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A little stuck moving forward with your goal? Accept a challenge … in an unrelated area.

A little stuck moving forward with your goal? Accept a challenge … in an unrelated area.

Uh oh. I just accepted a challenge. The last time I did this …

The last time was Nov. 1, 2012 and it’s still going: Write Every Day. I didn’t expect to keep going for 1,971 days. Side effects of accepting a what-I-thought-was-just-a writing challenge have been:

  1. Closing my company,
  2. Moving to Europe,
  3. Surpassing most dreams I’ve had since I was 21.

Damn. I just got the chills rolling through my entire body as if I stuck my toe in an extension cord. 

The 1, 2, and 3 above don’t have much (if anything) to do with writing. Which is why I just accepted

A 21-day challenge to go without:

  1. Sugar
  2. Alcohol

Why? You’d think I’d want to lose weight (I do). But it’s not the “side effect” reason I’m not-so-secretly shooting for.

You see, stories are pouring through me. Fictional characters show up in my conscious life as if I’m dreaming–but during the day. During a meeting with basketball coaches lines from characters I barely know come through my mind as if a wispy figure is whispering it in my ear.

But there’s something in the way. I happen to know what it is. It’s actually a who it is. It’s easy. It’s clear.

It’s me.

I’m in the way. I’m in my own way.

These stories are fighting to get out. It’s like a sale at Penny’s* and they’re rushing the doors.

Only the doors are closed. They’re not open yet.

The doors are opening. I better get out of the way.

Here we go.

P.S. The alcohol will be easy as I haven’t been drinking much lately (as I’ve chosen morning creative clarity instead). But the sugar? That’s going to take some getting used to.

* You’d have to be from a certain area and a certain part of the world to get this reference.

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I don't like to call them excuses. They're priorities. With a handful of exceptions, we usually have a choice in our actions. They just need to be prioritized.

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