Can you believe it?! Day #1 of 28 Days to Getting Your Sh*t Together is FINALLY here!! YAY!!
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Today we are going to do some preparation to make the most of this experience. Remember, I’ve read all the posts that are coming your way so I know what is in store for us.
If I’ve learned anything during my years online (and before that in my years performing Shakespeare), it’s this: preparation may not sound all hot and sexy, but it is what separates the breathtaking from the “meh”. So let’s be about some awesome, okay?!
(For those of you who have done these with me before, this groundwork will look familiar.)
For the next 28 days we’ve volunteered to get a daily kick in the rear guaranteed to change the way we do things. At first, all this change may feel unfamiliar and awkward – and that’s ok. Change can feel like that. Other times it may feel frightening and disorienting – and that’s okay. Change can feel like that. And still other times it may feel liberating and freeing – and that’s ok. Change can feel like that, too.
“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” ~Louis Pasteur
These seven keys below will anchor us in the coming days (and even when this series is over) and will truly make all the difference. So, here we go.
1) Commit. Show up here every day for the next 28 days. If you are serious about getting your sh*t together, you’ve got to step up. I know you are busy. So am I. But I’ve learned that my sh*t isn’t going to get itself together all by itself. I’ve got to be willing to do whatever it takes. So today, decide.
2) Get a notebook or a legal pad that is dedicated to this 28 day series. You may even want to get a three -ring binder and some loose-leaf paper so you can print out and save each blog post. Every day you will be asked to take a small action toward getting your sh*t together. You’ll need some space to write down your thoughts and your responses. This may be the very excuse you need to finally buy a Moleskin.
3) Ask questions. Each blog post author is available on the day of their post to respond to comments and answer questions. Take advantage of having access to this extraordinary group of men and women. And remember, the only stupid question is the one that remains unasked.
4) Connect with each other. Many of you recruited a partner for 28 Days -which is AWESOME!! And if you haven’t, it’s not too late to do that, but you will be fine if you haven’t. The culture here at Escaping Mediocrity is one of a tribe. We learn from and lean on each other.
To that end, connect with those you may not know. Respond to an interesting comment. Ask the commentor a question. Together we are powerful.
(And here is one of my few ground rules: this is a supportive environment. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you get personal or overly snarky, I will call you out and ban you. End of story.)
I’ve built a list on twitter to make it easy for you to follow all of the guest authors for the series. You will find it here: http://bit.ly/grlUBa
AND I will be building a list of 28 Day participants on twitter as well. Use the hashtag #28Days in your tweets if you want to be added.
5) Remember that some posts will resonate more strongly with you than others. Many times I’ve found that the thing that I was certain had no value to me was the very thing that turned me around. So play through each day. You never know where it may lead you.
6) Stay the course. Somewhere about mid-way through this thing, people will start dropping off. It’s just what happens. Decide now that you won’t be one of those people.
7) Go easy on yourself. Yes I know I said decide, commit, step up. And I still mean that. I also know that change can be exhausting and doesn’t come as easily as we would like sometimes. You can’t force it; you can only allow it. And take really good care of your self in the process.
So now go get yourself all warmed up because tomorrow Les Mckeown is going to blow you away. I kid you not.