Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beginning With the End in Mind

Cattle Mowers on the Back Yard - Gene Autry, Bull

…always means thinking backwards and acting forwards. This is how you plan your work and work your plan.

Hi there ,

Glad to have you here again.

This should be more straightforward as it’s written so you can be like the Magician Merlin (King Arthur’s mentor) who lived his life backwards.

Mostly unattributed, Socrates might have been quoting older authors when he said, “Begin with the end in mind.”

This has applications to your daily work and how you may be improving your attitudes so you improve your habits so improve your character.

We know many things by this time. One of these is that by discarding your emotions so you can listen to your feelings, you can isolate what to put more attention on and start living a more bliss-filled life.

It’s those old points of quit watching the news if it gets you upset. Find other people to hang around if your current associations are critical (and so, upsetting) most of the time. Fill your life with those things that make you feel good.

By doing that, you are thinking backward from the result you want and working forward to achieve a better result in your life.

You can also use this to accomplish just about any goal. Every goal has some major accomplishments to attain which add up to the goal. Those accomplishments can be broken down into smaller steps, which can be broken down into even smaller steps. These steps, sorted out into logical sequence (and preferably put in writing) are called plans.

You work backward from any goal to form your plan (plan your work.) Then you work forward on those steps in a logical sequence in order to achieve that minor or major part of your plan (work your plan.)

This will carry you through your entire life and you’ll have everything you need or want exactly when you need or want it to arrive.

Simple.

  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Plan your work, work your plan.

Try these this week.

Now, the big announcement is a breakthrough to tell you about.

Long ago, months perhaps, I told you we were going to create courses. Then I wanted to write an introductory book, then I had to do some research on how to market books.

Well it’s time to get everything front to back again and put it in order.

That marketing research was completed this week. But before that introductory book can be published, I have to get each of the basic books it’s built on thoroughly studied.

Funny enough, it’s pretty common idea to teach whatever it is you want to learn. Geoff Shaw has it in his Kindling Course, and Joanna Penn mentioned it in a recent podcast.

The next steps then go to the first one, which is to build courses for the basic books I want to study. This also means building study guides for each chapter of those books.

I’ve separated out the book writing and publishing stuff this week to go into it’s own newsletter and pocast (and if you also want to hear about that, see below to sign up.)

In doing this, it became clear that when you do something, it’s good to be thorough and to use all the parts of it, even the cutting room floor bits. In digital publishing, everything can be used multiple times.

So, starting next week, you’ll start getting the first lesson for the first book in this podcast. It will also have a downloadable PDF (or several) and links to the references the author covered that week so you can do a thorough study and get everything you possibly can out of that chapter. It will also become an Amazon ebook.

The individual lessons will be built at the same time, as the audio will become a video. And there will be links to other material which explains what the author was talking about.

The first book will be Count to Four, which has roughly 16 chapters to include into a course. All told, with the rest of the books in the Strangest Secret Library, there are about 49 chapters, which is a years worth of study.

(You may note that we’re shifting over to another podcast stream for these lessons, Living Sensical, which is linked below.)

We then have an exciting and educational adventure in front of us. By Thanksgiving next year, we should again be brimming and maybe overflowing with blessings we can be grateful for.

As a note, we’ll probably miss this next week as there is a lot of pre-planning that has to occur.

Until then, have fun with everything.

Robert

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