On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.
Bottom line is I'm not comfortable writing about myself. In an effort to get over that discomfort, today I have committed to making an attempt to write about myself. The reasons for this are still formulating in my mind, but I've decided to move forward with this plan without analyzing it to death which would definitely result in the immediate stoppage of this foolhardy plan of mine.
To help me do this I agreed to participate in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. The idea is to use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. Each day they post a prompt from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide me on my writing journey. This should be interesting. Don't be shy about checking back to see how I'm doing and to leave a comment or thought of your own.
Day 13 - Prompt authored by Ashley Ambirge - "Surprise"
I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Think of a time when you didn’t think you were capable of doing something, but then surprised yourself. How will you surprise yourself this week?
A couple years ago I made up my mind to lose some weight and get myself in shape. I woke up one day and looked around me. I saw I was not getting any younger. I also saw my kids were not getting any younger. I just decided it was time to get this done and when I put my mind to something, it gets done.
I must say though, in the back of my head was this nagging thought that this effort would be a waste of time. After all, I'd been on every diet there was from Slim Fast to Weight Watchers to The South Beach Diet. All these diets worked, for a period of time. I realized these diets worked until I sabotaged my own efforts by my own thoughts. My prior failures were my own fault. I couldn't blame the people around me or the circumstances at the time. My failure was on me.
This time I was determined to succeed, no matter what. And I did. Today I have kept all the weight I lost off and I've even lost more and continue to lose weight. This was definitely a time I thought I wasn't capable, and surprised myself.
I am going to do my best to surprise myself this week by getting a new client or scheduling an important prospecting meeting.