How does 2012 look in the horizon?
I have no idea, don’t have a Crystal Ball, but I got a good feeling about it. Why? For no particular reason. Having said that, I did make a promise to myself: “when I am 34 years old, I am scaling up my passion into a full time venture”. Kind of hoping the universe aligns in my favor. It’s not to much to ask, isn’t it? I have been working hard for over 12 years, so come on universe, let me leap into bigger and more meaningful experiences in 2012. I promise I’ll live up to your expectations.
What do ‘Focus’ and ‘Authority’ mean to me?
1 – Focus.
It does not stand for concentrating on momentary tasks and getting through to do lists. It stands for the need to say ‘NO’ to low leveraging projects and ideas, including doing work that does not add up to point number 2 – authority. Also, it included not getting into work that does not put me closer to living life doing the 20% that matter. Most importantly, it means, producing and “shipping” daily.
2 – Authority.
To be recognized as a subject matter expert. One who others trust due to a constant and consistent contribution made. Building my ‘Authority’ involves recognising, whilst understanding, how my know-how, life experience, intuition, passion, values and character strengths could bring value to others beyond my most immediate network.
‘Focus’, when applied strategically, leads to ‘Authority’. To focus is extremely hard for a ever curious mind like mine. Having said that, I got a plan!
The plan (if I could call it a plan)
To make mindset shifts in order to use my curiosity more efficiently and strategically (please be mindful ‘strategy’ is not a bad word and it does not belong to corporations and athletes, ‘strategy’ is simply the application of critical and creative thinking towards a bigger aim or goal).
My strategy includes slow and incremental changes to key behaviours as an attempt to remould undesired habits. I’ve chosen ‘focus’ and ‘authority’ in order to engage myself in projects which will bring about a positive snowball effect in my life. These two words are my guiding mantras for the next 30 days.
To get me started, I am launching another personal challenge today, the “30 DAYS WRITING CHALLENGE”
In the next 30 DAYS, I will be writing a minimum of 30 Insightful Blog posts on subjects I am specialising on.
This challenge will help me improve my writing skills, re-shape a few ‘bad habits’ and re-condition my mindset with practice and repetition (classic learning principles). Furthermore, I am using peer-pressure positively by publishing what I am doing here and by telling people I know and respect about my goal. I guess it makes me HAVE TO DO IT.
The “30 DAYS WRITING CHALLENGE” was strategically designed because it will force me to focus (one project for 30 days, one article a day), force me to build more authority (writing about change, learning, creativity and the “shipping” of ideas), and sharpen key skills (writing, editing, researching with purpose, blogging, list building, etc) and positive behaviours (focus, write, read, create and ‘ship’ daily) needed to get me closer to my vision.
Since none of these articles have been written (my 30 day challenges are real and organic, so trust me, I have not written a single article yet), and I am a non native English speaker, this challenge is going to be a massive one, a real kick in the butt! Hence, like every other challenge, I am going to learn heaps by having a go at it.
What am I writing about?
Good question, but unfortunately, or fortunately, I only have a partial answer to that question. I know I am tackling a few issues that haunt all of us down. I know I am writing about ‘change’, ‘learning’, ‘creativity’ and the ‘shipping of ideas‘, but I don’t know what is going to come out of this. I guess I’ll have to let the creative juices speak – I hope they do.
Should you care?
I guess so. It would be really nice of you if you read my posts for the next 30 days. I am sure you will learn something. It’s FREE. You can stop later, if you want to.
As a matter of fact, here goes a few reasons WHY you should COME BACK ONCE A DAY, for the next 30 DAYS:
Reason number 1: Because you are just a MEAN person!
Because you want to keep an eye on me and make sure I fail! Let’s say, you don’t believe I can do it and you want to prove it. I recognise some people are like that, so PLEASE, PRESSURE ME. I’d love the pressure! You can make a few comments as well, even negative ones if you wish. I promise I won’t take it personally. 🙂
Reason number 2: Because you are KIND
Even though I like pressure, I much rather have your SUPPORT. So, you should come back because you chose to be nice and SUPPORT me on my personal challenge. If you’ve chosen to be KIND, make comments, suggestions, share what you’ve liked, spread my words! It counts heaps to me. So, SHARE THE LOVE!
Reason number 3: Because you WANT TO!
Unlike a previous 30 DAY Challenge, I hope I succeed this time.
Good luck to me and hope to see you back here.
Ps.: I am starting to write as soon as I post this, I can feel the pressure already! Dam it, what have I put myself into?