Do It Small

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Total Earnings

Driving: $117.00

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Bank Account

$292.19

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Bank Account 9-26-2012
Bank Account 9-26-2012

Mistakes

Look, I've made my fair share of mistakes (ok, more than fair share), and sometimes when I look back I think to myself, "What the hell were you thinking?!"

And more mistakes are on the way, but I've matured enough to start to embrace and welcome them as a part of my daily practice.

When you begin ANYTHING that you've never done before, mistakes are to be expected. And the only thing that will keep you going when you're looking like a klutz or just plain stupid is your vision, and that deep desire to make it a reality.

Without a strong desire to reach your end goal, it's easy for mistakes to become failures.

And here's the difference between mistakes and failures. When think about the word "mistake" break it up so that it looks like MIS-TAKE.

Imagine we're shooting a scene from a movie, and someone messes up the scene by laughing or doing something goofy. Most of the time we'll have to shoot the scene over again, and this is usually called a RE-TAKE. We'll just retake the scene until we get it the way we want.

Mistakes work the same way.

When something goes awry, just do it over again until you get it the way you want it, because this is how EVERY GOAL WORTH ACCOMPLISHING is achieved. And I mean EVERY one. If we were always meant to be on course, without deviation, goals would be so easy to accomplish that they would lose their value.

But there is a big difference between Hollywood and real life in that you may not get to retake a scene with the same players again. Like if you get drunk one night and slap your best friend silly cause you thought they were someone else. Ouch.

Or you get an opportunity to pitch your business idea to high profiled investors and in the middle of your presentation you suddenly get the worst jock itch EVER IN HUMAN HISTORY. So you excuse yourself and return 10 minutes later only to find that they've moved on to the next pitch. Your opportunity of pitching to them is GONE. Well, for now, anyway.

Or maybe you're running for President of the United States and this happens:

Ooops. Yeah, COSTLY mistakes like those are hard to get a retake for, especially if what you've done is just flat out unforgivable. Rick Perry's mistake is hardly unforgivable, but it definitely knocked him out of the race. Will he run for president again? Probably not.

Could he get another chance? Of course. He would have to improve his presentation skills immensely, but it's doable.

Many people GIVE UP on their dreams because it's just tougher to keep on keepin' on, especially when it's difficult to see progress from all your effort. Absolutely it is.

But if you never give up, and never stop trying you will get another shot. If you keep faith, and maintain your vision, you will get a second chance (or more). Maybe it will happen with the same players or an entirely different cast, but you will get another turn. It's guaranteed.

But if you decide to GIVE UP, and don't learn from your mistakes and correct course, then you may find yourself leaving the world of mistakes into the realm of FAILURE.

Failure

Failure has a totally different vibe and feel from mistakes. Failure means it's over and done. It don't work. Kaput. Dead.

I wrote about this awhile back and stated that humans are always successful, and can never fail because we're just designed for success. But projects, programs, ideas, isms, businesses, and machines can and do fail often and many times we associate those failures to us.

"My business failed. I have to shut it down." is different from, "My business has to close down. I failed."

If your arm ceases to work for you then your arm has failed to work, but you can still function. If you happen to go blind, then your eyes have failed to work, not you. Wouldn't you consider Ray Charles a success? Or Beethoven, who was deaf?

Businesses fail all the time, but the question is how many businesses will you start-up and attempt to make profitable before you quit?

When it comes to humans, the closest we can come to failing is giving up or quitting. The day you stop trying, putting in any kind of effort towards your idea or goal is tantamount to failure.

But you're still NOT a failure, because one day, in one single moment you may decide to give it another try. THAT business failed, but you DIDN'T fail. So even failure ends up being another decision we make, or a series of decisions we've made.

Do we make mistakes? Yes, definitely, and lots of them. The right idea is to learn from them, correct course, get better, and improve. Over and over and over again. And sometimes, what seems like a "failed" effort may just be a glitch on the way to something bigger and better.

