Spring time is here !
Isn’t it the perfect season for rejuvenation, realignment and realization of what we can truly achieve?
As it is the beginning of a new month, let me apprise you of my performance in my Power of Everyday challenge for February, what I learnt from it, and what challenge I am planning to undertake for the month of March.
The two challenges for February were :
1) Write and Publish a blog Everyday (9/28)
2) Write a page about an Object Everyday (17/28)
As evident from my blogging frequency, one could tell that I hadn’t been the most productive last month.
This has been my most dismal performance so far, with just a 33% success rate. However, on closer inspection, I realized why this isn’t that bad a record.
When I looked closer at the frequency of my posting, I realized that even though I was not showing up for many days at a stretch, I came back and tried to start again.
Had I posted blogs for 9 days in a row and then stopped altogether, even if the success percentage would still be 33% , It would have reflected that I had given up on the exercise after a point.
But this month, I tried posting even after I took long breaks in between. Post dates ( Feb 1, 2 , 3, 4, 6, 16, 18, 19, 25)
Even for the second task, while I had a 60% success rate, I tried to keep up the consistency, and not get demoralized after a few days of inactivity.
Dates when I succeeded in writing a page about an object a day ( Feb 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ,8, 9, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 ,23, 24, 26)
So, even though I want not successful at completing either of the task, I learned that I still wanted to come back and try again.
I realized that just as much as consistency matters in cultivating a habit, so does resilience.
The act of showing up again, even after a few days of lull, is still a valuable sign.
For the second activity, I have written about objects as diverse as a blackboard, a microphone, a wallet, a table, a toothbrush, a pressure cooker, a football, a blanket, a curtain, a bulb, bricks, airplanes, televisions, a zipper, a cup, shoes, a pen….
As mundane as these objects seemed to me, once I started to write about them, I realized how alive they actually are!
The exercise enlivened my imagination to an extent and helped find new metaphors to relate with these objects.
A brick, red, as if it has borrowed the color from the fire in the kiln…
A blanket hibernates in the summers…
A wallet, a safe, that manages to contain a person’s worth and identity…
A wineglass lends the wine much of its panache…
These are just a few metaphors I could come up with while writing about objects. I might not have come up with these had I not taken up the Power of Everyday project.
The beauty of the Power of Everyday project is that it is a self defined, self monitored activity. The nature and magnitude of the challenge can be chosen as it suits an individual.
This month, my Power of Everyday challenge is about confronting a fear that I have had for a long time.
Facing a Camera.
This month, every single day, I am going to record a five minute video of myself speaking on camera.
I will keep you posted about my progress every weekend.
I hope you find enough value in my proposal and choose a power of everyday challenge for yourself.
It’s always fun to do this with other friends who share the same vision of self evolution.
I hope to hear about your challenges and progress along the way.
Until I write again,
I wish you great month ahead.
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