For anyone wondering where I’m coming up with these writing prompts, I’m actually getting them Lift. Not Lyft like the ride share company but Lift, the like app that helps you build habits and forms a community around people trying to build the same habits too. One of the habits I am trying to form is to write 500 words every day (#500WED) working on a personal writing project. I don’t write for myself enough. That needs to change.
I need an outlet for expressing myself without concern for what it will do to my professional image.
Side story: I recently had a job recruiter tell me I look like a kid fresh out of college on video and that I was way smarter than I appeared on camera. “I totally get what you’re trying to do, and I think it shows great initiative, but it’s not doing you any favors,” he said.
I sincerely thanked him for his feedback and took the video off my website immediately after because I am trying to recruit new clients to work with, but part of it made me a little sad. I always wanted to be a broadcast journalist. Does this mean I’ll never be able to have my own silly YouTube series? What if I made it private and only people I know and am cool with will see it?
Anyway, #500WED is basically a monthly writing challenge with a new writing coach every month. Wanting to start writing for myself for a change, I decided to participate in the challenge. I have been super horrible at building this new personal writing habit. I started two weeks ago and I’m barely on day 8 at this point.
Ideally, once I build this new writing habit of mine, my personal writing time will evolve to be my book writing time. The idea for my book project is called Loveball and it’s a philosophy that I have sort of developed over the years that is a game-like approach to dating and self-improvement.
The game of life can be broken down into three components: the players, the prize, the playbook.
What fun would games be if there weren’t a little competition to keep you on your toes? You are a player in the game of life, but so is everyone else. And we all essentially want the same thing: avoid suffering and be happier. You need to first assess what level you’re at, determine what level you’d rather be and figure out what needs to happen in order for you to get to that upper level. If you’re at point A and you want to be at Point B, what do all to sub points in between look like for you? And who are you up against? What is stopping you for getting there. In the context of dating, the players would be everyone in your current dating pool. Not happy with the people you’ve been dating? What’s the common denominator? You. Whatever level you’re on, that is what you will attract unless you step up your game and elevate yourself to the next level where you will meet more worthy players in the proverbial game for your heart.
And like all games, there is usually a reward at the end. You need to keep your eye on the prize so to speak to get what you want. What is it that you are fighting for? What is your end game? This is what keeps you motivated when the going gets tough or when the competition crushers your hopes and dreams in one inning. To stay in the game, you need a noble goal to be working toward. For me, I’m working toward a life of remoteness. I have a nomadic heart so I want to find someone I can trust who is similar in nature and will travel the world with me. That’s my end game. The man who travels the world with me will truly be a gem in my life when the time comes. The truth is my heart just isn’t in LA and I plan on traveling the world until I find it even if my hair turns gray.
Lastly, there’s the playbook and each one is unique to the person who writes it. It’s up to you to create your own playbook if you want to win at life. Figure out what winning looks like for you, and work backwards. I recently became a volunteer at a local hostile because my involvement is part of what winning looks like for me.
I am way over the 500 word count but I wanted to finish my thought on my book project. Ciao!
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