Once a scientist was working on a particular kind of glue that would ALWAYS STICK, and his "failure" turned into Post-It Notes.

And there's so many examples of this all around us. Even unintended innovations come from making mistake after mistake after mistake, and never giving up.

But failure is when your project is over. When something NEVER reaches a satisfying conclusion, and isn't going to. When progress just stops.

And who determines when something stops completely? Who decides when it's no longer feasible to go on or whether to continue to press on and improve on the last version of an app, book, process, program, or project?

You. Me. We all have the choice.

Everybody's Famous

Everybody's Famous Logo
Everybody's Famous Logo

Everybody's Famous was a company I attempted to build a little more than a year ago. I made so many mistakes, but perhaps the biggest one was trying to do way too much with very little resources.

I just wasn't satisfied with doing things small. I wanted to make it EXACTLY as I envisioned it, and I wanted it NOW. It seems my impatience and lack of foresight cost me money, momentum, and lots of time. Not good when you're working on a strict budget.

I could list many more mistakes around this particular project, but the point is, they are very correctable mistakes.

Is Everybody's Famous a failure? Depends on how it's perceived and by whom.

But it never even got off the ground, and to me that means I've still got a shot to make it work. Maybe that means it doesn't need to work exactly like my ideal vision of it works.

But in my mind, I have never given up on the idea, and just recently I started gearing up for another version of Everybody's Famous.

And that means that I will have to do it SMALL. Very small.

Doing It Small

Sometimes I can get lost in epic visions, lofty ideas, and big goals. It's easy for me to do.

But I'm reminded that even the biggest things are made up of the smallest things. As big as the earth is, it wouldn't even exist without the tiniest of atoms holding it all together.

Big things are made up of little things.

And the idea is so easy to get. You want something big? Well, it's made of of even smaller things. And those small things? They're made up of even tinier things.

And so on and so forth.

One small focused action a day, incrementally, can lead to the greatest of accomplishments.

One small act is a big deal.

The greatest of all baseball players began their journey with a simple game of catch.

The best actors in the world played the smallest of roles in the beginning, even if they were just messing around with their friends.

One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights movement was a simple act of taking a seat on a bus.

One small act. And then another, and another. And pretty soon, you've got a book. Or you've arrived at a destination you once longed for. Or you built a business called Microsoft. Or you received your first industry award. Or be the man or woman you've always wanted.

Whatever it is, no matter how far out of reach it seems, one small step will get you closer. Yes, progress may seem imperceptible and completely unnoticeable, but this cumulative approach will result in a new destination and the fulfillment of your destiny.

It always works. The Tortoise always beats the Hare.

Finally

I've been kinda busy lately. I have a few web projects I'm working on, but my main project right now is finishing up my new book. I haven't announced it on Wake Up Smiling yet, so you get a sneak peak at the new cover.

WTF Book Cover

Thanks to you all for watching me take these tiny steps. It may not seem like I'm progressing (especially if you're looking at that bank account), but I am learning everyday from my mistakes and all the insights I gain from taking steps into the unknown.

Oh, and I will hit my mark.

Paul "Doin' it small y'all" Campillo


Big Dreams & Paying The Price

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Total Earnings

Driving: $457.21

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Bank Account

$560.25

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Bank Account 9-19-12
Bank Account 9-19-12

The Big Goal

It's always great to dream big, and fantasize about the kind of world you want to live in.

When you ask yourself what you really, really want, you may be surprised by your answers.

I recently did this exercise, and allowed myself to dream as big as I wanted, and was surprised that my imagination didn't necessarily produce super lofty goals because the desires I have seem to remain the same over time.

