Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-One, Dateline 1-31-2018

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
— Barack Obama

Good morning Crickets, it’s Operation Achieve Anything time. Today makes the last day of the first month and I hate to admit that this Achieve Anything… book is really starting to test my patience. I’m fully aware that there are still 334 days left to this challenge which is why the book might be slow at rolling out more lofty assignments, but I really am getting burnt-out on the cliché task and no follow through.

I know that I might be getting repetitive with this critic but the issue is repetitive as well. Up until this point, I’ve just been a tad underwhelmed while fully understanding that I’m not a beginner when it comes to self-help concepts. Now, I’m starting to feel that these lessons have gotten so cliché that even the lamest of laymen have heard this advice before.

Not only that, but I’ve been busting my ass for multiple decades in an effort to earn a living through my writing, so I can’t stand to hear over-simplified examples of how all you have to do is stick with it and keep a positive attitude and your dreams will magically come true. I guess it’s that fact that I feel that I’ve already tested these techniques that makes this portion of the book so frustrating to me.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the lessons in this book aren’t valid, I guess I was just expecting something a little more original that actually had assignments that would make me feel like I was making more progress towards an actual goal instead of so much focus creating the right mindset to stick to the task at hand. I guess I thought this book would be about achieving the actual goal and not really working on myself.

Granted, I did expect some self-help based assignments, but it’s now been an entire month and that pretty much all that this book has been. Other than day two or three, where I was supposed to list some goals that I would like to achieve by the end of the year, there’s barely been any goal talk, which is what I was hoping would be the book’s focus.

All of that said, I’m not even thinking about giving up, I’m just sharing how I feel at this time. So now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, it’s now time to move on to yesterday’s assignment… Oh yeah… There was no real assignment yesterday. The book just said that my new task was to actively attempt to stop missing opportunities.

That was it. No, writing assignment to jot down examples from the past because that was the day before’s assignment. No, listing opportunities in general, because that was an assignment from a few days ago. This lesson was just recycled filler which might have started to trigger my sense of being annoyed beyond not just feeling a particular assignment.

Already feeling annoyed, today’s assignment pushed me over the edge since it pushes more cliché bumper-sticker talk as if it’s a simple solution that guarantees that if you follow it through, all of your dreams will come true. Today’s assignment is about sticking to the right path and if you simply put in the time all of your efforts will pay off.

I could probably write a book right right now about how I feel about this assignment but that’ll have to wait until I check in with tomorrow’s update, in sticking to the structure that I set up for this challenge. Until then, it’s now that time where I say, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.