OMG! My last post was in January, 2013. And that’s the third post including the auto-generated “Hello World!” when this domain was registered in March, 2011. Obviously, an average frequency of 0.333 posts per year for the last 6 years definitely isn’t enough to make me a blogger. A blogger wannabe, maybe.
But this can change. And it will. And here’s why …
In our family, we practise a wonderful annual yearend ritual, first initiated by my wife several years ago. The process is simple. We gather as a family, review the vision we have set for the year, reflect on the accomplishments and experiences that we are grateful for, and take turns to share out loud. And then, we craft a vision for the following year, starting with the ‘Top Ten’ list, share it, narrow down to the ‘BIG 3,’ and create a vision board to keep us on track.
Call it ‘Law of Attraction’ or ‘Power of Vision,’ the vision board has its magic. Last year, all three of Sean’s (my eldest son) vision came true! His proudest moment was when his team emerged champion in the national interschool floorball championship. As parents, my wife and I are super proud of and happy for him too. But I couldn’t say the same for myself, for I was still stuck at the second last step – picking my BIG 3.
I can’t help thinking that the Universe’s message for me was “Focus, focus, focus.” Ironically, my last post was titled “To enhance focus, speed up.” [Note to self: Read my own blog once in a while.]
So, for 2017, I’m inspired and determined to make ‘Blog weekly’ one of three major things to get done. Ironically, it took me a month to get to this point (procrastination is one of my strengths), but I’m grateful that I finally did. Better late than never.
And this isn’t some new year resolutions that get forgotten by February. I’m conscious that it could be something that will transform the very core of who I am. And here’s why things are gonna be different …
In truth, I’m really sick of carrying forward the ‘Restart blogging’ from one year to the next. I’m done with repeatedly feeling the shame of not taking action to live out my vision. I don’t want to be merely a dreamer, but a doer that realises his dreams as well. And I don’t want to let myself down, again.
OK, to be fair, I’m not a total failure at this vision-to-action thing. I did manage to tick off a few things in my vision for 2016. Skiing with my family in Japan, check. Run 10 km, check. Swim Ironman distance, check. Learn yoga, check. Reduce weight to 78 kg? Hmm, perhaps a more realistic target for 2017 will drastically increase my likelihood of success.
So, back to blogging. Will turning it into one of my BIG 3 help? What will it take for a blogger wannabe to become a blogger? And what will it take to become an excellent blogger?
Aristotle once said,
“We are repeatedly what we do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Perhaps it’s as simple as starting to do it, and then keep on doing it, learning as we do, continuously developing ourselves, and practice, practice, and more practice.
What do you think? And what have you put off doing, that might benefit from a bit more focus?
Now that I’ve publicly declared my intention and given blogging another shot, only time will tell if I do indeed honour my words, at least to myself.
Fast forward to December 2017 … I’m seeing myself expressing my gratitude for all the encouragement and feedback from readers like yourself, and feeling even more inspired to write for the rest of my life. Thank you for reading, for without you, this would be another page of my unread diary.
I blog, therefore I am.