I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference.
People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.
I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you.
Measure Your Wealth in Options
The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:
I recently picked up the Amazon Fire TV Stick so I could stream movies from Amazon Prime on my TV for the kids and stuff. I figured it’d be a little more “family” feeling than watching off my 11 inch laptop screen. I suddenly learned so much more about visual media and how much it’s coming to mirror the way USA Today thought about delivering information from as far back as when they launched in the early 80s. We love molecular media.
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Since 2006, I’ve been inviting people to shift how they approach their year and how they frame their goals and intentions. I created the “My 3 Words” exercise because most resolutions aren’t especially helpful. We decide something vague like “I’ve gotta get in shape” or “I’ve gotta quit smoking” or “I need to make more money” but while these are all great goals, they’re not really useful as ways to guide our activities throughout the year. I thought that maybe we could come up with something better, something more useful, something that would work within our thought process daily and not just for the first seven or eight days of the new year.
What Goes Into Your Three Words?
The first point I’d like to make is that it rarely works for you if you create a phrase. “Do the work,” for instance, is a great thing to think about, but it kind of wastes two words. If you just wrote “work,” you’d still get the gist of the intention. That frees up two words for something else.
Remember that your day is your week is your month is your year. Your success comes from each choice you make along the path. And it’s always your choice.
Are you ready to take on 2015? For the last few years, I’ve been running a course called Brave New Year, where we work together on growing out your confidence, your ability to execute, and much more. We’ve had hundreds of graduates from the Brave course, and they are one of my most active private communities, as well.
Join Me for Brave New Year
This is eight weeks of information sent via email (mostly text, but a few audio files as well), plus a secret private community. Every week, we talk about various aspects of how to help you improve your confidence, build your ability to move past your previous experiences, learn how to grant yourself the permission you’ll need to thrive, and how to execute and take action.
The Least Read Email of the Year
I may be alone on this. You tell me. But the holidays email message is the least read email of the year. I haven’t read yours (from your corporation). I just don’t care. I don’t care about your skits. I don’t care about the pic with everyone in the Santa hats. It’s not personal. It’s the opposite of personal.
You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share.
It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance.
Shine Your Own Bat Signal
Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some connective tissue between you and the people you serve, what do you do?