"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
I'm a huge proponent of personal growth. I read books, attend conferences and workshops when I can, network with other writers, and interact with different groups online to learn from them.
I do this because it helps me to improve what I do: write. When I started this website a little over four years ago, it was to house my life coaching business. My brand has evolved from life coaching to writing and consulting, with an enormous emphasis on living an uncluttered life.
And as such, this website is growing and evolving as well. You will notice some changes that have already taken place. The name of the website is changing to Everyday Life Uncluttered. In order to reduce redundancy, I've simply made the landing page for blog posts to The Blog.
I'm continuing to mold and shape my mission statement. Right now it reads, "Contributing to make the world a little brighter through my writing and interactions." I'm not married to it, but in general, it's getting closer to what I want readers to gain.
Here's one thing that hasn't changed, yet. The website address will remain the same until March 1. That gives me ample time to get the word out about the change in URL.
Here's one thing that won't change: GTI Wednesday. Even though the overall umbrella is living an uncluttered life, living it is an action which is what GTI (Get To It) Wednesday is focused on doing.
I'm excited about what is ahead in this journey. I know it will take a more concentrated effort, an "all in" approach, but I'm ready for it. As author Rory Vaden says in his book, Take the Stairs, it's not a matter of SHOULD I do it, but rather HOW will I do it?
I'm in the process of figuring out the HOW, and I'm grateful to you for being a reader of this blog, sharing it with others if you feel so inclined, for being a subscriber to GTI Wednesday, for periodically checking out the website, and for your support and encouragement.
I'm growing leaps and bounds because of you...and because of me! Cheers to us!
When I listen to various podcasts, at some point this question is usually asked, "What is the one book that has influenced you the most?"
Each time I hear the question uttered, I freeze and am thankful the question isn't being asked of me. It's as if I can't come up with a single title of ANY book I've ever read, let alone the one that has influenced me the most.
While it might be because I've just finished reading it, but The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan could very well take me out of my frozen and panicked state should that question ever be tossed in my direction.
And here's why.
It's making me slow down. It's making me zone in on exactly what I want. It's making me take a good hard look at what I've been doing so far (and I don't exactly like what I'm seeing). It has not only been reflective, but it has motivated me to make some changes.
You know, like focusing on ONE thing. It starts with the focusing question: What's the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Sounds easy enough, right? However, when you start rolodexing through the myriad goals you have set for yourself, it becomes difficult to figure out what the one thing is. The great aspect about this book is that Keller and Papasan take you through a process to help with such angst.
There are so many influential nuggets, but this one might be the biggest and fittingly enough, it's toward the end of the book:
The Highly Productive Person's Daily Energy Plan:
1. Meditate and pray for spiritual energy.
2. Eat right, exercise, and sleep sufficiently for physical energy.
3. Hug, kiss, and laugh with loved ones for emotional energy.
4. Set goals, plan, and calendar for mental energy.
5. Time block your ONE thing for business energy.
Five areas boiled down to their essence and put in such a practical way to follow daily. Once I read the list, I felt as if my personal overwhelm subsided and I could put together an action plan. One step at a time.
As the Russian proverb goes: If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
It's time to stop chase rabbits. It's time to get to work on the ONE thing.
Last year my friend Ainslee bought me the gift of writing through a book of 300 prompts. I would write in it from time to time but not consistently.
Maybe it was the start of the new year, but I decided to make a conscious effort to randomly pick one prompt each day to complete. I do it first thing in the morning, because it wakes up my brain even better than coffee (hard to believe, right?).
Well, yesterday's prompt took me all day to do (partially because I was sick): List 25 things you will never do.
On the surface it looks easy. That's what I thought. I figured I would get it done in no time, and yet I didn't. I'm sure I could add more to the list, but here's what popped into my head. Remember, these are things I would NEVER do.
1. Go to the Middle East.
2. Run an ultra-marathon.
3. Eat meat again.
4. Give up on my goal of full-time writing.
5. Smother our kids.
6. Give up dark chocolate.
7. Bungee jump.
8. Sing professionally.
9. Walk like an Egyptian. (Humor is good, right?)
10. Take credit for someone else's work.
11. Intentionally make someone feel bad about themselves.
12. Mistreat an animal.
13. Give up coffee.
14. Be a stripper (for many obvious reasons).
15. Become addicted to alcohol or drugs.
16. Be overweight.
17. Own a "mom van."
18. Like mushrooms.
19. Enjoy summer more than winter.
20. Pierce my tongue.
21. Rob a bank.
22. Be in a rock band.
23. Stop writing.
24. Give up dark chocolate (yes, I wrote it twice without realizing it).
25. Be pessimistic.
Some of these popped into my head quite easily and others were pretty random. I'm sure if I did this promopt again in six months there would probably be some different items on it (like, maybe I wouldn't mention dark chocolate more than once).
It's an interesting writing exercise though, because you get a better idea of who you are and what stands out in your life (like dark chocolate and writing, evidently).
Anyway, give it a shot and see what comes to mind for you.
There are 100 of us in a room and all of us have a new year's resolution or two. According to research, only 8 of us are going to be successful.
That's right 92% of us are going to fail.
Gee thanks, right?
Between Twitter and Instagram posts, I'm not sure whether I should have faith I'm going to be one of the eight or if I should just go ahead and pack it in before I get too invested because I'm destined to be one of the 92.
My first thought when it comes to resolutions is that I reframe it to goal-setting. I set goals all the time, not just at the beginning of the new year. This is nothing different. I guess I don't understand why we put so much pressure on ourselves just because we have hit January 1 again. Set your goals whenever you want to. There is no hard and fast rule to making positive changes on a certain date. That can happen ON any day and AT any time.
I know it makes sense to a lot of people to start when the calendar is fresh. But guess what? Each day on that calendar is fresh. We get a do-over and or a new beginning whenever we want.
I guess what I'm trying to say is to just do what fits best for you. I'm working on some goals for the upcoming year.
Do I have them ready to go yet? Nope.
I know right, it's already January 2, and egads my goals aren't ready!!!
I'm brainstorming what I want them to be as I have five buckets in my life I want to fill: health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution (thank you, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus for the categories). I also have a calendar for the exact purpose of writing down brief accounts of things I do that fulfill one of these buckets as it happens.
And that's as far as I've gotten. I'm okay with that.
Whatever works for you, be okay with that. As for the 8%, yeah whatever!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.