Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years and has self-published over a dozen books including fiction and nonfiction.
Goal Setting and Successful Writing Habits
Why are goals important? Are setting goals enough?
- It’s not just about setting goals; it’s also about setting up a realistic schedule and sticking to it.
- I realized that it wasn’t “someone else” or some “thing” else holding me back...it was me. So I literally had to convince myself to stop procrastinating and just do it.
- Setting a schedule with hard deadlines helped me stay on track.
- It also motivated me to write and publish every single day.
- To support daily writing, I started using a to-do list in order to prioritize what I want to accomplish each day as well as each week. I didn’t use any fancy app. Instead, I just kept a daily planner close by, and each day, I wrote a few realistic to do items including a little check box.
- After completing an item, I would check the checkbox. it always felt good to put a checkmark in the box.
- These newly established writing habits allowed me to live a more authentic life than ever before.
- My goal-setting, ability to prioritize, and outlook improved each day...and so did my writing.
What I Learned From Writing
I have learned a lot from writing! I also learned a lot from writing articles 30 days in a row as part of my 30 day challenge. I owe it to you, aspiring writers, to tell you what I have learned, and I hope you find my results helpful and interesting.
In summary, by completing this 30 day writing challenge, I have learned:
- If you set a goal for yourself, it’s a lot easier to accomplish the goal.
- If you are uncertain of the outcome, you may potentially feel more motivated.
- By deciding on specific dates for my challenge, this made it measurable and I found myself abiding by my schedule no matter how late in the day it was. I knew I wanted to complete my goal by the deadline.
- If you practice positive thinking while you are trying to reach your goal, it definitely helps you achieve your goal. I kept imaging myself at the finish line. I watched a movie called The Story of Gabby Douglas, the Olympic champion from the 2012 Olympics who won multiple gold medals.
- As recommended in “The Secret”, I imagined that I already completed my challenge. Imaging that I already achieved my goal made it that much easier to know I would achieve my goal.
- When you write for 30 days straight, it’s like running laps practicing for a marathon. Now I feel more confident and ready to take on bigger writing challenges!
30 Articles in 30 Days - Statistics and Results
This was the first time I embarked on a 30 day writing challenge. I think challenges like these on HubPages and other platforms were more popular in the past, but I decided to try one myself.
Overall, it was a good experience and there are some traffic perks as well. If you are thinking on creating a writing challenge, do it! A writing challenge or any type of writing habit disciplines you to write more consistently. In the long run, you will have written more content and potentially published more articles. Consistency is the key. If you make a habit of writing fresh, new and interesting content on a frequent basis, your readers will be more interested in reading your content, thereby increasing your traffic.
Overall HubPages Profile Score Report
For the past 30 days, here is a summary of my overall HubPage profile score:
Which Articles Rank Higher Scires
The hub articles with the highest scores are not necessarily the ones with the most traffic, as shown in these screen prints below. The top 3 hub articles with highest scores are highlighted in yellow below. The top 3 hub articles with highest traffic are highlighted in green below.
Top 3 hubs with highest scores (at the completion of my 20 day challenge):
- How to Create Videos With Camtasia (Score: 83)
- Trans Siberian Orchestra Concert Review and Photo Gallery (Score: 82)
- Christmas Time in New York City Photo Gallery (Score: 81)
Top 3 hubs with highest traffic (at the completion of my 20 day challenge):
- 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge Score and Traffic Activity Log
- Hair Straightening Products and Reviews
- How To Instantly Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half | Savvy Money Saving Tips
As compared to the previous 3 months, my earnings have increased 53%. That is good news for some extra revenue each month.
New Challenges Ahead
Now that I have completed by 30 Articless in 30 Days Challenge, my next challenge will be to go back to my old articles which aren’t featured and optimize them in an effort to increase traffic and earn more revenue.
Another challenge that interests me is a 30 day challenge proposed in “The Strangest Secret” video.
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale
Discover the secret to how to be successful: The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale.
