I'm in a blog challenge.
This challenge is supposed to help me write something every day for seven days. And the goal is to help build a consistent writing habit to explore my ideas, to determine how I can help people, and to build an online brand. So be prepared, if I write, I’m likely to either post on Facebook or send out my blog via email (or both).
I find myself questioning why I even signed up for this. It seems to me that I already do a fair amount of writing. I write a weekly email and send it out as my “Friday Inspiration.” I write out my talks even if I am not bringing the written talks with me as I speak each Sunday. So, why this?
And there will be prompts to help me write something. Today’s prompt: What really makes you angry about the world? To be honest, this prompt doesn't really fire up any of my creative juices.
But here is what it did make think about and wonder…why do we think someone else’s opinion is so much more valid than our own? Why would I bother reading anyone’s blog? Why would you bother reading mine? Why don’t we each tune into our own unique brilliance and follow that instead of doing what other people think we should do?
Not trusting our own brilliance does make me angry. And yet, if some guru or expert tells me I need to send out a newsletter no less than every two weeks, I do it. I have opted in, signed up, and enrolled in numerous programs to grow my coaching business and learn how to do it someone else’s way. And I assess my progress and success based on someone else’s way. What about my way?
I’ve done the same with Center for Positive Living Sedona. I have attended seminars, workshops, and purchased CDs on how to grow a spiritual center. I’ve bought books on growth strategies and even written business plans and strategic plans. And I assess my progress and success based on someone else’s way. What about my way?
Doing things someone else’s way makes me angry. And I do it anyway.
Some experts tell me I need to include value in my newsletters and blogs; you know, helpful steps and tips. And another expert told me I should just be myself and show my vulnerability. So, I decided I’d do both. Every other newsletter would be tips or hints and every other one would be more personal.
And then I get this in my inbox today from one of those same experts: she is blowing up her ezine. No more tips and tricks, but more of an insight into her soul. She’s tired of fitting into the very mold she created! What? You mean I should have listened to my own inner voice all along and written from the heart instead of offering all these tips? In my past newsletters, I’ve given the following tips (and these are just in the year 2012):
One of the places where I am brilliant is asking a lot of questions. And I can help you find your own brilliance through my questions. Maybe that will be my niche, those people who want help in uncovering their own brilliance (you already know what it is, of course, but it may be buried). I’m also going to begin tapping into my gifts of intuition and higher guidance to assist me in this.
I have two questions for you. What is your brilliance and what makes you angry? I’d love you hear your answers.
Stay tuned, and until next time
Have some fun, stay aware, and rock on!
Janet Kingsley is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients transform frustration to focus, confusion to clarity, and self-doubt to self-confidence.