Getting Lost

Don’t get lost in vanity metrics. Seek real connections. Share words that matter, and generate an impact with your authentic voice.

The real you matters. The ultimate goal is getting closer. Stick to your plan, and build trust with yourself, every day.

Back to Work

Stop dreaming and get to work. Those pages, that business plan, that proposal, they aren’t going to write themselves.

Recharging

When relentlessly seeking your goals, remember to temper your quest with the beauty of rest to strengthen your creativity and inspiration.

Many of us have surpassed, driven. We’ve outgrown determination, and we are hitting our stride

Reach sustainability by setting aside time for something beautiful on your journey. Love your steps and keep moving forward.

Getting Readers for Your Beautiful Work

You can push your pen across the paper, carefully drafting 40,000 words, or punch every letter into your keyboard, basking in the glow of your computer screen.

You can dust your work off, tweak it, flip-it, get your best friend’s blessing, then rewrite, edit, rework, edit, package it,  shine it, make it glossy, then finally ship it or post it to your site of choice.

When you’re done and manage to breathe, you’ll start the next task. Yelling from the rooftops, read, read, read. Read my wonderful, all-new, awesome, very awesome, very-very awesome, work!

And to your dismay, you’ll need to learn a nice new headlock to get people to focus or pay attention to your masterpiece.

I learned, while teaching high school, that none of my students were impressed by the number of degrees I had, the work I had created, or the number of skills they’d master while learning with me.

They loved the jokes, the stories I told, and they were most impressed by the tools I gave them to discover themselves on their journey to greatness. That was the value. That made it all worth it.

Once you get rid of the smoke and mystery from yourself, and focus on sharing your generous gifts, which is the knowledge and wisdom you’ve cultivated from your truly honest, hard-earned, relentless work, everything begins to fall into place.

Learners will appear, questions will be plenty, interest will be generated, tools to further the journey for all will be shared and re-shared for everyone’s benefit.

Remember to set a page goal and stick to it. Meet three new people who can help you make magic in your daily life. Discover something new that helps you save time and complete more focused work. Have fun and tell a friend about your journey.

Keep working and have an amazing week.

 

Fear and Ambition

Fear is usually the greatest factor holding you back from your ultimate goal. Sometimes we go so far as to include our fears into our goal setting. Which means our ambitions only reach as far as what we fear.

This is no place for your bold penmanship. This is no dream for those writing new best-sellers, creating new models for the workplace, or artists forging new dreams with their honest, deepest work.

Motivate then actualize your journey by going for your biggest most outlandish concept. Envision more than you fear, and dream bigger and bolder than you ever have before.

Collaborating with Colleagues

Stay connected on your journey to great things. Too often we work in silos and operate in vacuums that lead us nowhere.

I’m sure you’ve got a few friends or colleagues who do the same work as you. Have you ever considered collaborating for growth?

Fear is usually the factor that holds back a good collab. You may question the interaction when the little, scared you inside your head goes, “What if they get more from this than me? What if it doesn’t work out? What if… What if…”

Truth be told, a good collaboration benefits all those with an investment, resources, skills,  knowledge, and experience to add to the collaboration. Avoid imbalances with colleagues who lack at least three of these marquee traits.

The rest is the bravery to start the connection, find a common ground, and ship some high quality work.

The goal is elaborate, unconventional, amazing work that shakes up the world.

Write for life. Make something happen. Make something amazing.

 

Finding New Light in Your Work

Sometimes writing in dark corners can influence your work in a negative way. Let some light into your work.

Too often, I see a writer’s desk or canvas space marred with distractions, clutter, and old wrappers from food mistakes.

Clean off that desk, open the blinds, write in the sunlight if you don’t have a window.

The goal is to open the possibilities of your work to new light, new circumstances, new experiences.

And above all else, be brave. Experiment with new ideas, new readings, new characters and thoughts.

There is no limit. You have all that you need.