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The Switch – from big step to tiny goal

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Life throws us curve balls periodically and I’ve had my share of mine.

So, we adjust, right?

There’s a lot of coaching out there telling us to set big goals and dreams. That’s all good until these feel mentally insurmountable. That’s what I was starting to feel with the book I was writing.

Why not take a step back from the “big, hairy audacious” goal once in a while and just accomplish something small?

Ironically, more progress takes place because the tiny goals are easy to reach. And, if one is reached, why not another?

Right now I don’t have my big thought provoking book finished, but I do have three smaller eBooks in progress that will go live on Amazon in a few weeks.

That’s progress!

It’s that holiday time of year when everyone creates abnormally long “To Do” lists right when the flurry of shopping and events actually makes it more difficult to accomplish even the basics.

Keep moving forward on your dreams. But, break it down.

Tiny goals. Tiny successes.

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Track Changes – capturing the fine-tuning of creation

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My book is just 1/2 way there. I write about habits, goals, planning and the like …and I missed my own August 2014 deadline. It wasn’t for lack of trying or regular writing. The ideas just needed to get clearer, the “killing the darlings” process is mentally tiring, and overcoming the lizard brain (quoting Seth Godin – “the part of you that controls you, makes you afraid, and pushes you because it says you’re a failure”) was surprisingly difficult. After all, who would want to read what I write?

As a non-writer person (lots of ideas and stories, but not great at explaining them), this is quite the process!screenshot of document filled with mark-ups and track changes

I’m worried about deleting all of these thoughts and ideas. What if I leave out something that was the main point? What if the life changing phrase is mistakenly deleted?

This is where the beauty of “tracking changes” comes in to play. I can save the tracked changes daily and start the next day with a new draft called “accepted changes.” Sure, I’ve now got 35 files stacking up in the My Documents folder, but it is a relief to track this mental and physical process of re-arranging, refining, and refreshing the content. 

Aren’t we lucky that we can change? And, that we can track it? The use of apps to track calories, bike riding, running, and debt reduction is a major signal to the power of tracking the changes we make in our lives. We get to see where we were, where we are going and get excited about where we may end up. It’s about growth, adventure, and new horizons while capturing the junky-ness of the journey.

Also helpful, is a morgue file of sorts – a document that I can copy/paste my unused quotes and notes just in case I need them later or …for another book. If anything, it provides mental relief to my non-writer soul. The thought is preserved.

There are quite a few writing gurus out there that have a lot to share about the writing process – what tools to use, what process to go through, and how to become a millionaire eBook creator. I’ll learn what I can from them more in due time.

For now, I’ve got to write, to change, to modify and to morph. And, I’m going to track it!

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Accountability Partners – 7 steps to effective follow-up

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We recently posted some thoughts about effectively working with accountability partners. Now we’ve turned it into a brief video for those that like to listen and watch vs. read.

Can you think of other steps that would be important in selecting an accountability partner?

Please share with us! We can then turn this post into an 8,9, or 10 steps post that hits all the right points!

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Toss in a bit of Bionic Mode

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Periodically we’ll post a nudge from our “Daily Nudge” series. This is nudge #17!

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Sometimes when I’m really focused and plowing forward on a project, I jokingly say that I’m in “bionic mode.”

Have you had those moments where you are full of energy, focused, and stay on task for a full one, two, three or even 12 hours?

It is amazing. You feel great because you typically have something to show for yourself at the end of this bionic sprint!

In prior nudges, we talked about just taking 15 minutes a day to work on your idea. That’s great for the day in and day out, but long-term you need time to get some “bionic mode” time to truly do the hard work of creating and moving forward your idea!

Let’s be realistic. You can’t get there every week.

Here’s a nudge – schedule one full day sometime in the next 30 days as your “bionic mode” day. 

Do what it takes to make this happen. Get a babysitter, go to the library or Barnes and Noble, sit in your car with your computer, go rent a hotel room for a day!

Seriously.

Can you afford not to do it?