You Can Quit Tomorrow

Good Morning!

Whenever I start something that’s pretty difficult, about half to three-quarters the way through, the quitting thought crosses my mind.

I’ve quit on a few occasions to just go and do other activities if I just couldn’t stand it any longer, but not when it ever counted.

When I needed to get something done, I told myself “You can quit tomorrow”.

I forget where I got this saying from, but it’s no doubt from a fitness or health coach of some kind.

Next time you’re feeling like you’ve had enough and just don’t want to continue what you’re doing, just tell yourself you can quit tomorrow and get it done today.

When tomorrow comes and you feel the same way, say it again.

With enough repetition you will eventually work-out the perseverance muscle to the point where quitting will just be a passing thought.

Have a great day today.


Success Is The Outcome Of Many Failures

Good Morning!

Last night I played the game Super Meat Boy for the live stream.  It’s regarded as one of the more difficult games in the platformer segment, and I wholeheartedly agree.

You can watch some of the stream replay below to get an idea of the game. If the video starts at the beginning, skip ahead to 24 minutes.

In the two hours that I played yesterday, I completed 4 levels.  Each of these levels I played no less than twenty attempts and for two of the levels that number is probably closer to one hundred. 

Being ok with failure and not getting overly frustrated is a requirement of playing this game.

I’m going to suggest that this game is a requirement for all Gamers to play so it can be learned, that failure is a part of gaming and necessary succeed.

Failure is a part of the game.

When we know that failure is a likely outcome before we start doing something, it’s much easier to use failure as a tool and not be frustrated, much like how Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Thousands of failures and learning exactly what not to do from each attempt, for the next.

But when we don’t expect failure is when we grow our perseverance muscle, get back up and try again.

I hope you enjoyed today’s short blog about failure. It’s OK to fail. Figure out what happened and try again.

The sun is starting to come out!

Have a great day!


10 Benefits of Working Under Pressure

Good Morning!

Lately I’ve been giving myself about two hours to write in the morning before the daily post needs to be published.

Working under a time constraint has some powerful benefits if the amount of time allotted for task at hand has been estimated correctly.

I shoot for five-hundred words every single morning, formatted, edited, and polished.

These five-hundred words should be meaningful words.

Words that someone might find useful, inspiring, motivating, or that they can use to see a topic from a different point of view.

A time constraint means that a plan is required for success.  If there is only a short amount of time to complete a task, the task needs to be thought about, its process designed, analyzed, checked, and subjected to scrutiny if need be in order to ensure that the task is completed in time and of such quality that is acceptable.

Procrastination is nonexistent.  You just have to do it.

Decisions become a lot easier to make. There is simply not enough time to not take immediate action.

It will test your resourcefulness by having do deal with unforeseen issues as they arise.

Depending on the size of the task and the deadline, you might need to collaborate with others.  When more than one person is involved in a task, the quality of the work almost always increases.

It forces you to hyper-focus on each task you until completion.

You know exactly when the end is.  Who doesn’t want to start task and see the light at the end of the tunnel?

It makes planning everything else easier.  If you know a task is only going to take so long, you can manage time much more efficiently.

Reduces long term stress by knowing that there is a plan that works and certain end.

It provides accountability when the deadline isn’t met. In my case, I have automated controls for the email subscription service that will deliver all of the content I’ve published on the site since the last email, at 9am every morning. If my task isn’t complete by 8:59am, I’ll be delivering either unfinished content or no content at all. Poor or no content equal no readers and no readers equals no blog.

Plan your task, estimate your time the best you can, give yourself a deadline with accountability, and then get it done.

I hope you enjoyed reading and found this information useful. If you did, please share this content with your friends. I encourage you to get on the email list, the one that keeps me accountable.

Have a great day, the weekend is nearly here!


Reprogramming Yourself

Good Morning.

I remembered the dream I had last night. When I remember my dreams and they’re more like reality than something out of a sci-fi novel (those are awesome ones btw) , I tend to try to understand the why behind it.

I don’t remember the specifics, but what I do remember is that it was the same type of situation that instantly gets me angry.  Some people call this being triggered.

It made me feel shitty.  I don’t like getting upset, much less angry.  I don’t need stress in my life like that.

It’s a personal trait that I find disgusting and I wish I could instantly change that it.  When I get provoked in a certain way, I am much too quick to anger. The question I have is why? This isn’t me. That’s not who I am.

As I’m writing this morning, I remember back when I was a kid I got really pissed off for some reason or another and I decided to leave where I was, and I walked home.

Like the dream, I don’t remember any of the specifics except a blue jacket, but it’s the same reaction, the same person the same frustration, the same anger. I haven’t thought about that in 30 years or more.

