In April of last year, I paused the writing of my blog posts.
I said at the time that I had some projects for 2022 that needed my attention. I also said that I do so many different things that I was finding that I was spread too thin and that I felt I was not being the best that I could be at any of them because of it.
Due to the amount of time it took to write each post, I decided to stop writing them. However, a funny thing happened after that.
I stopped being as creative and productive as I had been before. I’m not sure if it was a cause/effect thing or just a coincidence thing, but it happened.
I thought that I would be able to focus my attention more on what I needed to do to be my best for you. But what happened was I was less focused. For some reason, I didn’t seem to accomplish nearly as much.
I also missed the writing. For a long time now, writing has been one of my favorite things to do. Through the last fifteen years, I have published 12 books, 1 prequel to a series of books, 1 book only in eBook format, and hundreds of articles and blog posts.
Obviously, writing is in my blood.
Yet, when I thought that I needed to scale back on something, I scaled back on one of the things that brings me some of my greatest joy. And I found that by doing so, not only did it not provide the focus and attention on the other things I needed, but my focus and attention were actually taken away from the other things I do.
So here I am, back at the computer—doing one of the things I love to do most.
And that’s the point of this first post of 2023—Do What You Love!
Find the things that bring you the most joy in your life, and make sure you do them as much as you can.
As the saying goes, “You only live once.” You might as well pack as many moments of that one life that you get to live with as many things as you can that bring you joy.
I have a lot of other things that bring me joy, too—family, traveling, fly fishing, hiking, reading, working out, playing basketball, speaking, and coaching, to name a few.
But quite honestly, apart from coaching, I’m not doing the other things on that list nearly as much as I want to.
I’m also not getting any younger, so my years of being able to do them are limited. I need to make sure I do all I can to create the time to do those things that I love to do so much.
And so, here I am writing a post again.
My goal is to keep them shorter than the posts I used to write. Some of those got quite long. Part of it was because the topics I was writing about demanded much to be written. But part of it was also that once I got going, it was hard to stop.
This time around my goal is to keep these posts in the 500 to 750-word range.
We’ll see how I do.
After all, I don’t want to limit myself on doing what I love to do anymore.
Time will tell how well it goes.
Live the life you love!