The Grind-ies are the gravelly, down and dirty, mentally painful, zero-to-something thinking, learning, and producing that it takes to create something of your own. The Grind-ies Challenge is a 30-day pursuit to enter the Grind-ies mindset on a regular basis and document the experience.
I almost didn't enter the Grind-ies today. It made me think about what it'd mean to this challenge. Is the challenge to enter the
Grind-ies daily or to document how it changes me?
I guess it's to hold me accountable.
After some thought, the Grind-ies Challenge gave direction to my focus and exposed what I was avoiding.
It made me a freelance technical writer instead of a guy who wrote high-concept books that only reached a few people.
I was going to have a big day today.
Was going to run 6 miles, then 4 more after a break.
I ran my 6, refreshed, then feel into something.
Personal time invited me into its cozy web. I relaxed and had a breakthrough—a breakthrough that gave me confidence, a new point-of-view, and renewed energy. Without getting into it, the breakthrough put me on the other side of some trauma.
In the short-term, I was pissed I didn't run the additional 4 miles.
That's when the lesson came. The Universe knows I'm on a journey to become who I'm supposed to be, so it helped me use my leisure time productively.
What would 4 more miles have done? Made me feel better in the short-term? Given me an excuse to eat a few more corn chips?
But the trauma-defeating epiphany that came during a rest will help me Monday, next week, and in 6 months when I'm pulling myself over the wall of the next level.
My recess was productive due to the forward momentum of the Grind-ies.
Time in the Grind-ies: 56 minutes
Projects: Reading about technical writing, creating technical writing templates
How I felt afterward: A light mix of feelings: guilt for not staying in longer, refreshed from the downtime, and relieved from the breakthrough.