A Month is Over, A New One Begins

In the past month, I have challenged myself to a monthly challenge so to speak with the aim of forming useful habits and motivating myself into achieving short-term goals that would play a huge part in the long-term. Now, as we draw close to the end of the 1st Monthly Challenge, I would like to take the time to evaluate my successes and failure and to also plan the next monthly challenge.

Previously the goals for the month of May was to:

  1. Complete the Bar Brothers’ Requirements:
    a) 7 Muscle Ups
    b) 25 Parallel Bar Dips
    c) 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups
    d) 20 Pistol Squats
    e) 10 Full Leg Lifts
    f) 7 Muscle Ups
  2. Read:
    a) The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
    b) The Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Produce three videos
  4. Post an article/blog post a day

So, I achieved most of the goals that I have set for the month except for the Bar Brothers’ Requirements as I am still trying to do a muscle up. I have actually expected this to happen as training for a muscle up would take a lot of time for the first one. However, eventually, once I am able to do the first one, it would be easier to progress from there.

For my reading goal, I was actually very much surprised at my ability to read those two books in the span of 5 days. I actually felt that I underestimated myself. I would take that into account for my next monthly challenge.

To boost my creativity and skills, I had decided to produce three videos and write an article every single day and I am proud to say that I managed to achieve both! Producing those three videos was a pretty exciting project. I was completely engrossed in making them and had fun too. One of the videos was about opening up ourselves to the criticisms of others and I have to say that that project allowed me to see myself in the perspectives of others. Apart from that, I have uploaded vlogs and even making them were exciting to me and I really want to captivate the viewers by making aesthetically-pleasing vlogs.

By posting regularly on my blog, it has helped me to think more creatively about the world and to question so many things. Ideas churn out from my brain smoothly and I believe that that would be a crucial skill in life. Furthermore, I can say that my writing has improved and hopefully, the improvements will continue. With the combination of frequent reading and writing the past month, I feel myself drawn to the wonders of creative writing or fiction. I am drawn to the beauty of how fiction authors write their stories along with the way they are able to describe a scenario so vividly, like that of a kiss or an argument. So, I have started writing mini stories on my Instagram testing out my abilities.

To be honest, the past month has been a month of creativity and self-awareness. A month where I discovered myself loving creating in the forms of writing and video, a month where I seem to be progressing in my journey to be self-aware and a month that I felt that actually mattered.

The lessons that I have learned are valuable ones that cannot be taught, they are lessons that can only be gained through experience. I hope for more valuable months ahead.

In the next month, from 1st June – 1st July, I hope to push myself:

  1. Fitness:
    a) Bar Brothers’ Requirements
    b) Deadlift 140kg X 5
  2. Read:
    a) Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    b) Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
    c) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
    d) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Produce eight videos
  4. Take a photograph and post a mini story on Instagram every day

This is the tentative list, it might change by tomorrow. 🙂

 

 

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Create Content Consistently

Recently, in a daily vlog, Casey Neistat said that his advice for getting 3 million subscribers is to ‘Just Keep Uploading’. Well, you might think, why? What has that got to do with getting a tremendous amount of subscribers? Actually, that has everything to do with getting a lot of subscribers or for you in achieving any kind of success at all.

‘Create Content Consistently’ is a more general form of ‘Just Keep Uploading’. It is an advice that I am sure many creatives will give you when you ask them about how they achieve success. To consistently create content, one has to have a schedule of the content that is to be made and shared. One has to have an idea of the type of content one wants to make. For starters too, one might find it useful to have a period of time where one will upload or share their content, an ideal period of time is 30 days which is enough for momentum to step in.

But why?

Well, creating content consistently has wonderful benefits especially for aspiring artists or creatives. I’m sure all of us have heard the phrase, ‘Practise makes perfect’? Creating content consistently can be seen as just that, practise. What better way to practise their crafts by doing? Aside from just practising, through the act of creating and sharing your work consistently, one is able to audit and reflect on their past works to see what works and what did not. The data that they have gathered can then be used to further experiment with other styles or techniques to make their creations and content better. In the long run, the content created will have less of the poorer works and an amplified quality of the better ones.

You can see that if one is to create content consistently, no one else will gain more than the creator himself.

Personally, now, I have my own project to create content consistently and I embedded it into my 30-day challenges. For now, all I have to do is to post a blog article once a day for 30 days. So far, I am 23 days in and I am feeling confident that I will succeed and thus far, I am beginning to feel the gains from the consistent writing: an easier flow of ideas, frequent epiphany and eureka moments and I am more expressive in sharing my ideas.

It is wonderful to feel this way and I guess I will be continuing this habit for a long time to come.