In December 2014, Baiju Solanki, a member of the Born To Global Community in London showed me Wordswag on his I Phone. Wordswag allows you to combine text and images and publish them easily to social media with a few key strokes from your phone.
I immediately downloaded it to my own shiny, fresh out of the box, I Phone 6.
Little did I know how pivotal downloading that app would be for me.
For nearly 20 years now, I have had an impulse to “write and publish,” and I sensed that impulse was broadening, but I didn’t know what new forms that impulse might take. By the end of 2014, I had written nine books, and I wrote occasional blogs and posted thoughts on social media a few times a week. I was showing up when I felt like it.
So I set my self a project on January 1st 2015. I was curious, “Did I have it in me to publish an inspiring thought every day on social media using Wordswag?” Did I have the discipline to beat my resistance and do it, and if I did publish every day, would people like it or feeling I was being pushy?
Well I did publish every day in January, and then managed every day in February too. To cut a long story short, in three days time, I will have published every day for 365 days. It has been such an empowering journey. Here is what I have learned about myself from this year long process:
- I do have it within me to write and publish myself every day. I have found that I always have something to say, and I have found the power to overcome my resistance and show up every day. It has become a discipline and a practice for me, a new habit.
- I have learned I can trust myself. In the past, I have sometimes felt unable to trust myself. I have said I will do something, and then I don’t always follow through, so I lost some faith in myself. This year, I have learned that I can trust myself to follow through, even when I don’t feel like following through. Even when my inner saboteur has been shrieking at me and saying, “No-one wants to hear from you today!” I have published. So I have a developed a new faith in my Self.
- I have evolved and been led to new chapters. As I developed the discipline of daily publishing, I also started “broadcasting.” I started creating a short two minute video each week day in September, and have put those out too. I also started publishing some of the poems I most love and what they have mean to me. It also led to me to write two new books this year, and I have lots of ideas for next year’s projects already.
- The messages have had an impact. Several new coaching clients who have hired me this year have expressed to me that they felt a resonance with the messages I had been publishing, and that was part of their decision to hire me. Many others have commented to me that they enjoy the messages I publish and broadcast.
- I feel a new sense of confidence and competence. I now feel a new sense of identity as a “publisher and broadcaster” and I also feel able to follow through on new ideas that I have. I have needed to learn new skills of image creation, video production and editing, and can quite quickly and easily turn my study into a temporary studio.
- I am experiencing a “new normal”. Publishing and broadcasting every day has become my new normal. A year ago, that thought was almost unimaginable to me, and the process has been personally transformative. Its led me to a new of sense of “personal mastery.”
So as a new year is about to begin, what practice, discipline or habit would you like to adopt that could be transformative for you in 2016?
I would love to hear