Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator, Affirmations, and Me.

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With both feet, I’m in.  Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, in his recent book talked about affirmations.   (I’m assuming it was in his recent book because he took the blog posts down, and I had to seriously hunt for them in the cache of Google).

For a long time, i’ve plated around with them.

I wanted to believe, I wanted to reset and ralibrate my mind to make them work, but in practice they were always just a sconch off putting for me.  Felt like I shouldn’t need ‘em.   Felt like I should have my own identity.  Damn that Stuart Smalley.  

I didn’t believe.  I tried, but I felt stupid.  It was the inner lunatic or whatever.  Doing something without being 100% into it.  Dumb

I’m not gonna get all scientoligist on you, but I believe that we can create our own realities.  I believe that it takes massive action (you Secret people make me wretch with your lazy manifestations of material crap). I believe that you can do whatever you want. 

My evidence:

Scott Adams is inarguably more successful than me.  I’d betcha my wife’s hotter and smarter than his, but I’d concede virtually every other metric to the man, and I’ve never met his wife.  If Affirmations are his kludge, why not use ‘em?  I could probably, given time, invent my own kludge, but why?

I’ll be saying affirmations each morning.  With intention and all my heart.  I’m gonna write the goals I got down 3x daily.  I’ll have 6 total goals; 2 30 day goals, 2 90 day goals, and 2 year long goals.  Once I’m into that, I’ll add a couple more. 

Affirmations are the way to make the world the way you want it, starting from the inside out.  You make yourself by stating affirmations (I take action to achieve my six goals).  And then you expand the things you can control.  I’ve gotten the theory, but it’s time to quit being someone that talks about prospecting, to being someone who prospects.

Tension in the Creative Act.

My muse–what I want to create for the world–is hard to create.  To make something that didn’t exist before, out of nothing but the building blocks that everyone has at their disposal requires a distillation of insanity, presumptuousness, faith, and joy far beyond that which modern society considers healthy.

I was at Starbucks yesterday meeting a possible business partner, and I was in a great mood, exuberant and full of energy.  The ‘barista,’ there asked me what I was on, why I was so happy.   Wasn’t the first time someone asked me that.  What a damning indictment of human society if being joyful is such an aberration that it requires mention (and if truth be told, I was being reigned in to her level of misery).   That worked for a moment, my brain ruminated on this, and my blood pressure went up.  How dare she piss on someone for being cheerful?

Then I realized what had happened, I kicked that thought out of my head.  I won’t let strangers dictate the experience I’m having any more.

Creating something is the fulfillment of our individual soul’s greatest desire while it is an affront to our collectivist society.  Julia Cameron says that it’s an insult to God not to create.  Those that don’t create–she calls ‘crazymakers’.  They tell us that what we’re doing isn’t good enough, novel enough, unique enough.  And the spark that challenges their own sloth they work to insidiously extinguish.  This ‘they’ is all of us.

Every great creator–both artist and businessperson–has been attacked by the collective itself, even as the Collective benefits from the  spark.  There is some reversion to mediocrity that Leviathan wants.  Watch the reactions to starting a business.  Watch the reactions to moving towards a state of joy.

Watch people that wish to create get mollified by money and security.

Watch as people seek the approbation of what one friend called ‘stylish losers,’ to the point where they cease to recognize their own contributions, genius and talent.

There are any number of ways to run off course.  It might be easy to create, but first you have to drown out the cacophony of the world and it’s desire to assimilate all of us into the shuffling gray mass of mediocrity.  People seek to tear it down, even those that ‘love’ you.

This is what causes tension in the creative act, because it holds people accountable for their lack of contributions.  Scott Gingsberg says “but you didn’t,” when people call him to task for the notion that anyone coulda done what he did.

This is advice to myself.  I’ve known I find this behavior in myself; when I really am on the path to something that I believe in, I question the joy, I want to undersell myself and roll my eyes at the creative act. I find ways to sabotage my belief in my ability, my mind, and sometimes the end product that I created.  Because being earnest, guileless and sincere is sometimes pretty hard.

So I’m going to keep on creating what I know to be good and right.  I want you to do the same thing so the bar gets raised.

Hiatus.

I’ve gained a lot of great subscriptions to loanofficersurvivaltrinaing.com.

I’m very happy about that, but there is a lot of work that I’ve got to do fleshing out my outlines, plans and forms to make sure I honor the commitment that others made to me.  I have to bang on my forms so they are good enough for my people.

I’m also launching newmarketsurvivalguide.com on Tuesday with a very cool GTD fantasy toy that new blogger Amy created. (You should add amy)   (I described my GTD fantasy here and it’s basically realized.  We’ll take it even father eventually, but for now it’s the coolest thing on the planet.)