I won't list everything, but let's take a look at some of the highlights (not in any particular order):

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  • Have $50,000 in the bank by August 1, 2013
  • Speak in front of hundreds of people (I don't have to do this often, just a few times. I prefer smaller audiences)
  • Write three bestselling books (1 published traditionally, 2 self-published)
  • Travel around the world (Siberia, India, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Philippines, Russia are top of my list)
  • Shoot a documentary
  • Go surfing, skydiving, canyoning (again), and sailboating.
  • Create transformational workshops, courses, and trainings around Wake Up Smiling concepts.
  • Build business ideas with strong teams (Social Tale-Spin and Everybody's Famous)
  • Create an 8 Life Pillar app
  • Build a strong network of relationships
  • Invest money in other people's start-up ideas and support them in their businesses
  • Live from my heart first, then my mind
  • Keep vibrantly healthy and in tune with my body
  • Be in a committed relationship to a woman that makes me wake up smiling
  • Earn at least $1 million dollars a year in income

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And that's the short list, even though the meatiest parts are up there. And looking at this list, I can say without hesitation that I really believe I can accomplish all of it. Of course, not all of those listed are "accomplishments" because building a strong support network of friends/business partners and being in a committed relationship with one person is an ongoing, continuous process.

Obviously, some of the list requires more detail and specific end dates, but I'll take care of that later.

The point is, this is my version of dreaming BIG, and I know that as I move towards these goals, more opportunities will avail themselves, and what I'll be able to accomplish will expand.

It's been my experience that whole new paths open up as I move into action and start making some serious progress, and then it's up to me whether I take those paths when they present themselves, or stay the course.

Having a list like this is great, and everybody ought to have one. But as I look at the list, a thought knocks me over the head...

Paying The Price

When I have big dreams and have set lofty goals, the one question that I forget to ask myself is:

What's the price I have to pay for 'x'?

You ever think of that? What's the price you're going to have to pay to get something? To achieve that? To accomplish such and so?

What price are you willing to pay to make that dream a reality?

Practicing, rehearsing, and building those habits is the price you have to pay.

The hundreds of hours of piano lessons you put in, so you can play competently in front of others.

The daily grind of speaking a language that sounds so awful coming out of your mouth that you wonder how you can continue, but still motivated by the idea that one day you will speak it fluently.

The exercising and walking each day to get your weight back to sanity or the torturous process of sculpting your abs for that beach body look.

The discipline of writing everyday no matter what, and posting it for others to see and critique, because you know your work will improve with time.

Or how about speaking in front of strangers when ever you get a chance because one day you want to be speaking in front of hundreds of people at a time.

Watch the following video, and then answer the questions that follow.

Many people know Hugh Jackman is from Australia, and is probably best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-men series. But many also don't realize that he's won a Tony award, and as demonstrated from the video, is a complete performer, meaning he can sing, act, and dance while hosting the world's most prestigious entertainment award ceremony.

Bravo, man!

But here are the pertinent questions:

How many hours of practice did he log to get to his current level of vocal ability? (FYI, his vocal skills will also be on display in the upcoming December release of Les Miserables)

How many hours of dance rehearsal and choreography has he put in to perform at this level?

How many hours of practice (singing, acting, dancing, and theater) do you think he put into doing this ONE SKIT, to pull off one of the greatest opening numbers in the history of the Oscars?

And finally...

What price did he have to pay to get to perform at such a high level?

Here's another example.

Legend has it that Stevie Wonder used to write a song a day, everyday. Now, he didn't use them all, obviously, and more of those songs never made it to an album, let alone a single.

But still, a song a day. And that doesn't include actually composing the music, editing, rehearsing, and playing with band members. Oh yeah, and being blind certainly has its drawbacks to the whole process, although he probably would never use that as an excuse for anything.

What price did Stevie have to pay in time and energy to hone his craft? How many hours did he invest into writing songs, composing music, rehearsing, forging strong relationships with promoters, managers, band members, and agents?

Think about how much frustration he had to endure? How many times did he get screwed over? What else did he have to sacrifice?

Sacrifice

Paying the price is one thing. This is what you have to give in order to get something. The bigger the goal, the more you'll have to give. Simple math.

