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I knew it, I knew it, I knew it……I talked about being so inspired and then poof, and here it is…..I have been putting off all day doing my blog knowing I have to do this for myself, I can’t miss a day, I promised I would blog everyday…..I knew there would come a day where I just wasn’t in the mood to blog but I never thought that it would happen so soon…a day after my challenge had officially begun!

Isn’t that the way things seem to work, though? You get so excited and fired up about something NEW you’re going after or trying to do and the motivation is 100% there and then poof, just gone….I guess this is the reason I have Never, ever believed in resolutions. It’s a new year so you’re so gung-ho about challenging yourself but then after a few days, you get back into your normal routine and somehow that drive to push yourself just goes “wha-wha-wha”….(Hopefully you know the sound I mean there, I would add the audio for you but I doubt I could do the sound justice….oh where, oh where is someone with better sound skills than me?)

Well…here I am, I am blogging anyway. I refuse to lose my challenge!

The first thing I did right before doing this blog is look for an idea, something I could write about….all I have gotten is just confusion….let me explain: I watched “The Tooth Fairy” today…cute, funny movie….but basically the character played by The Rock(look him up if you don’t know him) has an issue with believing, with the question of “What if?”….Instead of putting aside the odds of something actually happening and just suspending belief and saying, “Well, it COULD happen, you just never know”…he tends to start out the movie as a negative person who doesn’t believe….and then he learns to ask “What if?”

Well….in looking for something to write about, I was directed through the post-a-day blog (which gives you ideas for things to write about) to another blog called Challenge-a-day where they give you a challenge to do for everyday….So I read that post for the day to give me an idea….and it was basically challenging yourself to not think about the past cause you can’t change it and when you catch yourself thinking “What if?”, stop yourself. Really? Are you kidding me???

Say “What if?”, DON’T say “What if?” UGH! What a contradiction in my head for today….BUT as I am writing this blog, I am thinking more about it AND….it’s actually NOT a contradiction…..The “What if” question from “The Tooth Fairy” is in regards to the future…”What IF I become famous? What IF there’s a tooth fairy? What IF we DO this or DO that?” There’s nothing wrong with believing that your future can be whatever you want it to be as long as you work hard and don’t give up. BUT the “What if” referred to in Challenge-a-day is all about the past…”What IF I had gone on that trip? What IF I had got married to that person instead?” When your What if’s are focused on the past, it’s not doing anyone any good because there is no time machine, there is no going back and changing things. When you think about it like that, it seems like a really good lesson to learn. Whenever you’re stuck thinking of what could have been’s and what if I had have’s, DO stop yourself because it’s not accomplishing anything in your present or your future. The past is done. Whatever mistakes you have made, whatever regrets you may have, there’s no changing it, so instead focus on what can be in the future. BUT while you focus on your future, don’t just keep it a daydream of what you want to do…take steps to make your goals a reality. This is advice I need to use for myself…maybe this is advice you could even use?

I conquered my procrastination for today…and I am sure there will be other days but I want to make my “What IF I make it through 2011 posting everyday?” into a “I made it through 2011 posting everyday”

Thanks to  “The Tooth Fairy” movie and Challenge #13 | A Daily Challenge. for accidently giving me the push I needed to blog today.

{January 13, 2011}   The Challenge has begun!

Challenge is on!

I refuse to call this challenge a resolution…others may look at like this anyway but to me, this is NOT a resolution. This is about challenging myself towards the ultimate goal of bettering myself.

I’m such a procrastinator, I always, always wait until the last minute to do things and then the final project is so much less than what it could have been. I also have lost faith in myself over the past year or so and have become anti-motivated to do…anything. I KNOW that what I have within myself is so much greater than what I show to this world but lack of motivation has kept me from trying anymore. Over the past couple weeks, I have seen some of my friends start blogs and vow to do them as a resolution….and I have seen a friend DARE another friend to blog everyday that they do one…and secretly, I started wishing that someone would dare me to do the same thing, thinking, maybe that would give me some motivation. Alas, no one did and no one has.

BUT seeing everyone all blog happy lately inspired me to start writing again so I did a day or two just for fun and then last night, I had my niece tell me that I inspired her to do a blog…and right after, I saw a post on the Word Press home page about Posting everyday or every week in 2011….and something clicked….

Because I was told by ONE person that by ME blogging, they were going to start a blog…I was inspired…Not sure if that sounds strange to anyone but inspiring others inspires me and I realized, “WHY do I need someone to challenge ME to write in my blog? WHY don’t I just challenge myself?” So I took my own challenge…after all, who is our greatest enemy, really, other than ourselves? I am suffering from a lack of faith in myself so what better way to gain back that faith than by proving to myself than I CAN stick to a schedule that I have never before been able to….

Forget the blogging every WEEK….Why not go big or go home, right?! I WILL blog EVERY DAY…I WILL fight the procrastinator inside me, I WILL do a blog everyday even if it’s just a small one for that particular day….and even if no one reads my blog, that’s ok because by 2012, I want to be able to say I wrote every day in my blog, I finally did something that I never before thought I would be able to do……and maybe along the way I will get motivated to challenge myself in other ways. 🙂

Day 1 of my Challenge has begun….

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