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.
If I had to sum up what I gained from the Grind-ies Challenge, it'd be direction.
Focus is honesty in action.
The honesty directed me.
The next step is a Grind-ies Schedule.
Extending the hard hat, lunch pale writer life—clock in, clock out, dressed in ripped clothes and a headband.
Good 'ole fashioned work.
I'll document things like time spent in the business, time spent on the business, time spent reading, and time spent prepping for the next day.
Creativity needs organization and discipline. It's exhausting. Resistance and its demonic forces know this.
It's a lifelong commitment.
Thank you, Steven Pressfield, for the inspiration and emails around Day 24.
Thank you, the reader, for caring enough about your projects to invest in reading this. Creativity is important; your creativity is important.
This challenge conditioned me to believe I was a professional writer.
I encourage you to dive in without a plan and battle.
Battle for your ideas, your creativity, and your love.
You're worth it.
Time in the Grind-ies: 3 hours, 3 minutes
Projects: freelance, recess materials, organizing freelance site
How I felt afterward: Happy, proud, disciplined, a little scared (in a good way) for tomorrow