Self-Optimization – I Finished A 90-Day Blog Post Challenge
I set out to do a challenge for myself as part of my journey
to self-optimization, where I would write and publish a blog post every day for
90 days. This was a bit of an impulsive decision, which I made just before I
had an operation three months ago. Feeling frustrated about the fact that I
would not be able to exercise for around two months, I wanted something to
distract me and that would make me feel like I was moving forward on my self-optimization
The fact that I have also sabotaged every diet I went on in
the past and have not lost my last bit of belly fat also left me in need of a
win. I knew that I would feel proud, and so, I started the challenge without
I am not going to lie, writing 90 blog posts for this blog
has been quite a challenge. Nobody said that self-optimization was easy. There
were late nights and early mornings involved, I had to negotiate with myself at
times, and promised to buy myself a big slab of dark chocolate when it was all
over. I am busy eating it as we speak. Delayed gratification is not my best
quality. I could not wait until this article was published before indulging.
It is important to acknowledge and celebrate your victories,
even if it is just the fact that you gave up snacking for a week. This is not
something that I have really done much of in the past. As soon as I achieved
something that was on my list of self-optimization goals, I would just move on
to the next goal as if what I had done was nothing.
I really like this quote by Alek Wek:
“The most beautiful things are not associated with money;
they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you
This 90-day blog post challenge was also an opportunity for
me to practice becoming a better writer. One day, I would like to be a book
author. If you do the math, the average blog post during this 90-day challenge
was around 1000 words, so that is 90 000 words written for this challenge.
If I could finish this challenge, then there is no doubt in my mind that I can
write a book.
I could write a book if I just wrote 1000 words every day
for three months and then used the next three to nine months editing and
perfecting it. After doing research, I have estimated that it should take about
a year for me to be able to make something remarkable.
For me, becoming superhuman is not only about health, but
about performing like a superhuman mentally and while doing things like writing
as well. My blogs are my creative projects. Growing up, we saw my mom
continuously make works of art through all sorts of mediums, such as painting,
restoring furniture, doing mosaic, etc.
My way of being creative was to write, and my biggest dream
was to create an online magazine. I realised that just like my mom made her
house a beautiful place to be with one creative project at a time, I started
seeing the websites I want to make, the books I want to write, and the online
magazine I plan on building (all centred around health, of course) as creative
projects that each consist of smaller creative projects.
A 90-day blog post challenge, where you write about health
and self-optimization may sound boring, but I actually had a lot of fun with
it. I feel like my writing skills have improved, and coming up with a blog post
idea every day forced me to be more creative.
I am excited to see by how much my writing skills (one of my
self-optimization goals) will improve over the next 90 blog posts, but I am
afraid that after this week, I will return to a more manageable goal of publishing
one or two blog posts a week on this blog.
The main reason for this is so that I can focus on writing
my first book and a few other creative projects. Although, I am so used to
having to write that much every day that it will feel weird to no longer have
to do it anymore.
Is it weird that I am a little sad and anxious that it is
ending? I suppose hitting the publish button every day provided me with a sense
of gratification and made me feel like I was making a lot of progress with this
blog and my goal of self-optimization.
But still, I can take advantage of this moment and continue
with my new habit of writing as much as possible with the book that I am
working on. When you are aiming for self-optimization, setting challenges for
yourself can help motivate you to push yourself, even if you have to bribe
yourself with dark chocolate.
I am happy that I did this challenge, and I look forward to all
of the creative projects I will take on in the future and creating ways of
teaching people how they can also live healthier lives.