TO GET SAID GTD FANTASY SCRIPT YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS TO NEWMARKETSURVIVALGUIDE.COM  Do it!  [Edit: Today, 5/25/08, I'm getting feedback that the email feed doesn't work.  We will fix!]

I’ve also got a new comportment guide you’ll like.

I have 7 authors that I’m really proud of toeing the line with me (which makes it what, my 4th multi-author: bloodhoundblog, lenderama, cicerone,

Speaking of GTD Fantasy?  You all need to getdropbox.  Getdropbox.com is a fantastic toy. 

Having declared myself on hiatus, of course, I may be producing heartbreaking works of staggering genius.

But if you don’t hear from me, y’all know why.

Incase you don’t see what I see…

Mark Cuban on the Salary CapI like Mark.  Read his advice about success.  I did.

Duct Tape Marketing Riffs On Leads- More actionable than usual.  The gem is differentiating followup processes depending on the way that leads come in.  Bill Rice, be proud. (Bill rice sells something that has more function than infusionsoft at mass market prices).

10 Useful Windows Productivity Toys- Yes, Lifehacker…yes, again.

The Positivity Blog on “Teach Your Children Well.”

And…Indians are Alright from Freelance Switch

Overwhelm.

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…to Peace.

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Tomorrow?  My Documents…that WILL be worse.

This is one of those GTD things that totally clears the decks psychically.  Now to get my desk done…

I am happy as hell with the role I’ve picked. 

Alrighty(?) everybody….

Alrighty(?) everybody. I’m back to Jotting. Jott told me that I needed to be Jotting more. They sent me a friendly reminder unlike this stupid ____ special reminder that I got before. So, I thought hey, why not Jott? So, all of you all who(?) are Jotted(?) let me know. Also don’t forget my free conference call on the 17th, dirt cheap way to get business in the next that closes in June and I’ll talk to you soon. Bye, bye. listen

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Dan Green, You Cool Dude.

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imageIf you have the chance to talk to Dan Green, do it.  Period.   Wherever/whenever he summons you.  I got the call one Monday morning not too long ago.  He happened to be in Westerville not long ago to speak to the Real Living people about being a superstar blogger.

Since he gets DEALS out of his blog, hey, he’s qualified.  Major kudos to Harley Rouda, JR and company for getting him to show up and talk.   While I’m talking about Harley, I’ll say that Harley should can his relationship with his in house lender.  It may make you some money, but it costs you transactions and destroys your culture.  But I digress.

I learned  about his business and talked too much while we had a cup of coffee at the church of St. Arbucks (a pleasure I rarely get these days, and sadly, don’t miss).  He was selling me on the benefits of the Salesforce-driven MyLoanBiz, and he got me really curious. 

Anyway, I was sharing with him the Survival/Thrival Guide’s takeoff and I was a little bit sheepish about it.  I rolled my eyes…still in a little bit of shock that cool people like Tom, Tony, and Brian said nice things about me. 

Quicker than a jab from Sugar Ray Leonard, he said, “No.  Don’t do that.  If you don’t believe, nobody else will…if you think it’s stupid, don’t do it.”

OKfine.  He’s right, of course.  I don’t think what I’m doing IS stupid.  I do think 25 million dollar producers can become 30 million dollar producers by using it (or become 15 million dollar producers that work 10-12 hours a week, the path that I dig, cause I got me some new peak experiences).]

Not Quite Damascus, But the Combined Impact?

That moment may not have been an epiphany on the road to Damascus, but it was maybe like the first time you ‘get’ Dylan.   You can’t ever doubt yourself–because when you do, everyone else will too

Between him telling me to believe, and Gregg Swann telling me to cultivate indifference…I’ve got a lot of insulation from the idiots zealots and losers.  And that’s the reason to stick around the RE net.  Spend less time thinking stupid and un productive thoughts.

But what to do with the cognitive surplus that remains from not working on getting the approbation of dimwits?

I’m sure I’ll think of something.

….

You’ll see the sidebar has changed.  Note that I’m doing a call next Thursday.  It promises to kick ass.

In case you don’t read what I read?

Freelance Switch: 12 Great Ways For Freelancers To Increase Leads  HEY RE. NET.  THIS CRAP WORKS! 

Positivity Blog: Set a Great Example for your Children 

And my children?  That reminds me, I have to keep Jackson Potty trained.  So time to take him for his midnight run to the loo.

GTD: Double Click CTRL and Double Click ALT.

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One killer feature of Google Desktop is the fact that it gives you instantaneous access to search.  Hitting Double Click Ctrl brings up at  thought-speeds the search box:

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You type, hit enter, and it opens a search page.  You can alt-tab back to what you were doing, the search is waiting for you.