But sacrifice is the other side of the coin. It's what you give up in order to get something. This includes abstaining from all the fun and enjoyment, and giving up some of the everyday pleasures and comforts that nobody sees, but then ignorantly suggest that it was talent that carried the our hero to stardom.

It's giving up the ski trip with your friends to focus on studying.

It's not seeing your girlfriend or boyfriend for long periods of time while you're working on a life changing project.

It's going to war for your country, forsaking all the comforts of home life and leaving your family not knowing if you'll return in one piece.

Here's a definition of sacrifice I learned some time back. I think you'll find it useful:

Sacrifice is when you give up something of value, for something of greater value.

If you're not giving up something valuable, then there is no sacrifice, just mere exchange. And you have to give up a lot in order to realize the big dreams that seem beyond your reach, and experience the awesome life you only fantasized about living.

What am I giving up? What am I willing to give up for this greater dream?

For physical health, maybe it's giving up sweets and the comfort that comes from NOT exercising.

For a successful and growing business, I will have to give up the ten great ideas I have and concentrate on just one. I will also have to give up recreation time, relationship time, etc.

To earn ridiculous amounts of money, I will have to give up the safety net of the past and make myself extremely vulnerable to others.

To learn a language fluently, I will have to give up the certainty I have when communicating, to sound silly, awkward, and embarrass myself while I learn.

To shoot that documentary, I will have to give up time with the people closest to me as well as every luxury, and travel to a foreign country to make a movie that may turn out to be a fruitless endeavor.

Making those sacrifice requires courage, incredible faith, and an unwavering commitment to the vision.

And even after all that, it may not even work out in the end. The endless hours, the tireless energy and effort you put into something, and everything else that suffered along the way while you pursuing your dreams may turn into nothing.

It's easy to see why many never make that big sacrifice, and that makes settling easier to do, even justified. Why take the risk if I'm not guaranteed at least a modicum of success?

Look at your own dreams. Look at your REAL VISION, and ask yourself, are you doing everything you can to get it? Are you willing to drop everything to go after it?

When I think about it, my answer is "no". No, I'm not doing everything I can. Not totally, and not with full abandon.

I see where I wavered, where I stepped off the practice field, where I succumbed to old habits, or just gave in and gave up.

Yet, I pick myself back up again. And I give up again.

I give up every time I don't pay the price. Every time I don't exercise, don't practice, don't rehearse, and don't focus on what "I say" is most important to me.

The Repetitive Questions

When ever motivation is low or when I need a kick in the pants, I'll have these questions posted nearby to remind me of what it takes to make epic sh*t happen.

What price am I willing to pay for my dream?

What sacrifices am I willing to make?

What's the price that I will have to pay for mastery or to be a high level performer?

And the practical side to all of this is in my answers.

I'm going to have to write for three hours a day, at least five days a week, and not one second less.

I'm going to have to start producing videos at least once a week.

I'm going to have to increase the intensity of my workouts.

I'm going to have to offer a lot of my work for free.

I'm going to have to join Toastmasters (again), and attend consistently.

I'm going to have to spend hours of concentrated time creating products, and the corresponding offers that g0 with them.

In other words, it's time to step the f*** up!

See y'all next week.

Paul "Payin' the Cost" Campillo


Just Because You're Good At Something

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Total Earnings

Driving: $141.00

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Bank Account

$149.11

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Bank Account 9-12-2012

Quick Story

My Dad is a weird guy. If you ever thought I was strange, then believe me, you ain't seen nothing yet. But I digress.

There are many things to admire the man for, but I'll choose one. He sticks by his convictions, no matter what. His integrity is rock solid, and is stubbornly unshakable. Those are mere words, but trust me, being around someone like that has some major impact on you, especially if you're around them a lot.

Case in point. My Dad fought in the Vietnam War, and he was happy to go and fight for his country. He would've gladly fought in the Korean War, but they wouldn't take him (too young).

