I was due to retire on 10 May and knew I would need new projects to give me focus, as well as continuing with the ones I was already doing. I kept getting emails from some guy called John Williams trying to sell me his 30 Day Challenge, a 30 day programme designed to get people to achieve something significant in a month. I kept resisting, but at the same time couldn’t help going back to the emails and the website to re-read the hype (as it seemed to me). The timing was pretty good. I retired on the 10th, so although the 30DC started on 1 May I would have almost 3 weeks after I finished work.
After a lot of indecision I decided to go for it. I wasn’t clear what I was going to try to achieve, but John promised to help with that. The Challenge started and I finally decided my project would be this blog, aimed at women in the same situation I was in a few years ago, stressed and overwhelmed by work, wanting a happier and more meaningful life beyond their career.
The last 4 weeks have been a roller coaster ride – I’ve been high one day and the next day feeling totally inadequate, wondering who on earth I thought I was to give advice and support to others. But 30DC is such a supportive community and there are webinars and resources to steer us on our journey to achieving our big ideas. I’ve gone from finding it difficult to “put myself out there” in the smallest of ways to feeling kind of comfortable (most of the time…) with the idea of just doing it and seeing what happens.
The technical side of setting up a blog has been incredibly challenging too – speaking as a technophobe. I know my blog isn’t technically perfect by any means, but it is 150% better (innumerate too) than anything I would have thought I could achieve!
So we launch our ideas tomorrow, 30 May, and open them up to scrutiny by the 30DC community and I will go live with my blog – a daunting but also exciting prospect! I wouldn’t have achieved this without the focus and support provided by 30DC. If you think it would help to have an online focus/accountability group to support your steps towards changing your own life, please let me know.
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