THOUGHTS

Writing every day is an Olympic sport

Karen Downton
Mar 5 · 4 min read
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Each day this year so far I’ve been writing here on Medium as a new year's resolution and promise to myself.

Taking it day by day is what’s working for me. I never set out with unrealistic expectations of myself. It’s all about knowing what works for me and what doesn’t.

I’m not a spontaneous person. I discovered that when I was studying project management in 2017 and loved how there was so much structure with planning.

The Planning Process: Five Essential Steps

  • Step 1 — Establish Your Objectives. To navigate the road, you must first map out your destination. …
  • Step 2 — Determine Your Investment Style. …
  • Step 3 — Evaluate Investments. …
  • Step 4 — Choose an Appropriate Investment Plan. …
  • Step 5 — Execute and Periodically Examine the Plan.

And there are also five rings in the Olympic emblem.

I have so much deep appreciation for the behind-the-scenes of a finished product. Take movies, for example, we see approximately a two-hour movie. But what we don’t see is the months of preparation, casting, rehearsals, finding locations, and putting it all together to what we end up watching.

I love watching DVDs that have the making of or the director's commentary because it just makes me appreciate a movie so much more than seeing something that’s two hours long.

Writing every day silences self-doubt and the voices of the past to me. It’s sad that people who don’t understand someone else's journey in life are very quick to pass judgment and infuse their own thoughts and fears onto someone who is following a goal in life.

It often says more about the other person than ourselves when people express their opinion on what we do.

That feeling of moving forward is what keeps me moving. And writing each day has helped me with writing prompts too.

Writing prompts are like an Olympic diver using a springboard to produce their dive. Without that springboard, they would have nothing to produce their dive or at least produce the height of their entry to the water to achieve their result.

An Olympic diver athlete knows how they are going to execute their dive before they do it. They’ve planned and trained for that moment.

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Last year when I officially joined medium in January, I admit I was writing sporadically and therefore not really planning my writing and allowing self-doubt and writer's block to take over.

It hasn’t been up until this year with writing every day that I can see the results coming in.

My self-doubt is silenced, my writing has started to be chosen for further distribution also known as curation, and my income is increasing each month.

I can feel every article I write each day is part of the path of my journey, and each brick tells a story.

I’ve been reading this story today, I’m only sorry I didn’t see it sooner. Thank you 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘊.

I love how she has mapped out days of the week of something to write about with questions. And although it’s not every day, I think it’s a great start to really get those creative writing juices going.

Monday: How can I cut through the noise and get to what’s important?

Wednesday: How can I balance the conflicting areas of my life?

Friday: How can I silence my inner critic?

Bonus question: What is the theme of my journey this month

Of course, you don’t have to use these as your own writing prompt, you can create your own. Last year I thought of using fortune cookies and the little messages inside them which also helped if I was stuck for ideas on what to write about.

I’ve lived with depression for a number of years now, specifically since 2003, and so for me, I need that combination of medication plus a to-do list each day so I have that purpose to get up each morning, and for me that works really well.

And writing here on Medium has given me something to do one day at a time too.

It’s given me a purpose, plus a little side income which is just an extra bonus.

So here I am, on purpose.

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References

http://christianlaver.com/page/TPP_FIVE_ESSENTIAL_STEPS

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Karen Downton

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🏆Curated writer for RESONATES From Sydney Australia 🇦🇺

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