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Why did I fail my Writing Challenges?

Why did I fail my Writing Challenges?
Over the past five years I have been actively trying to be a writer. I have set goals but for some reason I did not achieve them. For some reason you would expect me to have learnt my lesson but I didn’t.
When I wrote the newsletter two weeks ago I decided to work on these projects.
100 days of Poetry
100 days of Short Story
100 days of Spoken word Poetry
90 days YouTube Challenge.
But two days in and I could not keep track of the many things I was…

Why did I fail my Writing Challenges?


Over the past five years I have been actively trying to be a writer. I have set goals but for some reason I did not achieve them. For some reason you would expect me to have learnt my lesson but I didn’t.


When I wrote the newsletter two weeks ago I decided to work on these projects.


  • 100 days of Poetry
  • 100 days of Short Story
  • 100 days of Spoken word Poetry
  • 90 days YouTube Challenge.



But two days in and I could not keep track of the many things I was working on.


When this happened I felt bad because I had already promised to do these challenges .


But I sat down and asked now that I have failed to do these challenges. What’s my takeaway?


Here are three I would like to share.


  1. Set Realistic Goals

In the past I would set these goals that were not true to myself. Setting realistic goals doesn’t mean you should not be ambitious.


It simply means that whatever I decide to do I should have the time to do it. When I set these goals I forgot that there was a reason I failed at these goals in the past.


  1. Make a choice for now

The choice is not forever. When I set

goals and I get to the point I need to shortlist the goals and delete the not so important goals for now .


I am like if I can’t get everything, give me nothing.


Here’s my biggest realization.

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You can do everything but only one thing at a time.


Looking back, if I had worked on one or two goals I would have made so much progress with those writing goals.


Progress no matter how slow is always better than nothing.


I used the Warren Buffett rule for setting goals. I took all the things I want to do with writing and I crossed them off until I am left with one thing for now.


  • Write fifty word stories everyday until 100 pieces
  • 30 days YouTube Posting Challenge

I will work on the other goals but not now.


  1. Learn from your Failure(s)

For me I have understood that I don’t do well when overwhelmed. And instead of quitting completely I made a choice. A choice of the goals to work on. Knowing fully well that this is a choice for now.


At the end of the year these lessons from the failures will help me save my time in upcoming years.


Eventually a day will come when I will look back and break down all the goals I wanted to work on and the results I got from doing them.


The biggest lesson is to focus on a few goals .


I know how hard it is to choose from all the goals. Nothing is not an option for me.





Until next time keep writing




By Onyemechi Nwakonam

Hi ,I write poetry and short prose. I am excited to help you organise your writing journey.

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