Understanding the context makes all the difference…

For some, success can accurately be described as getting out of bed in the morning.  For others success is the decision to try again tomorrow

Accomplishment, when viewed from the outside, and without context, is virtually meaningless.

The gap between success and failure isn’t motivation but context.

This is my 19th consecutive daily post as part of the 21-day publication challenge for 2CCX.  On one hand that is a significant accomplishment.  I’ve posted 19 times and I know I can post twice more to reach the goal.  I’ve made a number of Tap-along videos to go with those posts as well.  Not every post, but many of them have videos. 

It’s been a struggle to continue to walk toward the “finish line” as I feel like this will kind of be a hollow victory.  I chose to engage in this 21-Day challenge for a couple of reasons.  First, the possibility of receiving some cool SWAG.  I’m not sure if I will actually receive it, especially with some changes that I know are coming, but having that possible “reward” was motivating.  The other reason was an internal challenge to myself to see if I have the stick-to-it-ivness to complete the journey to 21 days, especially as the certainty of the changes that are coming moved from a thought, to a possibility, to a decision, and an inevitability.  

I “kind of cheated” with this publication challenge, and I did that on purpose.   I knew I wasn’t ready to fully participate in publishing content that would be potentially seen by a wide audience and would “live on” for a long time.  I haven’t figures out enough of the details of my business “firmly enough” to know that putting the “intended challenge content” out there would not be a mistake.  So I decided to play along with a change from publishing on Medium.com to publishing on one of my websites.  That choice allowed me to participate in a useful way, and yet not get myself “wrapped around the axel” of having to produce REALLY good content of which I would be proud because of both the content, and the fact that I published it 21 days in a row.  I knew that bar was impossibly high because I haven’t even finished Module 2, and the Publishing content was in Module 3 (as I recall.)

So while on one hand I “failed” to meet the original intent of the 21 Day Publishing Challenge as defined by the curriculum.  On the other hand, this was a wild success in that I have not quit before making it to the finish line, even though I know that the content that I’m publishing really won’t matter when it comes to building my business. 

Where have you “participated with your own rules” in order to participate in something larger?  That idea is built in to thinks like 5K Run/Walk events.  Why not 21-Day publishing challenges? 

Do you think I “cheated”?  Leave a comment below. 


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