Now, there's only one problem with this whole "fight for your country" scenario. Dad is a pacifist. I mean real deal, super non-violent pacifist. I'm not quite sure if he would actually hurt a fly or not, but he certainly wouldn't kill anyone if he had the choice. No way, Jose.

Adding to this drama, he just happened to be in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. If you don't know what the Tet Offensive is, then look it up. It's considered by many who were there to be the turning point of the war. In other words, things got bloody for everyone.

And of all the times he's been shot at during this period, he refused to shoot and kill others. Yet, he wanted to stay there, work as a mechanic, and support the American forces in any way he could.

Coward? Nope, he wanted to be there. Pacifist? Yes, but still a patriot to the very end.

Now let's add one more interesting bit of trivia to the mix...

Pops was an expert marksman. He could take you out from a distance. You know, like, KILL SHOT.

Yet, he refused to use this one skill. And he refused to use it because it didn't jibe with his values. He maintained his integrity at all costs, even when his very life was at stake.

Here's the takeaway...

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Just because you have a skill doesn't mean you NEED to use it.

Just because you're GREAT at something, doesn't mean it will bring you joy and fulfillment.

And just because you've done a particular job for years or even decades, and you get paid well to do it, doesn't mean it brings out the passion and excitement that makes you feel more ALIVE.

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Thanks Dad.

The Flip Side

There's a flip side to this lesson, of course. Let me illustrate.

This past Sunday and into Monday, I have been working with a friend who has a phobia of driving on the freeway (Back in 2004-5 when I had a ton of coaching clients, I dealt with many a phobia).

Now, if you ever had a phobia or know of someone with one, then you know how irrational it can seem, but you also know how REAL that feeling is when the symbol of their fear is present.

And many times the symbol of a particular phobia is not even related to the actual cause of the phobia. For example, in her case, nothing traumatic ever happened to her on the freeway. It seemingly came out of nowhere.

And before we worked on it together, she had already met with a therapist for some time and also tried meds to no avail.

Just to be clear, she CAN drive the streets and backstreets just fine, but when it comes to getting on that on-ramp, anxiety levels rise. And if she gets on the freeway, panic ensues, and she drives 40-50 mph while frantically looking for the next exit (I know, I was with her when I did my usual baseline test).

Long story short, after walking her through some exercises, we got on the freeway and she was able to go further than she had ever gone since that first panic attack. She still had anxiety, and was almost in panic mode, but not with the same intensity.

After doing her exercises the next day, she got back on the freeway without me, and although she still wasn't going the speed limit, her anxiety levels dropped some more.

Today, Wednesday, I got the following text from her:

"Up to 65. Anxiety level 0."

It's been a couple of years since she was able to accomplish that feat.

I then asked her how she felt, and her response was, "It's indescribable."

AWESOME!

And here's why I bring this up. As I stated earlier, just because you're good at something doesn't mean you should keep doing it, especially if it doesn't make you happy, excited, and feel more alive.

But the flip side is...

What if you're good at something that you're currently not doing enough of (like knocking out phobias in hours)?

Maybe you ought to consider doing more of something because it happens to make you excited, happy, and feel more alive.

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What skills have you been shelving for another day, that bring out the best in you and others?

What knowledge do you have that you've been keeping to yourself, but if you put it out there, could impact someone's life in the most beneficial way?

What activities bring you more joy, more peace, more passion than anything and everything else, but you don't do them because more 'important' things need to get done?

What else do you have that's laying dormant, but when awoken, will bring more life and beauty to the world?

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Next Steps

I'm working on various projects now, with more paid work coming down the pipeline for Value Detectives, once folks get their material together.

I'm revamping Wake Up Smiling right now, which may take some time, but I'm excited about the possibilities.

I'm laying the groundwork for products I want to develop, doing the market research, checking my excitement meter, and forming mind-maps.

As things crystallize, I will post more specific details here.

Hope you have a WONDER-FULL week...