Listen to this very powerful video by Earl Nightingale. It’s referred to as The Strangest Secret. It’s similar to what you might hear in the video The Secret or read in the book The Secret. It’s presented a little differently here. I have listened to it twice already and I plan on listening to it again.
Towards the end of the video, there is a 30 day challenge. Is it a coincidence that I stumbled upon this video on day 30 of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge? It’s almost like the universe was calling me to take on another challenge. The challenge in this video isn't necessarily a writing challenge, it's a goal that you set for yourself and then are committed to. So it can be any goal you want.
I highly recommend this video! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. * * * * *
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale
Quotes and Important Things to Remember
As you go about, pursuing your writing dreams, remember to reach for the stars. Earl Nightingale puts it best when he says:
"Life should be an exciting adventure."
"See yourself reaching your goal."
"You are guided by your mind."
"Every person should be glad to get out of bed in the morning and do a job because you like to do it."
"To be successful, you must work hard."
"In order to control your life, control your mind."
"The architect of the universe did not build a stairway leading to nowhere."
"Refuse to belief that there are any circumstances that will prevent you from reaching your goal."
The 6 Steps to Success According to Dr. David Harold Fink
As stated in The Strangest Secret video, according to Dr. David Harold Fink, the 6 steps to being successful are:
- Set yourself a definite goal.
- Quit running yourself down.
- Stop thinking of all the reasons why you cannot be successful, and instead, think of all the reasons why you can.
- Trace your attitudes back to your childhood and try to discover where you first got the idea that you couldn’t be successful if that is the way you have been thinking.
- Change the image you have of yourself by writing a description of the person you would like to be.
- Act the part of the successful person you would like to become.
The Secret DVD
"The Secret" by Rhona Byrne
Along the same lines as the "Strangest Secret", another highly recommended book and DVD is "The Secret" by Rhona Byrne. The DVD is something I have watched many times. It is uplifting and fascinating to watch. It has brought me much joy and happiness. It it narrated by an excellent cast including Philosopher Bill Proctor, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith D.D., author Jack Canfield, and many other super amazing people. Watch the trailer below.
The Secret Trailer
There are plenty of times that I have felt discouraged. When the little voice inside my head would say something negative, I stamped it out with something positive.
Life is full of ups and downs, but the important thing is that you pick yourself up higher each time.
Attention all readers:
I have an important update and some good news to share! It has been five years since this article has been written. Now, five years later, I have written and self published nine books in two different genres and I’m working on a third series which will be out next year. I am writing about my author journey to help others authors as well.
PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE EMBARKED ON A WRITING CHALLENGE.
Dream big and reach for the stars!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Amelia Griggs
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on August 22, 2017:
Thank you for your comment and feedback, Mary. I would be thrilled to know if have inspired others to write. Since I completed my 30 day challenge, I have been able to accomplish more including self-publishing my first book on Amazon. It's all very exciting!
All the best to you!
Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 22, 2017:
Congratulations on completing your 30-day challenge, that is an accomplishment. It makes you and your readers realize how much more we are capable when we set our minds to action.
I feel motivational articles, such as this one help those who are new to the world of online writing and also those of us, who from time to time run out of steam.
Once again, congratulations.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on June 03, 2017:
Thank you Bradrick, I appreciate your feedback and reviewing my hub about my 30 day challenge. I am happy to inspire you and others with my writing.
Good luck to you and your writing as well!
Bradrick H. from Texas on June 03, 2017:
Congratulations on your accomplishment. I figured I'd stop by to read some of your work since you did the same for me, and I found it very inspirational to read your journey on the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. I like how you posted statistics of your progress, and the positive messages you added in my opinion would encourage newer members to want to take on this challenge. It's definitely one that isn't for the faint of heart. Congrats again, and all the best to you!
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 06, 2016:
That's great to hear Deborah! Go for the challenge. I am happy to cheer you on...keep on writing!
