Introduction: In a previous post, I wrote about challenging your fears to get what you want in life. I want to let go of my fears along side you as you let go of yours. So, I'll let you in on my program.
What I am challenging: Incompetence. One of my fears is incompetence. I've had it all my life, and it will take more than one program and one challenge to exorcise it from my life. But it is standing in the way of my want.
What I want: My dream job. To have that, I need strong self-esteem to weather any storms. I need to live up to the abilities and gifts God gave me. I need confidence.
What my program is: My first program is Campaign for E-Literacy. What is Campaign for E-Literacy? In a nutshell it is: Studying twenty-six non-fiction ebooks from Project Gutenberg. I will select the books by using a title from each letter of the alphabet. I also must read all ebooks on my nook e-reader. I am doing this all in the name of increasing my knowledge and competency in life. And I am starting today.
My reasoning: I will enjoy this challenge immensely--reading, learning. I love both. If one could make a living by reading, I would be a millionaire already.
If that were not enough, here is a quote by John Kieran, an American journalist. He once said, "I am a part of all that I have read." I believe that. So, if I read about knowledgeable, competent people writing about their area of competence, then I become competent, bit by bit, piece by piece, book by book.
Book choice: What is first up in the Campaign for E-Literacy? The letter A. In this case A is for . . . Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Book reasoning: It is a classic that survived millennia, and by that reason alone is worth listening too.
Format of the program: I will post updates on my progress, interesting outside material I have read or learned about the subject/author/work, related books I want to read eventually, and the knowledge acquired thus far. These will mostly be weekly and at milestones as I read through the book--i.e., the beginning of it, the quarter mark, the half-way point, the three-quarters mark, and the ending. All of this will be posted on its own blog.
Conclusion: That's it. Consider joining me in reading the Art of War, in starting your own literacy program, or in challenging your fears. I would love to know what fear you challenge today.