Going Balls Out
Going balls out — what exactly does that mean? I heard my brother-in-law use the term once and it sounds like a vulgar expression, but really it has nothing to do with a man’s anatomy. Here’s how thefreedictionary.com define this slang term:
“With maximum effort, energy, or speed, and without caution or restraint. The phrase most likely originated as a railroad engineering term, referring to the mechanical governor of steam locomotives, which has two weighted steel balls that extend to the “balls out” position when at maximum speed. While it does not, in fact, refer to testicles, it should be used with caution because of this popular association.”
I’ve decided I am going to go “balls out” with my medium writing. I am going to try a 90-day sprint. I am going to go full-on at this and just see what I can accomplish. It is going to be crazy, but I am going to try it. You and I will be the only two who know about this, so, if I fail, no big deal.
Ninety-day sprints are one of the latest things people are doing to achieve maximum results with minimum time. The theory is that the process can catapult you to reach goals that may have taken years using a conventional approach. Sometimes, we know what to do, but we just don't want to do it.
A 90-day sprint will erase those fears and just get you working on the goal. It forces you to produce each day, and not let up until the 90-day time span is over.
The 90-day time limit is long enough to get something really worthwhile completed, but short enough so that you can see an end to the project and look forward to a well-earned rest.
To do a 90-day sprint a few things need to be put in place.
Set a Clear S.M.A.R.T. Goal.
I have a very clear goal. It is also SMART.
- Specific: Write one medium blog post every 24 hour period, minimum, for 90 days. That works out to 7 posts per week.
- Measurable: 7 posts per week is very measurable. I will evaluate my progress and quality of work from Sunday to Sunday.
- Attainable: This will be a stretch as I don't think I have ever written that…