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A Focused Post-It

I started writing with the #Trust30 group on May 31st. It’s a fantastic initiative to get things moving when you’re blogging and really make you think about what you’re doing with your life. Even if you don’t want to blog about them, you can write them out in a journal or just spend a day putting together your own thoughts. I’ve currently got 2 other posts about the first 3 prompts, “15 Minutes to Live” and “Today and One String Belief“.Post-It QuestionJenny BlakeAfter a beautiful quote from Emerson, Jenny Blake asks us to take one of the biggest challenges in our lives at the moment and turn it into a question. My challenge right now is to focus on the work I really want to do. This turns into the question, “How can I focus on the work I really want to do?” It’s a tough one for most people.In the good ol’ days at university, I was under the assumption that I was supposed to go to school, get a job, buy a house, etc etc etc, in the hopes of having a good life. I never complained about the process because I didn’t know better. After finding things called “blogs” and reading about all these people around the world that have broken free of jobs they don’t like, I began to see that my life has yet to be written. I realized I decide what goes into that book and it certainly doesn’t have to be what everyone else writes.That opened up a new can of worms. I started doing everything I could to test the waters. Trying new things, starting websites, writing about everything I thought I had an interest in. But this mostly led to a lot of work and a lot of half-done projects. I hit the wall when things got tough and then started something different. I started to eliminate things that I didn’t want to do. Slowly but surely I was getting more time. I rarely watch TV. I only do things that I absolutely have to.But there was still a problem. I was still not getting as far as I wanted with my projects. I began to look more closely at where my time was going. The first thing I found was the lack of it. I didn’t have much time to work on my personal projects. After my day job, cooking, cleaning, spending time with friends and family, paying bills and other such required bits of life, I wasn’t left with much. Instead of the full days I pictured myself with I had a couple hours a day to really get things moving. Often I’d sit down and be surfing facebook, twitter and youtube for three quarters of that. I’d use the rest to plan out what I wanted to do that day. And sure enough, I’d end up with about 10 minutes to do real work. Split that by 6 projects. Yup, I got nowhere.This past weekend at the World Domination Summit I had the amazing opportunity to see Danielle Laporte speak. They don’t call her the firestarter for nothing (the fire department actually showed up during her talk). She has an amazing talent of getting to the heart of the matter. No bullshit. Just uncomfortable questions. The answers to those questions, though, are the keys to unlocking mental roadblocks that are hindering your potential. I could just see everyone’s wheels turning when she posed questions in her talk.But back to projects. Danielle talked about having cool projects and REALLY cool projects. Insert meaningful, awesome, amazing, mindblasting or lucrative instead of cool in the previous statement depending on your situation. What I took away from it was that there are tons of cool projects. But we all only have so much time. It’s incredibly important to separate the cool projects and the REALLY cool projects and spend time on the latter. You really only have time for one or the other. She aggressively confirmed the idea to fully realize my goals, I’d need to stop taking every cool idea that comes along and focus on the best.It’s incredibly satisfying to put a lot of effort into something meaningful to me and see something amazing come out of it. Because I’m now focusing more on what I want, wonderful things are starting to happen. I’ve every intention of pushing as far as I can to see where it leads me.Have you ever had an experience where good things started to happen when you actually sat down and focused on something?