Monthly Archives: Feb 2015

Understanding The Resistance

Lessons from yesterday (about the Resistance)…

1. Whenever you face (or contemplate) significant change, you’ll simultaneously face Resistance. Your ‘lizard brain’ fears change. It will compel/convince you to resist it.

2. The intensity of the Resistance is proportionate to the significance of the change. Small changes are more easily accepted than bigger ones.

3. Being wise enough to know which Resistance to overcome, and being tough/persistent enough to actually overcome it, are key to accomplishment.

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Decide to Commit

For those who buy a course or program about ANYTHING – how long do you typically work on the system you learn in it?

Reminds me of an analogy I read in a book about success engineering.

Your journey to success begins in the center of a sphere, with the surface being your destination.

If you set out and keep moving, be it ever so slowly, in one direction – and stick with it – you’ll eventually arrive at the surface.

But if you start, pause, stop, turn, step back, change direction, and so on, you’ll keep moving around in circles around the center itself – and never get close to success.

What’s the point of this message?

Decide to commit to something – anything – today. Stick with it for 3 months. See if your results are any different from what you’ve enjoyed so far.

Deal?

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Do You Listen?

Do you listen to Nature? Often?

When was the last time you paused to listen as a bird tweeted, or to the soft ripple of a brook, or the rustle of the evening breeze through leaves, or just the whoosh of a sudden gust of wind?

If it was too long ago, think about this –

You’re not ‘living’… you’re just waiting to die!

Stop. Hit pause. Listen.

And enjoy what you hear.

It’s priceless… yet free!

Footnote:

What brought this on?

I woke up early this morning.  As I read email and browsed forums, I heard our daily visitor, a little friend who drops by every morning, go “Tu-wheet, tu-wheet” in the lemon tree in our backyard.

Dropping everything, I rushed to the window, and spent a few minutes enjoying her little song and watching the little busybody flit from one branch to the other.

And in those quiet moments, I felt fully alive!

Wouldn’t you? Try it.

tailor bird

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Lasting Value

I’ve been writing for over 15 years.  On looking back, there are two kinds of work I’ve created.

Earlier on, I wrote a lot of non-fiction.  Other than short reports and articles, I created over 60 ebooks or ebooklets.  Each took anywhere between a few days and a few hours.

I have also authored one full-length non-fiction book.  It was almost a month before I got it finished.

More recently, with the growing popularity of the ebook marketplace and the Kindle/iPad revolution, I turned my hand to fiction writing.

My very first attempt was a regular novel, a thriller.  Learning to craft fiction, and putting together my very first work in this genre meant that it was a slow, painstaking effort.  By the time I was finally done with my novel – and happy with the result – it was 8 months.

My first shorter novella in another fiction genre was faster.  I got the 10,000 word ebook finished in just a day, working from an outline.

Thinking about all these different types and styles of writing made me wonder about how impactful they might be.

From an R.O.I. (return on investment) perspective, obviously, the faster it gets done, the more likely it is that there will be a greater return from the effort… simply because the investment is so small.

But from a quality perspective, as well as one of depth, meaningfulness and impact, there’s little doubt that a more thoroughly researched and meticulously crafted piece of writing will be better.

It’s a trade-off between ‘quick, easy money’ and ‘lasting value’.

There’s no point at which the two intersect.

Which will you choose?

R.O.I. – or Lasting Value?

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