Where We Circle Back

Today marks a month since I last posted, and I'm excited to hear what you've all been doing with your time and your projects (I'll be attaching a comment thread to this post so those who want to check in with me about your work can - fyi: the thread will be active for three days and then conveniently disappear.)

While a month ago I too declared a fuzzy endpoint - writing a book proposal on engaged journeys, a kind of high-level how-to guide for innovators and leaders - I've been led in a weirdly different direction ever since starting work on it.

While the core intent of the book's not changed - still a how-to for innovators - the format's totally different.

In writing I found I wasn't in fact creating a prescriptive book on innovation and leadership (what I"d set out to do). Instead I found myself writing a creative non-fiction memoir!

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Where We Default to Pleasure

A week or so ago some of us stepped out with a bold declaration of intent. We gave voice to an important desire.

Following the declaration some of us got right online to share the news, while others of us reveled in private. Many, many of us had a moment of exhilaration followed by waves of panic and self-doubt. We were all over the place.

I wondered about that after pressing send on the post, wondered about the emotional shock-waves that hit everone after "the big tell."

For me it was a few variants of overwhelm, fueled in part by the open-ended nature of a fuzzy endpoint and the fact that I'd been public about my declaration.

And then a whole cascade of uncomfortable emotions.

I imagine many of you had similar experiences, and if not, will. Because big journeys set you outside of what you know, and bring on all the emotions that tag along with uncertainty.

This is just how it is with big journeys; you have to cope with the unknown and its emotional entourage.

So I thought I'd start you off on your journeys with one of my favorite strategies for tolerating the discomfort of uncertainty - defaulting to your pleasure.

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Where I Tell You I Lied.

I said "I'm writing a book on engaged journeys," but I'm not. I lied.

Truth is I'm not sure what I'm writing about, other than it has something to do with innovation and wrangling the new: product, process, idea into being, in a big way.

Big, meaning your journey does more then get you to point B, which is a kind of small result as I see it. A big result rather ensures you arrive at journey's end having more ease, confidence, purpose, impact, aliveness and yes, real money. 

It's not just success we're after, it's transformative, or high-level success.

Why have a strategy of going for B, and only after achieving B, attempting C?

Then only after achieving C, D. And then only after D, P?

Why settle for B when C, D, P and Z are also possible, and possible to achieve at the same time?  And even versions of these letters you never imagined?

Just sayin'.

The point of today's post is not really to tell you all that I lied, but to illustrate a key feature of a big journey.

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I'm Taking Declarations!

Jump right in. Today I want to hear from you!

What project, goal or desire has been dogging you? To what are you willing to commit, what is calling to be created, by you?

The purpose of our group is to up your game by learning how to access and navigate an engaged journey. A journey that will not only maximize your chances of success, but will grow you into the person you must be to meet success when it arrives.

And I'm not talking about small success, one that's measured by what you take to the bank, but big success. Success that generates ease, confidence, satisfaction, pleasure, purpose, impact, and yes, bank.

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