I am at a loss of what to write about at the beginning of this Lenten Season. What do I really want to give up for forty days? A big part of me think…I have given up some many things involuntarily that the thought of doing this on purpose seems a bit depressing. Comfort zone much Lissy?
I have noticed a recurring theme lately in all areas of my life. You gotta do the work. The other day I was thinking about the history of film and technology. In 1902 Georges Méliès wrote, filmed and produced Le Voyage Dans le Lune (A Trip to the Moon). When you watch it, your CGI brain looks at it with a bit of sarcastic nod of “Oh how basic is that? You call that special effects?”. Well yes, film had to start somewhere and it started with Georges.
This is my voyage to the moon. I have to do the work. I will not get my coveted Oscar winning performance if I don’t get through all stages of effort. I remember reading recently that work is tough, scary, uncomfortable and rewarding. I can’t continue to bail once that tough things come around.
So what doe this have to do with Lent? Lent is a time for self-discipline, reverence and prayer. How is this about “doing the work”? On top of daily reading and prayers (see Lenten Calendar for reference) I will be adding in some work. I define work as follows; anything that helps me develop additional streams of income above my 9-to-5 life.
I think I have mentioned before that with my illness, I had a concern on how I was going to support myself financially should I come to a point where my body just wouldn’t support going to a 9-to-5 every day. With a Warren Buffet school of thought, I have worked on what I call my seven streams. The streams encompass this blog, branching out to YouTube, investing and creating a passive income source.
Here’s my plan, I am implementing forty individual tasks to work on each day of lent. Whether it is reading, taking a course, setting up a writing schedule or getting out of the house…I have forty days to work on it. How intense is that? Here is what I have started with thus far.
- Read Vlog Like a Boss – this contains twelve chapters of which I have read three. Thus I will give myself nine days to read nine chapters.
- Pre-write all of March blog posts – there’s four days.
- Register my online business with my state – boom! Fourteen days of work – right there
- Attend XOSarah Masterclass – another day of work
Does this make sense? I have been putting of some hard stuff lately due to my own crazy discomforts. Which is a sign of growth, learning and success. Most would stop at that point, and I have – many times. I am not going to start with the “this time it will be different” because that is a set-up for failure. This time, I am just not doing the same things that lead to nowhere because that’s just crazy.
What are you doing this Lenten season? Leave a comment below and let me know.