Day 27 Of
The Thirty Day
Social Media Challenge
I can’t believe it’s day 27 and my personal challenge ends in a few short days. I’ve written an original piece of content every single day since November 30th. Well, technically I started writing a few days earlier.
I know it’s not over yet, but I feel like it’s time for a victory lap. I set out to challenge myself to start a new Social Media presence from the ground up around my central content hub; this blog.
Today, I have a lot of content. I have been slowly building my social media around it in Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, StumbleUpon, Youtube and other channels. As the process continues even past the thirty days, I’ll continue to build my social channels with the content I already have and new content to come.
For today’s post, I wanted to share thoughts and little things I’ve learned along the way.
1: Build a positive addiction
When I first started this, I was fired up. Wrote stuff fast and furiously.
Towards the end of the second week it got a little tough, I must admit. Some days I had to push and reach. But in the end, I was proud of what I came up with.
As I move into the home stretch, something interesting has happened. It got easier. Imagine that?
I have not had to send a check to anyone yet. Pretty happy about that. Of course, I would have found some way of writing to stop that from happening; which was the idea…
And I know it will likely get tough again. Especially after the 31st when I stop writing and publishing every day.
My hope is that the habit will have formed and it will be easy as pie going forward. But even if the habit hasn’t taken hold yet, it will.
One thing I’ve noticed with all the successful folks I know is they all have very healthy habits that border on pure addiction. That’s what I want; A powerful addiction to something good for me.
People can have emotional and physical reactions to habits; good and bad. If a pack a day smoker doesn’t get a cigarette within a few hours, he’s going to have serious withdrawal symptoms.
I want the habit of writing content to be so strong that if I miss a deadline, I’ll actually feel like the world will come to an end. That’s a healthy habit. And healthy habits lead you to success.
2: It’s not a race
Mastery doesn’t happen over-night. Success doesn’t happen over-night. It takes time and effort to achieve anything.
We live in a world of instant gratification. More and more people seem programmed to quit anything that looks like it might be even a little difficult.
I knew going into this that I wasn’t going to have fifty thousand Facebook likes after thirty days. That’s just not realistic. (Speaking of which, here’s my Facebook page for you to go like. If you like what you’re reading here, sure would appreciate the help and kindness).
It’s certainly important to recognize when something just isn’t going to work. But if you’ve set out with a strong plan, things will work out with consistent focus and perseverance.
3: Believe in yourself no matter what
When Cassius Clay fought Sony Liston for the very first time, it was not only assumed he’d lose, but that he would get beaten into a pulp. Liston was ferocious looking. He pounded his opponents with ease. Other fighters were actually afraid to get into the ring with him.
In the run up to the fight, the trash talking Clay verbally tormented and taunted Liston. He would call him ugly in interviews. He made brash and bold predictions of his certain victory. He chased his car screaming down the street all the way.
He taunted him so badly during the weigh in that his blood pressure became so elevated they almost didn’t let him fight. Meanwhile, if Liston even cared, he didn’t show it.
The day they stepped into the ring, the intimidating champ couldn’t touch Clay. By the end of the sixth round Liston refused to come out to fight the seventh. The rest is history.
Clay new he was going to beat Liston and told everyone so. But years later Muhammad Ali reflected on Liston after his death. Telling a reporter he’d love to sit around and swap old stories with him.
The reporter asked what Ali would say to him. He replied, “You scared me”.
All great champions believe in themselves so deeply that no one can stop them. And they don’t let fear of anything stand in their way.
I’m Going To
Shock The World
So with my brand new healthy addiction, resolute focus and belief in myself, I continue on. If you’ve been taking the challenge along with me, I’d love to hear your reflections as you get to your day 27. Make sure to leave a comment below.