It’s been a beautiful summer in Illinois, and I don’t know about you – but I’ve been trying to take advantage of it.
In Illinois, winter can be 6 months, so when it’s sunny we try to take full advantage. However, they say being a freelancer is the only job where you left a 40-hour workweek, only to work 80 hours a week. Although, I’m sure you’ve found that it doesn’t matter if you own your business, lead a department, or manage projects or manage yourself; hours can take over the day and you’ve missed an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine.
This has been me. In the last month, I’ve been in writing mode. I won’t bore you with the details but it’s been an exciting month. Although, here’s the down side – I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing this blog. The thing I really love to do.
Here’s the deal. The more we turn our head away from what’s important, the harder it is to turn back. Ultimately we become rusty, our thoughts become slower. Time flies! I couldn’t believe when I went to the stats on this blog page and realized a MONTH had blown past me since my last post. Seriously. A MONTH. I’ve written before on creativity and inspiration but now I want to get back into the flow and I’m giving myself a challenge. Therefore, I’m going to post something starting Monday, July 11 and then again, over the next thirty days and I invite you to join me.
Here’s the thing about a challenge like this – it’s about getting something on paper (or video), it’s about pulling back the curtain and exposing sunlight to the thoughts that are sleeping in the back of your brain. It doesn’t matter what the thoughts are…from training to cute puppies. Now’s the time to wake up your blog, LinkedIn feed, YouTube channel, or Facebook page. This challenge is for everyone. Not just people who are hanging out working in their PJ’s, but everyone.
Why is this important to you?
Your online presence depends on you getting out there on a regular basis. There really is no avoiding this fact. Not to mention that getting your message “out there” is as easy as its ever been. Anyone can post a blog on LinkedIn – you don’t even need a special website. Like the idea of video, go to YouTube or Vimeo and set up your channel – vlogging (video blogging) is quite popular right now, and super easy (a post for another day). Perhaps you have a tumblr account but never really used it – now’s the time. There are so many different ways to share…decide on one, go forth, and create.
What does a “30 Day Brainstorm Challenge” have to do with Learning Rebels? Everything.
You are a Rebel and we have this Rebel village. And, as a Rebel, you are always looking for ways to bring new ideas to your workforce. What better way to generate thoughts and ideas than to challenge yourself to a 30 day brainstorming session? I will also post this challenge, and each update on the Learning Rebels Facebook page. Hopefully, you all join me and post your challenge activities there too. We all can learn and grow together. Just because “Work Out Loud Week” has passed doesn’t mean we stop sharing.
Now, I know – you’re going to tell me that your day sucks up all your time. If you have written 10 emails today, I can guarantee you have written 500 words and that’s all you really need to do. Think short-form post aka Seth Godin. The idea is that this is a challenge, and if it were easy – it would be the “Easy Peasy 30 Day Brainstorm”. Right? When writing this post, I had a thought about if inspiration should be easy. Maybe I was missing a boat somewhere. So, I went looking and ran across this post on how we may be mistaken in using the term inspire. It was perfect for what we are trying to accomplish. Inspiration isn’t easy and challenges wait for no one. Know this, if there isn’t time now, there never will be time. You can do this. We can do this.
Remember, your writing (or video) doesn’t have to be training related.
You never know where good ideas are going to come from – and remember the first part about brainstorming is just getting the ideas out there. Then you can go back and draw inspiration. This means your post about how to stake tomatoes may lead someone to think about how to best hold up learning to those who need help. How about that quickie video on how you got your stubborn dog to use the doggie door? This may lead another person to think about “different strokes for different folks” in the training world. You just never know, and I’m looking forward to outcome of all of thinking together.
This is key: Don’t worry if you don’t start right away, or you found this message late, or maybe you had one too many Margarita’s on Saturday night and paid the price on Sunday, therefore missing a post. That’s okay. Do what you can. What’s important is that you set a goal to write about or talk about something that made you go a-ha, then share it
How can you share your thoughts each day?
- You can post a link to your 30 Day Brainstorm challenge posts in the comment section below.
- You can write your post directly on the Learning Rebels Facebook page.
- Share your video links via twitter and copy @learningrebels or @stipton
I’ll leave you with…
Sharing is caring, and I look forward to seeing what has inspired you. Go to the comment section now and share your plans for the the challenge.
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