Comfort zones: not as comfortable as they seem

I’m uncomfortable. My skin is itching. Or maybe that’s resentment trying to seep its way through my pores. Why did I let my friend talk me into this? This is hard. I’m not good at it. In fact, I’m consistently failing. I hate this. A few words come to mind:
Humiliation.
Fear.
Uncertainty.
Shame.
Growth.

I just read an article called “The Psychology of Getting Unstuck.” These sorts of topics are very interesting to me because, I’m a “mover.” As I mentioned before, I’m a GREAT starter of things. I love trying new things. Keeping it interesting. I can’t sit still. If I stay in one spot too long, I start getting depressed. Feeling stuck. Feeling like I hit the “OK plateau,” which early psychologists believed was the “upper limit of one’s innate capacity.” Even a comfort zone gets a little uncomfortable after a while.

So when my friends asked if I wanted to do the “Blog Every Day” challenge again, I said yes. But this time, my intentions are different. Instead of achieving the daily goal of “posting a few words, even if its craptastic, just to get it out there,” I’m taking it a step further.

To keep from falling into blogging complacency, my goal is to improve my writing (and thought process) through deliberate practice.

“Deliberate practice by its nature, must be hard.

When you want to get good at something, how you spend you time practicing is far more important than the the amount of time you spend… Regular practice simply isn’t enough. To improve, we must watch ourselves fail, and learn from our mistakes.” -Joshua Foer

I know it’s going to be very hard. And some days, I’ll just want to throw some words on a web page, just to get it over with. But, I’m going to try my best to be uncomfortable and itchy and fail a whole bunch of times this year when I open WordPress.

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