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Welcome to a few days shy of the second half of the year 2011. Just wanted to check in and see if you are able to:
- remember your theme word for the year
- explain to your accountably partners how well you have worked so far in living up to your power word, and living up to the principles you asked them to keep you accountable for
- produce your completed Resource And Accountability Worksheet (if you can’t you can download a new one here)
- give a few lessons learned from the failures you’ve had to have faced during the almost last six months
- mark a huge success that has occurred in your life
- rewrite your plan to fit the soon to be next six months
Well? Are you able?
Part of the process of learning is learning that those who may have ‘made it’ (or seem to have ‘made it’ or are at least trying to convince you that they have ‘made it’) still deal with the same frustration they had on the way up and that you may be having now. Senior sales associates have bad prospecting days and bad clients they can’t seem to shake, artists deal with creative blocks more often than you would believe, and general creative types have projects that they fall in love with that somewhere down the line seem to morph into sentient beings whose sole purpose is to torture and torment their creators. I’m about to share with you on such monster I had to slay unexpectedly.
This time last year, I was in the process of giving up on the current iteration of the You Already Have The Answers / Today’s Quote & Question Website (the information is still live at http://youalreadyhavetheanswers.wordpress.com). Now, I am in the process of mentally killing two website projects that were launched at the beginning of this year because I am being drained of all my energy by all the work that goes into them.
You Already Have The Answers had the luxury of being a project that was years in the making, with some sort of daily quote or weekly question being published in some form online that turned into a full years worth of daily content ready to go a year before I even launched the website. Most of the upfront work was complete, and the bulk of the ‘daily’ work consisting of making sure the write up for the day’s quote and question was still relevant to the time (as I said, some were written almost two years prior to my 2010 launch of the project).
I took an inadvertent hiatus from posting to this blog on April 1st of last year, and within a few days lost the will to pick it back up. Turns out that I had made a major victory in the gathering of content around the concept. I will probably never know if I had a real winner in the concept itself because I was receiving no response. It was a daily blog / Twitter / Facebook / email send off that was bringing back no responses. And it was wearing me out.
As it turns out, being a ‘friend’ and posting that the dog is sick or that there is drama in your life that of course is not your fault is good fodder to pull in more than a few comments. Attempting to create coherent conversations with these same ‘friends’ doesn’t really work as well. This is even true for the celebrities and social media gurus using the internet and social media sites, although you may have to look a little harder to see it. They may attract huge numbers in the way of followers and actual responses, but you’ll find the bulk of those responses fall into the ‘you’re so awesome’ worship category or the ‘me too’ parrot category.
You Already Have The Answers never really worked as a way to garner conversation online, so I reluctantly moved away from it, and although drained from all the hard work, I had sincerely hoped I would find something soon to fill the void with something that I could love just as much, but would have its potential actually show some potential. So far, nothing really has.
I now sit on the verge of killing two other projects that I have put a lot of work into that both have daily components. One is Monday though Saturday, the other seven full days a week. Neither of them is as beloved as You Already Have The Answers, but both of them were created in part to fill a need for another love of mine, money. And they are not making any, and I’m getting the same feelings I did last year. I am getting a little tired of being a lot tired from putting in the all the time it takes to get these projects done.
I am not killing them, at least at the time of this posting, but the temptation is so there.
The key to dealing with the frustration of failed, failing, or frustrating projects and tasks is to make sure you are learning something from them. I learned so much about the process of editing my own stuff working on You Already Have The Answers that it has become second nature to proofread my work multiple times before publishing–even if it may not actually help any efforts to produce texts with fewer spelling and grammar mistakes. It also sold me on leaving the safety of Blogger as my blogging platform of choice, which I am very grateful of.
Sometimes you just stop working on things. You lose funding, time, or desire, and stop. I have learned there is nothing wrong with that, especially if you took the time to pick up a few lessons about your abilities and yourself before you pulled the plug on the project.
And a little time away can lead to a fresh approach if you find yourself renewed with the spirit to get back to that dormant project.
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In a split-second of inaction, you can . . .
. . . lose an idea, possibly your greatest idea yet . . .
. . . lose momentum, to what could have been your greatest streak ever . . .
. . . lose control, and watch what was complete order turn into total chaos . . .
. . . lose faith, and miss out on claiming that win you should have had.
How do you avoid having to take any of these losses? Focus. Pacing. Trusting. Believing.
Don’t let a blink or a flinch be your downfall.
Today is November 22. Nothing is all that special about the day itself, but think about how different life could have been if on this day:
Eddie Murphy was not hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live (1980)
President John F. Kennedy had survived his assassination attempt (1963)
Confederate General John Bell Hood didn’t invade Tennessee in an attempt to draw General William T. Sherman out of Georgia (1864)
A Soviet army counter offensive against the German forces didn’t pay off and trap about a quarter-million German soldiers within Stalingrad (1942)
Defective equipment didn’t cause two Long Island Railroad commuter trains to collide and kill 79 people (1950)
Mary Ann Evans, who would later write under the name George Eliot, was not born (1819)
Jack London, author of White Fang and Call of the Wild, did not die (1916)
20-year-old Mike Tyson did not become the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in the history of the sport (1986)
Some of these events are trivial listings of our history, and might have caused a few ripples in its footnotes. Some of these events are monumental and tide turning, and could have lead directly to a radically different today.
On this day, November 22, 2010, what historical marks are you making on the world? Will your impact be remembered for generations to come? Will you have made a difference in someone’s life today, and in the lives of those looking back at your actions in the future?
The latest high profile cable news big hire was announced yesterday. Lou Dobbs was officially welcomed to the Fox Business Network family, where he will appear on a variety of programs as an analyst and commentator now, leading up to a daily television show starting in 2011. After 30 or so years as a mainstay on CNN, Dobbs left the network after it became extremely obvious that he and his bosses weren’t seeing eye-to-eye in ideology. So FBN didn’t exactly pluck the veteran TV man from his former job, which they have been known to do with some of their bigger names, but it’s the next best thing.
The last big deal in TV hirings came on Monday, this the official launch of Conan O’Brien’s new cable late night talk show, ‘Conan,’ on TBS. You will probably remember his very public firing after inheriting the coveted ‘Tonight Show’ time slot from Jay Leno, who then months later yanked it back from him, in part due to Leno having better lawyers than O’Brien.
A high profile hiring can be great for an organization, or can be a very obvious announcement of the beginning of the end. Let’s look at some of the issues surrounding the to TV hiring mentioned above, some announces, some assumed, and some that have the potential to be.
A high profile hire means a firing, or at least a reshuffling, of someone else. Conan didn’t see the use in fighting for his show on NBC if he had to shift it back and hour because Leno had a clause to ensure his show started at 11:30 eastern, but George Lopez was more than happy to shift his ‘Lopez Tonight’ from 11 eastern to Midnight to make room for Conan. Likewise, somebody is not going to be doing their current daily television show on FBN in 2011 if Lou Dobbs is going to get their slot.
A high profile could mean that whatever you’re already doing isn’t working. That’s fine, and not necessarily a sign of panic. Not necessarily, but it does target something that was lacking in the organization. Finding out you can book KISS after you’ve signed and advertised Mini KISS can be worth eating Mini KISS’s contract, although if you can get them to play on the same bill, you’ve got double gold. Looking at TV people I used above, Conan’s hire became an extension their growing late night talk brand. Dobbs, from a skeptic’s point, points to the formula applied to the Fox New Network not quite working for the Fox Business Network. Its not shifting the deck chairs on the Titanic, but it just look a little interesting. Unless it just works, then it was just genius.
Be aware of the implications that the hiring, and on the flip side the losing, of superstar talent can do directly to your organization, and to the whisperings and rumbling about your organization.
Take a look at where you are today.
Take a look back at where you started from, and notice all the milestones and crossroads that you have come past to get to where you want to be.
Chances are that path is not linear. It probably goes all over the place. You can’t see your start from your current end point by looking straight back. But the really is path is linear. You just have to see the line unfold as you connect the dots point by point by point.
Now think about where you want to be. You can see it in your mind, but you can’t look ahead and see a direct line to that point, and definitely not a timely arrival.
Just like it wasn’t a straight path to where you are, you will probably not find a straight path to your targeted destination.
It’s going to take a little more connecting the dots to get there.