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365 more times

If you repeated what you did today 365 more times will you be where you want to be next year? If you are not focused on the right things, then no. Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about getting the right things done. It is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining…

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If you don’t know what to do

“If you don’t know what to do, you look around and see what everyone else is doing and don’t do that.” ~ Dan Kennedy, Magnetic MarketingIt’s a simple rule, but it can be hard to follow. We’re social creatures, and we want to fit in. We want to be like everyone else.But following the crowd is often…

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The intersection of Hard Work and Inspiration

“Out of about 300 songs John & I wrote together, we never had a dry session. We’d always come in and we never went away from the session going, (sigh) couldn’t get it today. We always finished a song. Which is pretty remarkable.” – Paul McCartneyAuthor Steven Pressfield calls this the intersection of Hard Work and Inspiration. “Diligence produces…

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Perfectly present

It isn’t about being perfect. It is about being present.So often we get caught up in the idea of doing things perfectly that we never take any action at all. We overthink things, and as a result, nothing ever gets done.You need to show up and do the work, even if it isn’t perfect. Consistent…

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Things don’t have to be hard to be valuable

It does not have to be hard (unless you say it does). You can like what you do and have fun doing it.Seems stunningly obvious when you see it in print, but how often do we make things harder than they need to be?I strive to provide elegantly simple solutions to complex problems… Yet sometimes…

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Measure output not outcomes

Are you actually doing the work that will lead to the desired outcomes?If you are, the results will come.By focusing your weekly goals on your outputs (lead indicators), which are 100% in your control — you are more likely to improve your results (lag indicators) — which are not 100% in your control).“We’re held back…

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creating consistent content

On Becoming a Consistent Content Creator

Yesterday I wrote and published a post on ContentCreatorsPanner.com — How to Become a More Consistent Content Creator.  Oh, the irony…Until very recently, I had not really been a consistent content creator. My planner partner Kim and I laughed about it at first. Then I started thinking about why it was that I had not been…

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try risk crop

You Don’t Need Permission

You don’t need permission. Find what makes you happy, what drives you, and do it. Every day. Follow wherever it leads you.

Sometimes you don’t know you’re on the right path until you are far enough along to look back. I never wanted to do anything other than make things and I never could have planned the trajectory that got me here. Looking back, of course it was right, it worked.

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