Most times when I read a blog post and it has some good ideas Iâ€™ll file it
away. But the idea usually isnâ€™t acted on. The problem is thereâ€™s just too much information out there and without quick action a newer idea has taken its place in your mind. But thereâ€™s one post by Skelliewag that truly inspired me to act and it has already helped me achieve results.
First, a little background. Iâ€™m interested in being more productive (arenâ€™t we all?). Iâ€™ve read the productivity books and the productivity blogs. Some are interesting, some are useful but theyâ€™re all flawed. One common flaw is that although they can teach you how to do a task faster they donâ€™t consider that maybe you shouldnâ€™t be doing it at all! But the biggest flaw is that they concentrate so much on “doing” (faster, better) that they neglect to realize that youâ€™re not enjoying what youâ€™re doing. Whatâ€™s the point in doing something if you donâ€™t enjoy it?!? Itâ€™s no wonder there are so many posts on motivation and overcoming procrastination.
Based on my readings and experience Iâ€™ve boiled success down to a simple formula: Think, Do. Enjoy. The doing is important but when you think before you do and enjoy the process- it increases the potential for success exponentially.
Using this formula, I took an inventory of what I enjoy: writing and increasing my productivity/success. As a result I launched my site Success Making Machine which shares the details of my system. But a site takes time to grow so I had to think of ways to promote my site.
I can just continue to post quality articles and hope someone notices to make a big splash. But thatâ€™s a long process. Then I saw inspiration: Skellieâ€™s post Audacious Blogging. There are many ways to be audacious. The Success Making Machine principles encourages calculated risks. I wouldnâ€™t try to be a guest poster for a New York Times blog, thatâ€™s too big of a risk (waste of time). My idea was to be audacious by trying to become a guest blogger on Skelliewag, itâ€™s a warm site in my target and she recommends guest posting (#58),
When youâ€™re doing something do it right. I could have just sent an email inquiry to Skellie asking if she would be interested in a guest post but that would have made it too easy to brush off. So I wrote the entire post in advance. Why spend time writing the full post when an inquiry would have seen if there was interest? Audacity! I needed to prove that the post would be quality.
At every stage of doing and thinking you should enjoy it. I follow a simple Success Making Machine principle: Do more of what you like and less of what you donâ€™t like. Without enjoyment people give up at the first sign of adversity. So why am I up past midnight with an early morning tomorrow writing? I could have put this off for another day. The answer is I enjoy it.
So does Audacity work? This isnâ€™t Hollywood, everything doesnâ€™t have a perfect ending. Skellie â€œloved the postâ€, but sheâ€™s not accepting guest posts at this time. But there is a happy ending which shows it is worth it to shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, youâ€™ll land among the stars. She did offer to link to the story on my blog. So I modified the original for my blog (this makes the original post the best post you never saw). I now have a link from a popular blog and a great story. I think audacity works.
So act now and be audacious.
Update: Skellie linked to this blog at The 5 Barriers to Success Series â€” Part 3: The Absence of Definition