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The last few days have been super inspiring. Everywhere I look, I see great posts coming up – posts that give me a shot in the arm to challenge myself and get things done.

Here’s what has been keeping me awake till late hours in the night:

1. 6 Reasons Why They Are Rich And You Are Not by Robb Sutton:

  1. They own their own business
  2. They have the self employed mentality
  3. They took the risk
  4. They are almost never right
  5. They reinvest in themselves and their business
  6. They never give up

2. My So-Called Rockstar Life by Johnny B. Truant:

Basically, the idea is to imagine what life would be like if you were a celebrity or a rock star. Leave out the drugs and illicit sex, and think of the day-to-day stuff. What do you imagine life under those circumstances to be like?

Boil that down: Nice house. Nice locale. Nice home gym. Lots of time to work out. Eat well. Do what you want. All just for example, but you get the idea.

Let’s say you’re working from home, or working for yourself. Do you, when you wake up, immediately sit down and start working? Do you have a task list on your desk that you’re bound and determined to complete, as if it were a mandate from above? Do you beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish enough in a day, the way a boss might beat you up if you had one?

It’s an easy trap to fall into. Even if you’re independent and don’t go to a job every day, there’s still a tendency to follow a nine-to-five way of doing things.

3. The Key To Successful Blogging: Do Something by Darren Rowse:

Doing something NOW is so critical. I have found that the one thing that is on my mind, the one thing that I am procrastinating about my blog, it that magic thing that I KNOW I need to do NOW.

I just did that this weekend with a notification list for my new book.

I have found that I get so much more done by just taking the little things and knocking them out one at a time.

If you make a goal to do just one of those tiny things each day, you will have more accomlished by the end of the week than you would ever have done if you tried to spend a whole day just “buckling down on the business.”

4. How To Get Ideas For 52 Blog Posts In 3 Days: by Mike Cliffe-Jones:

It’s energising and enriching to get away from the dreaded computer!

But the best thing of all is that my blog post inventory is chock full of new ideas. When I checked the notes in my Moleskin and added the voice memos to the list, I had a total of 52 things I want to write about!

And that comes from the outside stimulation of meeting other people and watching them, and seeing how other businesses interact with their clients. The kind of stuff you can’t get from reading websites or RSS feeds.

Try it, you won’t regret it!

5. Sharpen Your Pencil by Chris Brogan:

What goes into making success happen? Work. Work with a little bit of preparation and a lot bit of follow-through.

Sharpen your pencil. Use the pencil. Follow through.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. But it sure isn’t easy.

This sounds similar to what Emmet Smith said at the induction of the Football Hall of Fame. He said something like he had dreams. And the next step after a dream was writing it down on paper. And then turning that into a plan. Maybe there will be a social media hall of fame some day. 🙂

Best,
Social Steve

6. Set A Course by Chris Brogan:

We set our own courses.

If you want better results in life, set a course.

Here’s the thing: you have to move in that direction, and that has everything to do with you.

We have much more to say about this than we seem to believe. It’s your ship. You might have to take some time to earn enough money to achieve escape velocity to escape some situation you don’t want any longer, but even that is a choice. It’s a course YOU set.

So, where are you going?

That’s a cupful of inspiration. Multiple cups in fact.

Each of these posts have gotten me thinking – reflecting – pondering – and introspecting. More importantly, I have been answer some fundamental questions for myself. Where am I going? Writing my dreams on paper. Changing status quo.

It’s very easy to lose focus of our life. That’s where some of the things we do (or are expected to do) offline play a vital role. Exercise, meditation, relaxation, breathing, visualization and of course rest and recreation!

It’s been refreshing – and inspirational getting my mind on great things. Pen on paper time has also been very therapeutic and helping in bringing a razor sharp focus to my mind – and serenity to my soul.

I’d recommend a bunch of things for myself here – and you too can pick the items that resonate with you:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation, Breathing, Visualizations
  • Pen on paper (actually a Moleskine for me)
  • Disconnected time
  • Unifying my life into one place
  • Cutting the clutter
  • Reading real, paper books
  • Daily quality time with the folks that I love the most – and who make my world a better place by just being around
  • An attitude of gratitude
  • A smile on my face that never fades

Cheers 🙂

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