion means working on that eBook. And keeping my promises to my kids and making changes in my home and strengthening roots in our new city.
I feel a bit like I’m fighting inertia right now, but I’m determined to keep moving forward.
One step at a time.