Wow – what a ride it has been! Ever since I got in with Jon Acuff’s STARTexperiment, also known as #STARTexp, my life has changed from “I will write tomorrow” to “I am now writing every day.” It wasn’t as if I was not working on my dream before the STARTexperiment. I did and do every day, but the writing part of it would always take a back seat. I may not finish an entire blog every day but I have a bunch started. And that is a whole lot more than if I didn’t write at all.
So what is #STARTexp? The idea behind it is to create a community of people and see what happens when you have access to that community instead of trying to work on your dream alone. Everyone in the group cheer on each other. We share our insights, expertise, knowledge and advice. People come from all kind of different professions and there is an abundance of knowledge and expertise available. No matter what you are trying to figure out or do someone in the group has an answer. It’s incredible. It has only been a few weeks but I already have a long list of ideas, links to check out, ideas on how to grow, improve my website, as well as how to go about publishing a book. Plus I have a bunch of new amazing friends.
Another reason behind my focus and productivity? http://5clubapp.com/
At 5 am every morning we receive an email from Jon Acuff with a task to do. Yes, at 5 am. Aren’t you up working on your dream at 5 am? Well, then you should. Jokingly aside, the idea is that if you really want to work on your dream you get up extra early to do it or simply find time to do it. I’m usually up around that time anyway but until now I wasn’t working on my dream at 5 am. Nope. I would putz around as I call it. Do some cooking, household chores, go for a hike. Productive, yes. Working on my dream, no. Since I started to work on my dream at 5 am in the morning I have still managed to do all those other things too. Why? I am more productive and intentional with my time.
The #STARTexp is also making me more FOCUSED! That is thanks to the amazing community that I am now a part of. They are helping me achieve my dream a lot faster and better than I could on my own.
Another place of inspiration is the FrankenSTART that some people from the last round started. One impressive fact about this is that they built it in 5 days! That in itself explains the power of community. FrankenSTART is available to anyone that is curious about a what us Starters are doing. There are guest blogs, Start stories, terminology (so that you can understand what some of our hash tags are all about) and much more. The site is growing each day so go check them out! Enjoy getting inspired… http://frankenstart.com/