At the start of the year, I made a decision to read LESS. I wanted to take more time to apply the principles in each book instead of immediately moving on to the next one. That was much harder than I anticipated. Especially since I gave up TV, reading became my preferred way to unwind and relax. But that conflicts with the intense focus required to completely digest and apply the what I read. So, I decided on a hybrid. My revised goal is to complete "net-outs" on 12 books this year, one a month. And then I'm free to read as much as I'd like, gleaming what I can and enjoying the time. I've also spent some time deciding which books were important enough to study as opposed to just reading through. "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield definitely makes the cut.
Do you ever have clarity so stark that it's hard to even put into words? That's how I feel about a project my husband and I will be leading at our church this summer. It brings together several seemingly separate values in an innovative way, and I'm so thankful we get to lead it. We're calling it "Startup Summer," and it's a 5-week course based on Chris Guillebeau's book, The $100 Startup. In today's economy, we have a choice. We can throw a temper tantrum about how unfair it is that the game has changed, or we can figure out how to play by the new rules. I choose option number two, and I hope everyone else does too. I believe it’s the only way we’ll turn things around.
Today's my 33rd birthday, and I've decided to celebrate it. I was terrified of my 30's, dreading every birthday for months ahead. My Nana had breast cancer at 32, and my Mom collapsed at 35 with what was eventually diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. I had let each of those creep inside my head. Then, a few months ago, a new realization hit me. They're both doing fantastic today, so they'd both defeated whatever health curse I was fearing. Perhaps that strength was the legacy I should focus on. This last year has been a lot like that, so I wanted to share 14 big things I've learned from my 33 years of life.
Lately, I've been asking my tribe what they want me to write about. It started selfishly, knowing that I would be more likely to accomplish my goal of writing if I had a topic and at least an audience of one. What I didn't expect is that their requests would match so closely with what I'm passionate about. Two weeks ago, a friend asked how for suggestions on how to workout every day. I really enjoyed sharing the strategy I use and how you can easily apply it so that it works every time. Last night, another friend asked how I stay motivated in general. As he put it, "I seem to be able to do things other people won't do." My answer may surprise you.
You might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, have x-ray vision, or read minds. However, you do have a superpower. You'll recognize it immediately, and I bet you've never been taught how to use it. Neither was I. A few months ago, I discovered my superpowers by accident, and I'm using it to change my life. I believe I'm called to share what I've learned so that you, too, can have the life you've always dreamed of. So I wrote the book.