Books are generous things. A team of people put hundreds of hours and often decades of experience into one book. We click a button and get it delivered in two days or sometimes instantly.
Accept it or Reject it?
Then we make a decision. Will we accept it or will we reject it? Every time we open a book, we get the chance to open ourselves to its message.
I’m opening myself up to Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I’ve paid for my copies so don’t take this endorsement as a friend promoting his friends. This is someone believing and investing in a proven path.
I Need Direction
I am a man in need of direction. That may sound weak to you but it’s not. I have weaknesses, we all do. There is wisdom in knowing you need direction. There is strength in knowing your weaknesses. This book is going to help me take the steps to seek the direction I need. It will not tell me where to go; it’s not that kind of book. This is a choose your own adventure book.
The keywords are YOUR and ADVENTURE. This looks like another business self-help book but what I think and hope it is, is a tool I can use to stop being a wandering generality and start being a man who lives with purpose and joy.
All that for $13. That’s a generous exchange.
I encourage you to get this book and then follow the steps it provides. It’s an easy read and a worthwhile process to walk through. If you follow Mike and Daniel’s advice you’ll end up with a map you can live by and revisit to tweak if necessary.
I’m 38, and I’m tired of drifting.
Average Isn’t A Worthy Goal
There are many things I do well. I provide tremendous value for my customers and I’m a good husband and father. The struggle is that good is average and average isn’t what we’re created to be.
I have a wonderful life, but God has more for me than I am experiencing and it’s not God’s fault I’m not experiencing everything He has for me. It’s time for me to stop drifting. My family deserves better. My friends deserve better. This world needs me at my best. I need to live a life I’m proud of.
Taking One Day
Monday I’m taking the entire day to go through the life planning process. One day that could help direct the rest of my days. That’s worth investing in for me and for you.
Click here to get Mike and Daniel’s book Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want
You know enough. You’ve read enough books. You’ve read enough blog posts. You’ve watched enough TED talks. You’ve been to enough conferences.
You’re a learner, that’s great.
That’s not enough.
Why Learning Is Not Enough
Learning is not enough and our heroes are the proof. They’re our heroes because they take action.
Learning is a step in the process to achievement. Learn is not taking action. Taking action happens when we could fail. Taking action happens when what we do can change someone other than ourselves.
Learning is an investment in ourselves. Action is an investment in others.
[Tweet “Learning is an investment in ourselves. Action is an investment in others.”]
The Failure Test
You know enough but it doesn’t matter because what you need to do you’re not doing. Who you want to become can’t happen until you put yourself in positions where failure is an option and where fear is proven wrong.
My heroes (Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, Brenè Brown) are right. Facing fear is where life is found. If it’s not scary it’s not worth doing.
You know enough, now use it.
Sometimes you will fail but every time you will learn.
You’re afraid, so what? That means it’s worth doing.
You know enough but it doesn’t matter unless you take action.
Are You Going To Take Action?
If you’re inspired by these words but need help taking action then I can help.
This November I’m teaching my first Take Permission Group. 25 people just like you will learn how to Take Permission in their lives.
– You will identify your gifts
– You will stop bad habits
– You will gain clarity in all of your relationships
– You will take action
– You will learn to Take Permission
You know enough. It’s time to take action.
- Which program should I use to write my post?
- Does that program sync with the cloud?
- Should I use all bullet points or paragraphs?
- Which picture should I use?
- Will the picture look good on Pinterest? (I think about this and I’ve never put a picture on Pinterest)
- Is my headline catchy, click worthy, or have X Steps To… in it?
- Seth Godin already said that and he used less words
- Should that be a new paragraph?
- Should I have paragraph headings for every paragraph?
- Are those H3 or H4?
- My blog needs a redesign.
- I should be thinking about SEO more.
- How can I monetize this?
- I wonder if Mike will tweet this one out?
- Is it too long?
- How many click to tweets should I include, because I love those things. (Really, I do)
- Should I do a video too? I should do more videos.
- Will I be considered more artistic if I just upload it to Vimeo instead of YouTube?
- Is my RSS email campaign to finally format correctly?
- This probably isn’t worth writing about.
- I should check my email.
Apple did a lousy job designing the latest iPhone. Yes, I just said that. It’s beautiful, functional and I love it but it’s practically designed to be dropped. Sure it’s gorgeous but it’s also slippery because of it’s rounded edges. Within minutes of owning it I knew I needed a great looking and functional case.
I searched for a great iPhone case and I found Kavaj. A company founded by two German friends who met in college and now ship great cases all around the world for a wide variety of devices.
Michael Hyatt Uses Kavaj and So Can You
I talked my Tennessee neighbor and fellow Kavaj case user Michael Hyatt into signing a congac Dallas case for an iPhone 6 to give away to a lucky winner. He’s partial to the Tokyo model as am I but I switch between the Tokyo and Dallas throughout the week.
To become eligible for the autographed iPhone 6 case use the link below to tweet about this post so others can learn about the great cases Kavaj makes. I’ll pick a winner and tell them via Twitter on Friday December 12, 2014.
[Tweet “This is the company pros like @MichaelHyatt trust to protect their iPhones. @Kavaj (REVIEW)”]
All Kavaj cases are sold through Amazon and you can get a $5 coupon by signing up for their newsletter at the top of any page on their web site.
My Kavaj Reviews
Many of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means I get paid a few % when you buy something through the link. You also help feed my kids, so thanks. – Andy