We're all born with gifts. I'm not sure what they are all the time. But something is going to happen that's absolutely amazing in this lifetime. I'm convinced of that.
Some Prompts to Unlock Your 2014 Prophecy
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. You write things down, file them away in a drawer, and a year later you wonder why nothing on the list has been accomplished. This year, we're not going to let that happen. It's time to ditch the wish list for a prophecy.
If you're in our small army, nothing would make me happier than to see you go out and make 2014 your year. So rather than writing down a wish list, I figured I'd share some prompts and hacks that have helped me.
First, start by getting yourself a Post-It note, and writing, "What's the most important thing you could be doing at this moment?" and put it on your desk or somewhere you'll see it every single day. Let this be your compass. Let this be what determines your daily actions. It's simple, but you'll work less and get more done.
Second, write down your ideal life in detail. AJ Leon calls this an evacuation plan. I sent him mine, and I was amazed how quickly everything on it happened. The Post-It note is your compass, and this will be your list of destinations on a journey.
Third, pick one word. Last year, I ditched specific goals for one word, FOCUS. Let that one word be the lens through which you choose your behaviors.
Fourth, we need to explore gratitude. Over the last 60 days some amazing things have happened in my life. Greg Hartle sent me a text a few months back and said, "Make a list of everything you are grateful for. Then write down a list of everything you're grateful for that hasn't happened yet." This is going to shift your energy, and it will cause you to show up in the world in a certain way.
Fifth, we need to answer some very important questions (inspired by recent interviews).
Decide on some daily action (exercise, writing, singing, drawing), and commit to doing it every single day. I believe the simple act of committing to something for so long will dramatically change your life. If you need help, our friends at Busy Building Things have made this really cool calendar. It's based on the concept of not breaking the chain (advice from Seinfeld to aspiring comedians). Pick your activity, and don't break the chain.
Go somewhere with a notebook. It's important not to use a computer. You need to listen to your inner voice and if you're buried in digital distractions, you won't hear it.
Answer all of the following questions:
- Why don't I have everything I want?
- What behaviors need to change?
- What's really meaningful to me?
If I knew nothing about online business, blogging, etc., what would my unmistakable creative self tell me to do? (This will unlock things in a big way).
Do all of this. Don't sweat how you'll get there too much. Just remember that you control your behavior. You might end up a little to the left or a little to the right of your destination. That's better than getting nowhere near it!