The very next thing that pops into my head is the saying “slow to anger, fast to forgiveness”.  Is that the answer to all of this?

Not being sure where I heard that, I do a quick search.

Its actually a passage from the bible: James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

I was raised in a family with Christian values and regular attendance to church, so it makes sense that I heard this when I was young.

Slow to anger.

I know what I have to do now. Time to reprogram.

What I’ve learned in the past is that if you want to change your habits, aside from actually doing whatever it is you want to do differently, you need to practice the new way of doing things so that when it comes time to perform in the moment you’re ready to make a conscious decision to do it differently without regret.

I think about things in a pretty simple and straightforward manner most of the time. I break things down into their simple forms so they’re easier to understand. Here’s what I came up with.

The Pattern: Input – Logic – Output

Existing: Triggering scenario – old thought process – quick to anger

New: Triggering scenario – new thought processslow to anger

Dissect the old thought process, change something specific, and then use a thought experiment to test the changes.

The more visual and vivid these thought experiments are the more effective they will be.

After the new thought process has been figured out, or at least pointed in the right direction, its time to rehearse it. Make it familiar

Just like it is with everything else, the more practice and experience you have with something, the easier it will be to use in the moment.

Just the act of writing this morning has been of great value to me. Making this particular trait of mine public removes the shame I’ve had for it.

Writing has allowed me to think about this scenario with an analytical and objective eye. I have no doubt that for this specific trigger I will now be slower to anger.

We have blue skies again today!

Have a great day!


A Tool For Keeping Track of Everything

Good Morning!

Have you ever worked on a large personal project or a hobby?

If you have, you’ll know for sure how much of a pain it can be to wait for the stuff you need to keep working on your project.

Planning the wait time into the long to-do list will usually make the process a lot more enjoyable and it will allow you plan the lead-time of each task more easily.

When we create lists, they tend to be vertical, but they can also be written horizontal and into the third dimension by branching, or by using tools like a Gantt chart.

It’s all about visualizing the timeline of your project.

This is a Gantt Chart. Read all about them here.

By using a chart like this, it allows us to visualize the entire timeline of our projects. In doing so we can plan out all of wait time, including shipping time so that our projects flow more smoothly, are more enjoyable, and nearly all standstills can be avoided.

Scheduling software can be kinda clunky for personal projects, but a simple spreadsheet makes this super easy. Here is the Google Sheets Template to get you started.

Planning the timing of things can get really tricky and that’s the reason why writing things down, using a spreadsheet or even a simple task list can such a large impact the enjoyment of the project.

I hope this tool will help you planning out your projects or whatever else you’re working on. Let me know what you think in the comments or share some of your own tips!

Thanks for reading and have a good day!


The ‘One Neat Trick’ For Organizing Creative Thinking

Good Morning!

I woke up this morning kinda blank, and that’s OK!

It’s OK because I learned the “one neat trick” to help people with writer’s block start writing again. That neat trick is to start writing down all of the things going through your head, what your looking at, hearing, the stuff going on around you, everything.

Write everything down in basic form. Don’t stop for spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes, always keep writing forward. Get all of those little thoughts down.

Read quickly read what you wrote and then expand on all of those little thoughts to see where each one takes you.

It takes a bit of perseverance at first because it seems like a futile exercise, but then just like that, an idea comes out of nowhere, an opinion about something, the need to explain something.

What doing this does, is get the “creative juices” flowing.  It activates the pathways in our brains. It “primes the pump”, so to speak.

The act of writing something down also allows us to stop thinking about that one particular thing and focus on the task at hand.

This tool works for all types of writing that you might need it for: emails, research papers, blogs, text messages, whatever.  It’s a an organizational tool for ‘thinking’.  The graphic version of this is called a mind map and is also very useful in visualizing your ideas.

I just wrote all of this because I think it’s a powerful tool worth sharing. I think the process works, and now I’ve written something meaningful and useful to provide value to the reader.  That’s what this blog is all about.

Here is list I quickly jotted down after I wrote the words “ I woke up this morning kinda blank”

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad learn understand it
  • Everyone needs money and credit
  • Pay-cheques kinda suck
  • Trouble with diet
  • Pizza
  • Breads and stuff
  • Coffee is so good
  • Content marketing is a tough game but it’s a lot of fun
  • Building an audience
  • Podcasting
  • Making videos
  • Thankful for great people in my life

I stopped at this point because while writing out the list I reflected upon its importance in improving the creative writing process for me and was inspired to share it.

I see blue skies this morning where I am.

Have a great day!