My 500 Words: Day 1

Disclaimer: Jeff Goins of has a 31-day challenge in which participants commit to writing 500 words a day for 31 days.

I signed up for Goins’ challenge a few weeks ago but just now ended another challenge I was doing and am fully prepared to commit now.

In January, I participated in Jon Acuff’s 30 Days of Hustle course. Those 30 days changed the way I approach life. I no longer allow fear to keep me from trying. Why? Because I started this blog, gained hundreds of subscribers and wrote more than 50,000 words in those 30 days. I also figured out what I want to do with my life. That’s a pretty well-spent sixty dollars.

I discovered my real purpose in this world. I have a story to tell, and I want to help change the world by sharing it. A few months ago, I would not have even told my friends. Today, I’m working on writing the book that will share it all. God gifted me with the ability to write…and speak. And for the first time in my life, I believe I have finally found my real calling.

I was writing an average of 2,000 words a day in January but not for the public eye. This challenge is different. This will force me to expose things I haven’t previously shared with an unknown audience. It will challenge me to step into the realm of the unknown and face some of my own secrets head on. It will be good for me.

My commitment to this challenge is critical. I have to prove to myself that, no matter what comes up, writing is a priority. With that in mind, I’m creating a few rules of my own.

  1. I have to write somewhere different each day. I can write from a different coffee shop, park, library or some other wifi hotspot each day, but I can only write from my house once. Guess what? My once was TODAY! I’ll share a little about where I am each day.
  2. Missing a day is not an option. No matter what. I can crank out 500 words in about 10 minutes or less if I really want to. And there is NEVER a day in my life where I don’t have at least 10 minutes to spare.

Accountability is huge for success at a challenge like this. Feel free to follow my blog to keep up with my commitment, or you can follow the #my500words hashtag on Twitter.

I pray this challenge will catapult me into a level of writing I have not yet experienced. Too often, writers are guarded about what they have to say. Self-criticism and fear or failure or rejection keeps us from being completely honest. And when we aren’t honest, we miss the mark on building trust with our readers. Goins designed this challenge to compel us to just write, without editing.

Michael Hyatt posted a question via social media this morning: What would you do if you were brave? This. Writing is not an act of bravery for me, but writing and publishing unedited, candid words is.

What would you do today if you were brave?

If you would like to join in the 500 word challenge, it’s not too late. Check out all the rules and what to do on Goins’ website.

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