How often do you challenge yourself? Not whether or not you can eat popcorn with two hands at the same time. No, really challenge yourself.

It’s November 30. I woke up to a number in my head: 4,000. That’s how many words I needed to reach the 50,000-word goal of NaNoWriMo.

Let’s get serious for a minute: if I hadn’t committed to NaNoWriMo there is no way I would have ever hit 50,000 words this past month. Oops, let’s see what I accidentally accomplished:

  1. I continued on a series of a new paranormal fiction that I’m just so excited about.
  2. I brought the Li & Lu series back to life.
  3. I spent a week in a castle in Rappottenstein, Austria and wrote for 7 days straight.

Sure, lots of people did it this month. But more didn’t.

Lots of people start challenges. “I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to learn piano.” “I’m going to … ”

No one cares about what you’re going to do in the future.

They want to know:

  1. What you’re doing right now.
  2. What you accomplished today.

I like challenges. I have deep-seated gratitude for challenges. They pulled me out of depression, lack of confidence, and into a whirlwind, never-ending path of power that hasn’t ended–and probably never will.

But I don’t care about any of it. I care that I’m doing. I’m creating. I’m making, producing, and creating something out of nothing Every Single Day. It’s so simple yet can be so hard. Until it’s no longer difficult?

Why not? Because you started.

Check out my progress below. Things started out slow. Do you know what happened on Day 19? Better Together.

Are you going to get started? What’s your goal? Will you celebrate the small wins?

Challenge yourself. Do it together with others. You will be grateful beyond anything you can imagine on the day you started because the person you are when you are done is not the same person who started.

TT43: Up for a challenge? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Is there a tracking system?

TT43: Up for a challenge? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Do you know your goals? When do you succeed?

TT43: Up for a challenge? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Boast about that win!