The things I wanted to do,
I put them off for another day,
And now I feel my will renewed
I find the time has gone away…
– from Derek’s unpublished, never to be published, book of poetry
It’s still January 1, 2018. 365 days still remain in the year, but not for long.
If you started now and finished something in the next 2 hours, you’d be one day closer to having completed a year-long daily challenge. I’ve tried and failed every year for the past 4 years or so to do this. Last year I hit “rock bottom” and failed out my first day. This year I’m going to do better and you should too. It might just change your life.
My friend Isaac likes to tell the story of how he knew our mutual friend T.K. Coleman was the perfect man for Praxis. It wasn’t T.K’s prior work history or their long friendship (I think he was his best man at Isaac’s wedding) or his intelligence. T.K. had blogged every day for nearly 3 years.
Isaac himself says that the idea for Praxis only started to take shape after T.K. issued him a challenge: do the same thing I did.
Only a few months in to blogging every single day seven days a week and my life changed dramatically. Not from the outside, but from within. I was shifting and moving and bubbling; like molten power beneath the crust, something was beginning to stir. An eruption was imminent.
Whether it’s a year of Quora writing, blogging, living biblically, reading the Encyclopedia daily, getting coffee with strangers, making a daily video, painting, creating music, a year of sending letters, reading 25 pages a day, or anything else you want it to be, small acts of deliberate creative work yield far better results than waiting for big wins.
Think of yourself like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Living the same day over and over is tragically underrated.