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It’s (almost) 2011. Stop! Go!

Bang! We’re here. Cue sighs of amazement that’s it’s already 2011, where did the last year go, etc etc.

Four things I can tell you about.

1. My year’s starting off chilly. I’m doing a “polar bear dip” down in Lake Ontario tomorrow (Jan 1) to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. You are of course welcome to sponsor me – a buck or ten or twenty of fifty would be a fine thing indeed. You can chip in here (and you can do so after the event too):

2. I’ve been thinking hard about how I want this blog to evolve. I’ve got some ideas, and I think it’s going to be a fun year ahead writing for people who want to be doing more Great Work where they work. I’m looking forward to playing around, having some fun, and serving up some ideas and plans to get the juices flowing.

3. I’ve enjoyed reading this resource from Jeffery Davis: The Tracking Wonder Handbooks. Short, sweet with a bunch of interesting stimulation and resources. You can download them here or just email him at  jeffrey [at] trackingwonder [dot] com with WILD PACK in the subject box and he’ll send them along to you.

4. I’m curious what your one Great Work Project is going to be this year. If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine. And tied to that very question, what’s the biggest thing you’re going to say No to, to allow it to happen? (That’s a tough question, isn’t it?) Drop me a note in the comments and let me know.

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8 Responses to It’s (almost) 2011. Stop! Go!

  • LWP Janet

    No. Saying no…always hard to do. Even once you identify what is getting in the way of great work it can take even longer to figure out how to get it out of the way. It takes focus, determination and planning. Make it part of your strategy to evaluate what’s going to help move you/your work forward. Take responsibility and be authentic about what you want, and need, in and out of your life. It’s easy to be complacent and leave things in place. It takes more courage to eliminate what’s weighing you down. Say no. It’s liberating. Try it, let it help you sharpen your focus. Liberate yourself and get unstuck. Michael, I’m excited to being part of your blogging community.

  • Paul Kenyon

    Late in the first quarter of 2011 I will celebrate my 50th birthday. I have decided that my big “Yes” for 2011 is going to be to generate $50k of new business revenue and to lose 50 lbs. during my 50th year. More importantly, I want to build systems that support these outcomes of financial freedom and physical health.

    My big “No” is choosing to set asided my OCD compulsion to check e-mail frenetically throughout the day when I want to be working on something really great.

    Michael, thanks for the inpiration you provide on a regular basis. Please continue asking great questions! All the best, Paul

  • Roland Wijnen

    My Great Work Project is building my own business, helping people to think and act strategically. I’m in the early struggle phase now (but as you say: struggle is what Great Work is about too). I’m saying No to things that drain my energy (e.g. most meetings and doing more that three projects at a time). I’ve learned that making sure that my (physical) energy level is high is important to doing Great Work. The nice thing is that it works both ways. Starting the day (when my energy level is high) with Great Work keeps my energy flowing. That makes is easier to do the Good Work more efficiently as well. Last year I often started the week with meetings, which pretty quickly drained my energy. When I skipped these meetings the whole week turned out much, much better.

  • Trevor Satour

    Hi Michael my one Great Work Project this year is getting published. Apart from that taking my business to new levels, staying authentic, being resilient, and managing energy levels better will challenge my focus and discipline. Nevertheless keeping tabs with you and your work is an important part of my practice as I like the breadth and depth of your work, the incisiveness, and the practical uses one can make of it.

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