Last year I discovered Chris Brogan and although I believe he did exist before then, I hardly knew anything about him. Once I tapped into his offerings (I read three books he wrote, signed up for at least as many courses and have been reading his weekly newsletter/email since he first invited me to) my outlook has changed (for the better) and I developed a clearer articulation of my mission in life.
I would also like to add that we have had a few short one-to-one email exchanges over the months and he is an extremely generous and helpful individual. However, what makes Brogan truly stand out head and shoulders above the crowd is that he has developed the ability to plant seeds of community that grow into active and self-replicating groups of people who support each other.
Chris is a “no excuses” guy so I really do not have much to say to him other than a report on what is working and what isn’t. Just fantasying about work or chatting about what I’m planning on doing is a waste of his valuable time and I respect that. I do owe him a debt of gratitude and I am making that public with this post.
I went from being able to do 30 pushups (without stopping to rest in between) to 50 (my personal goal) by opting in to his strategy of working out everyday, without fail. I believe that contributed to me meeting my ideal weight goal of 175# and I now write 1500 words per day, every day, thanks to his suggestion that by developing certain habits by choice you can become more like who you really want to be.
The last bit I want to proclaim is that I am implementing his 3 words strategy for the first time and posting them here for anyone who cares to read them.
Concentrate – I have noticed that my actions have been diluted and that I am not satisfied with the results I have been getting. This means that instead of continuing to spread myself thin and setting a wide variety of weak goals, I am intentionally narrowing my activities to accommodate a smaller range of objectives. This should generate a result that is more like what I am striving to attain.
Converge – None of the skills and talents I have are being utilized to the fullest advantage that I know they can be. I have been robbing the rest of the world (as well as myself) of the benefits of my best efforts. In a concentrated effort to use what I have to better potential, I am making it my business to find ways to direct the best of what I am toward a singular purpose. My video production skills and equipment, combined with my business experience and passionate love for writing and recording songs should all combine to produce a viable product offer in 2015.
Consistency – Developing habits that I can live with and just knock out every single day is what is going to make this dream of mine a tangible reality. I know this is a fact, and every year I say, “I’m going to be more consistent.” It is true that I have been getting better at this over the years. I believe this is mostly because I have refined the systems for documenting and tracking my activities since I first set out to make something of myself. Momentum is what is going to really make this year exceptional because repeating simple daily disciplines, everyday, is what generates actual results.
What about you, what is your plan for this year? Is there anything I can do to help you make it happen?
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