When I wanted to challenge the writing group that I am mentoring, I had to do the challenge myself. The leader has to set the example, right?

Here’s what it was all about. Nothing too difficult or horrifying. The 7-Day Writer’s Challenge I put forth was simple. Write at least a few lines on Facebook for 7-days. Not anything philosophical. Just something that’s meaningful to them.

The thing is, for those who don’t intentionally open up to share their thoughts and feelings, it’s not something they’d be totally comfortable with.

When I put the idea forward, I did wonder if I could find enough “meaningful” stuff myself. I don’t always wear my heart on my sleeve. Anyway, here’s what I learnt.

The Universe Will Help

That first worry about finding things to write about was easily solved. After setting the intention to do it, the inspiration flew in from all corners. It all boiled down to whether I wanted to do it or not.

This also goes back to our logical mind always coming up with excuses not to do something. If we want it badly enough, the universe will work with you on achieving it.


Let’s face it. When you post something up, you do expect others to respond. When no one does, it’s a letdown. Here’s the thing – releasing the need for acknowledgement is one of my life lessons.

Challenges like these are a good practice ground. Whether your readers like it or not, you post it. Because this is how you feel, and you need to do it no matter what the response from others is like.

Pretty much like entrepreneurs with new ideas. You forge ahead no matter what onlookers say.

Put The Mask Down

Again, that’s one of my lessons. Some types of writing involve baring your true self. This may include letting people into parts of your life that you normally wouldn’t. There were days during the challenge that I had to do that.

You see, for a long time I had held back. When you work as a copywriter, or train adults in Business English, these are not things you have to do.

Pulling off the mask lets people see you for who you are. Giving people the opportunity to judge me was scary, but that’s necessary in my life. It’s these baby steps that help me move forward in life.


As the days passed, my confidence increased. Inside of me, I was pushing aside resistance and speaking my truth.

When I least expected it, friends commented on some of my postings. I learnt that you don’t have to be pretentious and there’s no need to impress. Write what matters most to you, and it may strike a chord in others.

In conclusion, challenges sound like a piece of cake for some. For others it’s quite an effort.

For the group that I mentor, they’re very conscious of errors. Even though I tell them the focus for them now is their core message more than anything else.

I have to say this – I’m proud of my group. Even those who didn’t do the full 7 days did post something on one or two days. Their messages were clear and impactful. They took the trouble to do what they did and in the process had touched many hearts.

So, ready to challenge yourself more? You’ll become a better person by the day.

Sheela Prabhakaran is a writer and trainer who has a keen interest in people and nature. Her career started out in publishing followed by many years in Corporate Communication. Over time she has reached out to people of all walks of life through copywriting, writing books and articles. Her training experience includes Business English and Communication. She has embarked on an exciting new spiritual journey which sees her exploring more ways to share ideas on leading a healthier and happier life. She can be reached at