Deborah Nessmith from Florida on November 29, 2016:
Thank's for the suggestion. I'm think I'm going to challenge myself to do 30 hubs in 30 day.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on November 28, 2016:
Hi Deborah, Welcome to HubPages!
I joined about 6 years ago. I love to write and Hubpages is a great community of writers. In recent past, I read about the 30 day challenge but it wasn't being held anymore, so I decided to try it on my own. It was the best thing I ever did. After that, I started writing short stories, joined writers groups online and I'm writing even more now, and taking a self publishing course. I plan to write about my experiences.
Look luck to you! Keep writing!
Deborah Nessmith from Florida on November 28, 2016:
First and foremost, congratulations! I'm new to hubpages and was wandering if this challenge was still going. I would love to join in on the 30 hub challenge, as it would challenge me as a writer. If you have any information on this challenge, please let me know. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on April 29, 2015:
Thanks for the congrats, susi10. I really appreciate it, as well as your comments. I did take a break after my challenge, and now I write when time permits, including hubs, short stories, and more.
Glad you like Earl Nightingale as well as The Secret. I also love Bob Proctor. You are right, some do not believe. Remember that one quote by Dr. Michael Beckwith, "Mediocracy always attacks excellence." It's true. He is also a great speaker and teacher.
Glad I have inspired you. I'm very happy to hear that. :-)
Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on April 29, 2015:
Congrats on completing your challenge, Amelia! 30 hubs in 30 day challenges are awesome because they really increase your earnings, traffic and most of all, improve your writing skills. I've embarked on a challenge like that myself and found it a whole lot easier to write under deadlines after doing it.
I love those Earl Nightingale quotes and also I'm a HUGE fan of The Secret. The law of attraction is definitely the most powerful law of the universe. I'm always using the Secret to attract whatever I want into my life, but it seems that others just don't believe in it.
Thanks for the motivational and inspiring hub. You just might have inspired me to embark on another Hub Challenge!
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 13, 2015:
Thanks, Writer Fox, I feel like I do anything, thanks for the cheer!
Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 13, 2015:
Congratulations on achieving your goal! You've made a great start for 2015.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 08, 2015:
Hi Availiavision, That saying on your tee-shirt is so true. Preparation is truly the key! That is why the last 10 or so hubs were the most challenging, because for those, I didn't have as many notes and research done as the earlier ones. It has really taught me a lot and helped me be better prepared for the future.
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated.
Jennifer Arnett from California on January 08, 2015:
That is quite an accomplishment. I think the key to your success was in the planning. On the back of my cross country tee-shirt is the quote, "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 08, 2015:
Thanks Catherine, I really appreciate comment. It did take a lot of determination, motivation and hard work, but it was well worth it. I met new friends on HubPages, completed my goal, got more practice writing (and practice makes perfect), and feel better than ever about pursuing bigger writing projects!
Happy New Year to you! 2015 is going to be a wonderful, prosperous year for all!
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 08, 2015:
Congrats on completely your challenge. It was a major task that you set for yourself and it took determination and hard work.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 07, 2015:
Thanks, Bill. That means a lot to me, so I appreciate your comments and wishes. I think once you cross one finish line, you are ready to cross more. I'm ready. :-)
Happy 2015 to you, and may this be a prosperous year to all!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2015:
Congratulations on the 30/30, Amelia. Well done! Now, best wishes on your new challenge....you sound determined so I don't doubt you'll do well. May 2015 be your best year of writing to date.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 05, 2015:
Thank you so much Elsie. Every cheerleader that stopped by and commented was much appreciated, and motivated me to continue. I searched a lot before I started to see if there were other challenges in progress, but there were very few if any. I think the "challenges" queue was popular about 2 years ago, but who knows, now maybe there will be more.
Thanks again and Happy New Year to you too!
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 05, 2015:
Congratulations for completing your 30 day challenge.
I did one when I was writing for Squidoo, but there were quite a few of us and we supported each other, so you did really well doing it on your own.
Happy new year, hope you have a wonderful 2015.