#DONTBREAKTHECHAIN

Posted: April 1, 2014 in God's Will, Writing
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My #dontbreakthechain calendar

My #dontbreakthechain calendar

For the last 90 days I have been participating in a writing challenge started by Jeff Goins and I have to say that I am beyond pleased with the results. He called it “My 500 Words” and basically we were challenged to write 500 words everyday for the month of January. Many, many, many people took the challenge to heart and began to write every day and a whole bunch of them have continued to this – the start of the fourth month of 2014.

Early on someone posted a link to an article about how Jerry Seinfeld goes about his writing and he said one of the secrets was to write every day – Jerry is one of the reasons I first stood on a stage and performed comedy. In the article he talks about marking a calendar for everyday that you write and that you get to the point where you see so many days marked off that you don’t want to “break the chain.”

I took the idea and ran with it. I printed off a calendar and marked off every day I wrote – I really like the one you will find at the link above – and I understand where Jerry would find the satisfaction from marking the calendar everyday – like a Junior Mint, “It’s very refreshing.”  I even started hash tagging all my posts in the group and encouraging others with #dontbreakthechain.

My calendar is pictured above.

The dedication that has been shown by so many writers – including me – through this 500 word project got me thinking about how important the “chain” has become and how useful the concept would be for anyone looking to start a habit, stop a habit or achieve a goal.

I believe that most people can do whatever they have to do for a period of time; work two jobs to catch up on bills, work and go to school, work, go to school have kids write a book build a model train – you get the idea – as long as they know there is an end coming they can stay motivated to finish the task

The idea of working two jobs, for example for longer than a year or so, is too daunting you won’t keep both and if getting out of debt is your goal you’ll likely fail. But if you know that you’re only doing it for six months to a year your chances of success go through the roof – and that’s where the “chain” can help you be successful.

In the article Jerry mentions the rush you get from seeing all the red “X’s” – I get that. Part of the fun for me has been to look at the page that used to be totally white and see the red – now I cannot wait until the thing is covered – I may frame the thing.

So, I have decided that I am going to add a new wrinkle to my challenge and for the month of April I am going to read the Bible every day. No, silly I am not going to read the entire Bible every day but I am going to read a chapter or two. I have said for a long time that I need to spend more time reading God’s word and I think with the Jerry’s help – or at least his calendar idea – I just might do it. Look back at the picture at the top – see the circle around today’s date – 1 APRIL 2014? That’s the new mark that I am adding to the “X” for writing. Sure, it’s just a circle but you can make chains from ’em!

 

How about it? You up for doing something new the next 30 days or perhaps NOT doing something old? Will you accept the challenge? Tell me in the comments and we can motivate each other.
Comments
  1. Denise says:

    Way to go on your chain of red Xs! Consistency is key; I believe that. Best wishes for continued progress.

    • mickholt says:

      Thanks Denise. You know, it’s something I always knew but until you see all the red – then it just starts coming together.

      Thanks for stopping by again.

  2. I love this. Simple and doable. Write a little every day. Read a little every day. –Life changing when that reading is the Bible. When I was a little girl, a preacher said “If you read about 15 minutes a day, you will read through the Bible in a year.” I know that is exactly what he said, because I wrote it in the back of my Bible. Consistency is the key. Great post, Mr. Holt.

    • mickholt says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by Rebecca your visit means a lot to me as does your super comment. Consistency IS the key but too often we let our lack of focus and perseverance take over and fail to develop the skills to be consistent.
      Feel free to stop by anytime!

  3. I’m all in. Actually, I got involved in reading the New Testament in 40 days. What A challenge that is. That’ll be done mid month and I want to continue to read the Bible on a daily basis.

    I’d like to do it for the rest of my life, but for now, I’ll just take it one month at a time!

    • mickholt says:

      I think that is a fantastic idea. I think it is best to tackle something like the bible or any large project a month at a time or in small chunks. I think trying to go from 1 January to 31 Dec ember and ead every day is too daunting. Sure it sounds good the first week but then you remember the other 31 weeks of the year.

      Is the NT in 40 days a program or something> I have looked at the Bible in 90 days study – their idea is that you treat the Bible like a novel and read a certain page range everyday _with a make up day every week and that you can finish the bible in three months. That’s very intriguing to me.

      Thanks for stopping by come back soon.

  4. […] am not going to quit writing, I am not even going to quit writing every day – I will not break the chain – I figure it is going to take me several days to stop doing 500 word free writes […]

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