If you want to dig your own grave, I won’t stop you

By Dawn Shuler One of the things I’ve figured out about myself is that I am all about action.  Back when I was a new business owner working with other business owners, the moment they said, “I want to do _____” – Boom! Off I’d go and make it happen.  Sometimes, they were shocked; other times, they would go, “Um, I wasn’t really ready to do such and such. Take it back, please.” Not only did I figure out that I’m about action, action, action… other people may say they want action, but when it comes down to it, they aren’t really willing to take action. Case in point… I was talking to a prospective client who told me her (very real) tale of woe as an abused wife for twenty years.  For years, she had been thinking of writing a book about her experience, but there were some situations
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[FUEL] Slay the Inner Critic Gremlin – Your most important first step

By Dawn Shuler During my Just Write! Virtual Workshops, I have a few rules for my participants: No email, phone, or social media Commit to doing it badly Don’t edit, unless that’s the specific project for the workshop Take projects in chunks instead of trying to look at entire project Follow your energy Why do I have rules? Because without them, it’s very easy to be paralyzed by the creative process. Here are things I hear from my clients and people in my programs all the time: “I’m so overhwhelmed… I don’t know where to start!” “I feel scattered. I have notes on bits of paper everywhere.” “What if it’s not good enough?” The rules for my workshop work for any project, and, honestly, that’s why they’re there. Because, otherwise, you would get so caught up in the overwhelm, stress, and anxiety that you wouldn’t make any progress. I ran
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[FUEL] Don’t Rely on Yourself to Get Things Done. Create External Motivators

“An object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. An object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.” You know how it works… if it’s up to you get something done – and no one is relying on it – you procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate… And it doesn’t get done. But the second that you’re responsible to someone else and someone is depending upon you to get it done, man, you’ve never seen yourself be so productive. One of my coaching clients was invited to write a chapter for a textbook on coaching. We spent weeks on what she wanted to say, how she might present the information, mind maps, creating a writing lifestyle, writing goals. But not really a chapter written. The moment the editors established a deadline… BOOM! The entire chapter was written. It’s the war of
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