The Struggle: Season 1, Episode 1
Hey guys, 2021 is a new year and that means new goals. Every year I notice a lot of people around me creating new year’s resolutions and tend to stick with them for a few months until they burn out and can’t maintain the new standard. Hopefully, that won’t be me this year.
I thought it would be fun to put together a weekly series to talk about the struggles of a digital marketer, my internal thoughts of what’s difficult as an entrepreneur, and to honestly work on becoming a better writer. This series will be raw, unedited, might have some typos within my train of thought but it doesn’t matter because I believe that living life through principles, developing habits, will either help or hurt you. And for me, I plan on having this writing become something that will ultimately pay off as a digital marketer in the end.
Here’s the rules for this series: write for 30 minutes straight, keep it as authentic as possible, and always end on a positive note. For confidential reasons I won’t mention any specific names of clients or companies that I work with but I will share stories and experiences within them. It may be a highlight of something special that a company did or maybe something that I failed at and learned from. Whatever the case is, I hope that this experience builds my credibility as an individual within the marketing realm and it’s entertaining to whomever is reading the series.
This project is supposed to be fun and challenging and I hope that I can overcome my anxiety and fear as a writer to better understand that part of the writing process is simply getting it out there. In school I was a pretty average writer, I had many grammatical errors with the first, second, and third drafts, especially in college, but I understood that putting more time and effort into things would always produce more value in the long run.
This series isn’t going to be held to a high standard like those essays and papers I wrote in college, rather, it being about production. I am my own worst enemy as it comes to holding standards, I find it that if I set out a goal for myself and don’t achieve it that somehow I failed. It’s related to silly stuff like relationships, fitness, or monetary goals. Being 29 years old now I understand that not all goals need to be achieved and it’s not valuable to be emotionally invested in goals, especially if I make effort towards them and don’t hit the mark.
Setting a standard for myself is about dreaming so big that I move out of my comfort zone and grow. Some say that without pain and discomfort there is no room for improvement so I want to condition myself to having a tougher spirit, facing some of my fears and with the Struggle series I plan on having myself being taken out of the comfort zone to grow.
I’m sure along the way of this series I will have some breakthrough thoughts and discover some new realities for myself, which is what I expect, and I hope that when I look back on this season I can confidently say that I matured as a man.
Some of the ways that I will accomplish maintaining a standard for myself is to have a schedule put in place, making writing be a part of my morning routine, and to update this series on my social media platforms. Most likely by the time these articles get published it will be backdated, meaning that I won’t be dating when they were written. I feel like when you start dating things you build up this anxiety of having to come up with random topics to write about and for me that’s when I really freeze up. Like I mentioned before I want to keep this as raw and real as possible so that my audience can see the temperament and emotion that went into what I wrote.
To conclude on a positive note, wrapping up this first article and to check it off the list I really hope that this year will be a good year. Seems like in the 5 years of business as a marketer there’s always some struggle to overcome. It inspired me to dive into something different, to overcome another struggle which is the anxiety of writing, and I hope that I will be able to come out of this project having a better understanding of what I need to work on and to document the wonderful life lessons through experience.