Well, now into day 5 (really day 6 since I sat out yesterday!) of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the overthinking of what to write about has kicked in.  Part of why I did this challenge was to get the writing juices flowing.  Not quite there yet.

Another reason was to hold myself accountable for blogging on a regular basis.  I have found some great fellow bloggers that are helping me with that accountability.  Thanks for checking on me Gwen Thibeaux.  It was just what I needed.

So I missed posting yesterday and I thought for a minute about beating myself up but decided instead to give myself a break.  I realized that I don’t have to post every day, just 31 times in 31 days.  What a revelation, huh?  I know I can’t let myself off the hook however, and let one day slip into two because for me that can mean disaster!  At least I know this about myself.

So I sat down to do this post and saw this quote that I have hanging in my office.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”–Calvin Coolidge

It made me realize that my blogging is not about perfection, but about progress.  It also made me think about how far I have come in many areas of my life. How I have been persistent in building my coaching business, in networking and building relationships, in improving my health and next on the list is blogging.  I guess you could say I had an aha! moment that blogging is a lot like my new found favorite exercise, indoor group cycling. 

Six months ago I joined an indoor group cycling class at the recreation center near my home.  Not being much of an outdoor bike enthusiast, I thought I would at least give it a try.  I can’t say I really loved it at first but I stuck with it.  Two months ago I decided to add an additional class so that I would be cycling twice a week.  Hmmm, was it getting easier and perhaps a habit?  Then this week, when the instructor asked if we wanted to have a harder workout than normal, I found myself being the first to shout out YES!  I am hooked!

So my lesson learned is to relax, give myself a break and stick with it.  At least I know at the end of the 31 days I will have developed a habit of writing regularly and who knows, the juices may be flowing and…I might even really enjoy it!

What about you?  Are there areas of your life that you need to just be persistent and the rewards will come?  Please comment below.  I would love to hear what you have to say.