Yes, the title rhymes on purpose… I wanted to take a moment here to give a few reasons for why I am vlogging my days on Youtube.
I am not hoping for a lot of viewers or really any viewers for that matter (My mom watches and that's enough), this vlog is for reasons completely detached from the reasons most people vlog.
Here are six reasons reasons why I am vlogging daily in 2020.
Like most people, I am really good at knowing what I want and really bad at actually achieving it.
This is true for all areas of my life: health, book reading, time management, project management, etc.
Overall, I tend to value what is urgent and feels good over what is hard yet truly important.
The times in my life where I have made dramatic lasting change have always been when I had strong accountability.
For instance, I struggled with getting up early for YEARS. I had convinced myself that I was unable to function until after 9am. That was until I started scheduling discipleship meetings on weekdays at 530am. All the sudden, I could jump out of bed at 5:15am even when it was hard.
Why? Because people were waiting on me. I was accountable to them.
The same is true for my health. There was a time in my life when I went to the gym nearly everyday for a solid year and sometimes I even went twice a day! The key was that my gym partner would pick me up from house everyday.
I went even when I didn’t feel like it because I was accountable to him.
In 2020, I want to get healthier - professionally that means working on the things that truly matter and removing wasted time, personally that means taking care of my body, spiritually that means prioritizing scripture and prayer, maritally that means taking daily time to connect meaningful with my wife. I know that for all of this to happen I must be held accountable.
For a while now, I’ve been saying that I just want to hire some to be the Chief Officer of Blake. Someone to follow me around and slap me when I start doing things I shouldn’t be doing or wasting time when I shouldn’t be. And then it hit me. I don’t need to hire someone. I can record my days and be held accountable to a bunch of people for free!
I time stamp everything in my day and put an end of the day report in the video description. This makes me want to do the right thing. I am far less likely to waste time or completely punt the day if I know people will see it later on Youtube. Accountability is the best kept secret to transformation.
2. Vlogging as an Atomic Habit
I touched on this a bit in my first reason, but I am vlogging because it is a habit that leads to other habits - or as James Clear calls them, an Atomic Habit. I am a huge fan of Clear’s work on habits. One of the basic premises is that you should pick habits that lead to other habits. For example, instead of saying I want to get up early and read my bible, you could just join an early morning Bible study. This would be one habit that led to you accomplishing both habits.
For me, the vlog is proving to be a mega atomic habit! It is one habit that is leading me to accomplish many other habits in my life. For each video I track the following habits in the description of the video: Steps, prayer meditation, scripture reading, Bible journal, devotion with Taylor, books I read, podcasts I listened to and the meals that I ate.
The Vlog is making me better at instilling all of these habits. Even when I fail it is still a huge win, because by filling out the report everyday I am reminded of the things that matter most to me.
The accountability + reporting has made the vlog an atomic habit for a lot of areas in my life.
3. Self Improvement
I am a big fan of coaching and one day soon I hope to hire a few coaches for different areas of my life. I would love to hire a personal trainer and a ministry coach at some point; one day a piano coach and who knows what else I’ll seek a mentor/coach out for.
Coaching has been a great source of breakthrough in my life and I hope to increase the number of formal and informal mentors in the future.
A large part of coaching is to see the blindspots and deficiencies in what you are already doing so you can get better one step at a time. I know I have a propensity to show the best side of myself and forget important parts of the way I operate.
With a vlog, it will be clear what I have been doing and what I haven’t. It’s always a huge benefit to a coach when they can look at game footage or see what the “competition” is doing.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Bill Belichick… Sorry, I shouldn’t of went there. (;
4. As a Resource
There is a lot of great information for church planters and pastors in today’s world. One thing that is missing is what ministry actually looks like day to day. How do you prioritize your day? What does a week look like? Not the ideal week of a pastor who already has a big church - but the true raw week of a pastor whose just getting started.
My hope is that my vlog would be a source of help for new pastors in the years to come. I pray that they would be able to see how I am spending my days and improve upon my mistakes.
I am not giving advice or suggesting that the way I spend my week is the best way to spend your time, because I honestly don’t have a clue. I do hope that through simply documenting my week it would help pastors see what a week looks like not in theory, but a true representation of a pastor living day to day trying to make the best use of his time for the good of others and the glory of God.
5. Its Personal
Selfishly, I want to be able to look back 20 years from now and laugh at myself. I want to remember the days when it was just Taylor, our dog and me in a small apartment trying to figure out this thing called life. I want to be reminded of how far I’ve come and where I’ve fallen away.
I want my kids to have video of their mom and dad as a young married couple. One of the most cherished items I have are VCR tapes from when I was a baby. The footage of my mom and dad are priceless. I feel like I get to see them in a new light everytime I watch. I have often wished that there was more footage of them. I want that for my kids. I want them to see who their mom and dad were before them. I also think it is cool that my great, great, great, great grandchild can one day virtually meet Taylor and I.
Okay enough of the sentimental stuff.. On to the last reason for the vlog!
6. So people will stop asking me, “What do you do all week?”
When I was a kid I thought that the pastor only worked on Sunday’s… I have come to see that most people seem to think that. Ha! I commonly get asked, “So what do you do Monday through Saturday?”
Most people have no idea how much time goes into one sermon, or all the time that goes into planning simple meetings that leads to the ministry execution, staff management, the discipleship that happens, or 100 other administration and pastoral tasks that can come up over the course of a week.
Maybe now I can just point people to the vlog when they ask what I do! Just kidding, that won’t happen - people will still probably ask me. But a guy can dream, right?
What’s Your Plan?
So there you have it. That’s the blog on why I vlog! I should also mention that as a form of punishment for missing a day I will donate $100 to a charity or church. So if I miss a day help keep me accountable by making sure that I upload a video proving I paid my penalty.
Lastly, If you watch and find value from the vlog be sure to comment and subscribe so I can get wildly famous and wealthy. In all seriousness - my prayer is that you would find a way to keep yourself accountable to the life change you want. Life is too short to waste time and accountability will give you the push needed to get off the couch and do those things that are hard and truly important! So, what's your plan?
If you want to watch my wildly boring vlog you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDmPaUyiJVxznTk2zYG89Bw