Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to gather followers as quickly as we can gather wildlife?
Recently I had a fantastic day starting with an energetic group coaching session followed by snorkeling around the reefs at Tunnels beach on our north shore. Later we watched a movie and finished the day with PuPu’s (appetizers) with friends.
These experiences, all in one day gave me a glimpse into what semiretirement can look and feel like.
Adversely, as a massive planner and chief spreadsheet creator, I am often drowning in ideas to build my coaching practice which then claims my dreams. Not so good.
That night, the avalanche of ideas was insisting I stay awake in spite of some ineffective help from a sleeping pill.
I had a couple of revelations illustrated by the analogy of too many plates in the air.
The plates turned into balloons and one by one I popped each of them while doing a happy dance.
I suggest, if we get lost in the myriad of tasks, goals and new ideas (aka shiny objects), that we return to our core work.
- Revisit and revise if necessary, our vision and why.
- Be clear on who we serve and their needs.
- Know how we can specifically help the client solve their problems.
Then we will successfully gather the gaggle, flock or tribe we are seeking.
The Most Effective Tool I Use Today That Leads Me to My Goal
I don’t mean an app or a device. The best tool is my journal. Every morning at sunrise.
I always thought it would be smart to write a journal. Can you imagine how it would feel now to have maintained a journal all these years?
I started many times. Key word – Started. Through the years, I’ve written only in short bursts.
That story changed as we began planning to make the move to Kauai two and a half years ago. One of my colleagues suggested I start journaling about my relocation. I took her up on that idea and now months later I have at least 700 journal entries. Many lead me towards a blog post while some have already been published. But more importantly, my journal is the place I center myself each day.
My journal has become
- A diary
- A place to vent
- A place to sort out my thoughts and problems
- A place to plan
My daily routine of going to the beach 30 minutes before dawn to write has become invaluable to me. It fuels my quest to reinvent myself in a new location and new lifestyle, aka semiretirement.
Or as I like to say now – Unretirement.
Begin Your Journal Today
Therefore, my most reliable recommendation to you is to begin or if you have a journal, commit to writing every day.
Feel free to follow my quick start process:
- The only rule is to write every day.
- You choose the time, location and physical properties. I write at sunrise on the beach on my iPhone. Many say it’s best with paper and pen, but there is too much moisture here to retain these items over time – or even a day!
- Start each writing session with free-writing. Write whatever comes to mind as long as you want. There are no time or word count guidelines. You want to find your rhythm.
- Finish each day with a “Daily New Reality Check.” Write your goals as if they have already happened. For instance, if a goal is to sell 1,000 widgets a year, write that you’re consistently selling 100 widgets a month and each sale is easy. Your customers love your widgets and are eager for your next model. Hopefully, you get the idea.
I thought I would get bored writing the Daily Reality Check day after day. I quickly found my story changed each day. Not my goals but my outlook on them.
My #1 goal for this year is to build my email list to 1,000 followers. Some days I talk about list growth. Others are about finding the flow in my work. (Read my Medium Post on this) My Reality Check includes my goal of publishing ebooks, which in turn will build my list. What comes to mind each day is based on whatever is in the forefront of my mind at that moment. It is not a chore and it certainly doesn’t take very long.
What I believe is that this process will center my daily processes to succeed.
With this focus, we will have our followers.