Bernie Anderson
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Keep Going

Today is Saturday, December 8, 2018.

It’s been 340 days since I started to post here on a daily basis.
That was January 1, 2018.

Here’s the thing. I’m not stopping on January 1, 2019.

Sure, there are a few who read this regularly. But an honest look at my analytics shows I’ve been essentially writing to a void as far as actual people reading this blog is concerned.

But I've discovered that's not even the point.

Here’s the most important thing I’ve learned this year from this exercise:

Showing up every day reaps its own rewards.

You get better at your craft (what it is your showing up for). You discover things about yourself you’d have never known if you hadn’t shown up every day.

On the negative side, atrophy strikes when muscles aren’t used - whether it’s biceps and quads or the muscles your brain requires to code, write, paint, pencil-sketch, or make a clay pot.

My writing muscles need a daily workout.

This is how I discover what I think about things that are important to me. Faith, leadership, creativity, family and friends.

I have an annoying habit of thinking out loud. That’s more or less what these posts are - thinking out loud in public. Most days I begin not knowing what I have to say. But by the end of my writing session, the brain is kick-started, often into some interesting directions.

So I plan to keep going. Some days may be short - a sentence or two. Some days may go longer. But every day is important. That's the point.

Besides everything else, today I’m also 12,000+ words into a book about leadership.

Fun and interesting things happen when you show up every day, put your butt in the chair, and do the work.

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