Paul 'Phobia Killa' Campillo


Inspiration, Risk, And Selling Out

[dropcap type="2"]W[/dropcap]eek 5 is complete. I thought this week would be quick and painless, but I just couldn't stop writing. It's also arriving a day late, so let's get to it. SCOREBOARD:

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Total Earnings

Driving: $551.72

Value Detectives: $250.00

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Bank Account

$832.33

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Bank Account 9-5-2012
Bank Account 9-5-2012

What's Your Brand?

This past week, I asked myself two primary questions. How do I want to position myself in the market, given my knowledge & skills? And -- what problem do I want to solve for others, which also translates to, "What am I offering the market?"

Tuesday, I met with a friend to talk about these questions, and we ended up discussing this for a few hours. At times it was frustrating and felt like we were forcing the issue, and other times we produced just "ok" ideas.

Ideas were shut down if they weren't bold enough. Wordy taglines and oft used phrases were dismissed.

The criteria was simple. Be bold. Be unique. Be simple. Be clear.

Then SOMETHING happened. Something odd, but familiar.

A good idea trickled out, which led to a stream of MORE good ideas. Then a great idea surfaced...

And then the dam BURST.

And you wouldn't believe the INSANITY that came out of our mouths. It was utterly ridiculous. Silly even. But now we were cracking up, and the creative climate changed.

We were suddenly energized, and our discussion became much more inspired from that point on. But now a more important question confronted me and could possibly determine the future of my brand...

"What would happen if I actually implemented these CRAZY IDEAS?"

And not just for this ONE project, but to MY ENTIRE LIFE?

To Risk Or Not To Risk

As time passes and deadlines approach (like my pending foreclosure), it can be difficult to decide what to focus on RIGHT NOW.

Is this a good time to take a chance? To really take a risk and put myself out there in ways that I'm not even used to? In a way that could make many people scratch their heads and say to themselves, "WTF is Paul doing?!"

Maybe, maybe not, but I realized that the path I'm currently on is not FULLY ME, and I am still holding back way too much of myself.

That brainstorming/strategy session demonstrated a few very important things to me.

Being Yourself Is A Risk.

I'm learning that it's difficult to really express my deepest core self to a broad audience. Dealing with people on a one-to-one basis is easy, and I've got that one nailed. Plus, I'm already pretty open and honest, and usually have no problem saying what I feel and being direct with others.

But expressing the way I REALLY feel to readers and visitors (whom I may or may not know), and the stuff I really want to say to them (speaking or writing), I've noticed that I withhold and filter way too much.

Because being myself, and being really true to how I feel and expressing myself to the FULLEST is not always easy to do. Why? Because I'm concerned with how my friends, family, colleagues, associates, the market, and others will perceive me? Maybe that's a part of it. But how do you talk to a crowd of people from different backgrounds, and please them all in some way?

And why should I care whether they ALL get something or not? Why should anyone care what others think of them?

But the fact is most of us do care. And the benefits that come from caring about what others think about us is clear.

By filtering and tailoring my message for others, I'm assured of acceptance. Security and stability are guaranteed. Ease and comfort are all mine. These are the things everybody silently considers when deciding if they should tell people what they REALLY THINK.

But this is foolishness. By compromising my message in any way, by tapering it and editing it so that it's acceptable to others is just making me more invisible. It's mediocrity at its best, and a yawner at its worst. There is no impact on others when your own mind is dull.

It's takes more courage to rock the boat. It's tougher to be controversial. It's more difficult to stir conflict and debate. It's harder to go against the grain. And why go against the grain? Why stir the pot?

Part of the reason is that we're wired this way. We're hardwired, biologically, to stick with groups and tribes and not go against them, because our physical survival depends on it. To go against the tribe and your own culture is to struggle and perish. It's been this way probably since humans have existed.

So why take the risk and say what no one else is saying when it could separate yourself from the crowd? Why tell your husband or wife that you're just not into IT anymore, and you're thinking about moving on, and potentially lose EVERYTHING? Why ask the doctor to help you uncover the REAL REASONS why you're depressed, when it's just easier to take a pill, rather than really doing the work necessary to have a healthy body?

Why bother when it's easier not to?

Selling Out

Because in the end, it's just easier to sell out for safety and security, that's why.

It's been easier to take the job, and not fight for the life I want.

It's easier to settle on money and comfort, because I've tried things and they just didn't work, so why take another chance when I can be MORE certain?

I can hear the rebuttals. You have to eat. You have to survive. Yeah, I agree, and interestingly enough, I HAVE BEEN MORE THAN SURVIVING (I am actually HEALTHIER than I've been). I'm still HERE. I've found a way. And granted, if you have a family, it's much more complicated to make these tough decisions, but in the end, you still have to LIVE with yourself.

It's definitely easier to go with the dominant culture, and be a little LESS of myself to maintain security, because who wants to become an outcast within your own family or tribe?

The truth is, I have sold out and settled for many things. Yes, I've taken my risks, and have lived a very different life. Yes, I've taken a non-conformist path, and remain on the fringe in many ways, but...

But why am I not speaking? Why am I not sitting in front of a video camera and sharing these ideas with you? Why have I only written one book, knowing I have the capacity and ability to write five more? Why have I not fully committed to my personal relationships, to my businesses, to my own future to the very best of my ability? Why am I not out there, and really DOING IT?

And what happens if I do? What happens if I GO ALL OUT? What happens if I do COMMIT ALL THE WAY? What happens if I do MY ART, and SING MY OWN SONG and actually SHARE it with the world? What happens if I really take the fringe of my imagination, and express it unconditionally on the canvas of LIFE?

What would happen if WE ALL DID THAT?

Because NOT GOING ALL OUT is SELLING OUT.

Inspiration

And that's what Tuesday's brainstorming session stirred in me. It awoke a side of me that's more daring, more bold, and more FUN. And it's definitely more ME. It's just not the "me" people are used to seeing, unless of course, you have spent some quality time with me.

True, I have a goal, but this really isn't about money. Wait till you see what I do with that $50,000 (that's another story altogether). But this journey is about being my best possible self. It's about unleashing my talents, personality, service, perspective, value, and all my love onto some unsuspecting human.

Because I can't SPEND my time away on things that don't bring out the best ME. I can't do things just for money without it being meaningful to me. Most can, but I cannot. Check that. I WILL NOT.

And I believe we're all here to do the same. To be the best human being you can be. To keep reaching for your full potential (because you'll never reach it) and NEVER STOP. Because the more we go, the more we grow. And the more we grow, the more ALIVE we feel, and the more others are inspired by our example.

What makes you feel ALIVE? And why would you not FILL YOUR DAY WITH THIS ACTIVITY AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE???

Wait A Minute! Hold Up!

You may be asking, "What the heck came out of this brainstorm session?!"

I'm saving that for another day, because I want to let this whole new paradigm marinate just a bit to see if it really sticks in my consciousness. It's been two days after our mastermind, and it seems to be sticking.

And I promise to share with you, but I'll probably share more through demonstration than any other means.

It's going to be a ton of work to get this off the ground, but if my initial vibe is any indication, then I'll have more than enough energy to get all this done.

More on all of this soon.

Next Steps

If you noticed from my income statement, I've picked up a web design contract for Value Detectives. Since I know him, he's getting the "homie" discount at a flat rate of $500. I'll post updates on this project, in case anyone is interested, but they'll be brief.

Here's what I'm focused on next:

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  • Map strategy for Project X by September 12, 2012 (I will reveal this soon)
  • Prepare outline for the "Manifesto" by September 10, 2012
  • Figure out the Kindle platform and get Butt-Naked Abundance on Amazon by September 17, 2012 (Still need to learn the platform)
  • Discuss foreclosure options with my "Secret Weapon" (I will reveal WHO this is at a later date, but he's ridiculously AWESOME at dealing with banks and contract law)

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Thanks for hanging in there, see you next week.