What I want–and it’s a call to all the #lifehacker types out there…is to make something this fast…to work with Double-ALT.

For notes/notebook.

The only function that matters is speed.  Double-ALT AND up pops–as fast as Google’s search bar–something to enter…

…and double alt to dismiss.  So in the middle of a blog post, when a thought sparks another one, you double alt…type it, and double alt again.

Come on, Hive, help a GTD’er out!

The Power Of Loose Ties, Longterm Networking.

For a long time, I’ve been blogging.  I’ve followed and been followed by thousands of people off and on (had I the ephiphany that I’ve had today, baby, I’d have EVERYONE OF YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES).   And I learned something.  Even people that you used to follow are dimly aware of you 2 years after you stop.

I haven’t been on LiveJournal.Com in more than 2 years.

I haven’t posted updates, been part of the comunities (though a Realtor could do really well on communities like columbus.livejournal.com).

At one point, I followed http://voicetrack.livejournal.com.

I pinged him the other day to see if he’d do an open to my SurvivalCast (which is live and permanent starting tomorrow…I’m 3 weeks ahead of schedule), and what he’d charge.   He gave me the best price of all, and recorded 10-12 takes of my 2 sentences.  He had takes with both the gravatas of a 1940 news anchor to the Mirth of Harry Chapin’s “mornin’ DJ”.   What fun he was!

Anyway, there are tons of people that are in my network, that can do nifty things.  Not everyone would do it free, some would.  But a big network of loosely connected people is pretty valuable.  I have helped 5-6 people set up WP blogs, I’ve made introductions, and had a blast with this stuff.

And I’m taking it AS far as I possibly can.

Just Some Quick Notes:

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I’m in the middle of doing Loan Officer Survival Training, and I came up with a “blog checklist” that I thought might be useful to someone starting up a WP blog and wanting to make sure that everything that’s supposed to get handled gets handled.  Some of this stuff is in “Chris” speak, but most of it is useful stuff.

  • RSS Button Configured.
  • Best Posts Highlighted Somewhere.
  • Email Configured
  • Related posts Configured
  • Google Aps Configured
  • Audio-Player Configured
  • All In One SEO
  • Category List Made
  • admin, chirs, and others.
  • About list made.
  • Blogroll Moved to Separate Page.
  • Ads Planed
  • WWSG do?
  • Pillar Posts Done
  • Links Done.
  • Theme Chosen
  • Top Nav Bar Created.
  • Plugins:
    • Askimnet
    • WP-Stats
    • Feedburner Feedsmith
    • All in One SEO
    • Related Posts
    • Audio-Player
    • WWSGD
    • Customizable Post Listings
    • Most Comented?
    • Subscribe2 comments
    • PhotoDropper
    • Google XML Sitemaps
    • OZH’s Better Feed.

Video Is Not Why We’re On The Net!

Am I missing something with this “video”wave?  When I click on a link, and a video starts playing, I usually can’t hit Alt-F4 or CTRL-W fast enough.  I feel cheated.  I wanted to read a reaction, in two seconds, not sit through a preroll ad to see a quick soundbyte.  I want to read the quote.  The presence of “suprise! video!” diminishes every single thing on the web.

Yet it’s getting to be more.  I want to skim 6-12 stories in 2 minutes. 

I want to surgically remove the value out of an idea, and then MOVE ON.  And I want it as fast as I think.  Blip Vert Fast. I don’t want ponderously slow and predictable news coverage. 

I want to skim text, and I am in the minority.

It pisses me off to no end that this is the case.

NO, this doesn’t mean I’m anti-video.  Video is hugely powerful supporting information.  I’m glad for it.  It’s just NOT the stuff that’s on the web.

GTD and Google Notebook: Ten Features I Absolutely Pine For

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imageAs longtime readers know, I’m a big fan of Google Notebook, and GTD.  And, as cool as hitting ALT-N is, there are critical features missing from notebook that would make it even more glorious as a thought organization tool–without changing the basic “ultra simple ethos.”   Maybe the folks at Lifehacker can help a guy out and make a better Google notebook.  Now that Google Docs are finally usable, let’s turn some attention to the truly remarkable ap that Google made–the notebook. 

I’m a fan. 

  1.  Make A Default Notebook–as an option in lieu of the last one you were in.  Wouldn’t  it be fabulous to have a setting that ALWAYS puts stuff in your default notebook?  For me, it’s unprocessed things.  From there, my notes find their places in the appropriate folders.  A lot of times i have a ‘read later,’ list, and if I was in THAT notebook, it will undermine me. 
  2. Hotkey for notes.  It’s possible that my FF install is wonky, but after some update, it stopped allowing me to hit ALT+N and just type away.  Now I have to click or activate the notebook tab, and that’s a serious PITA.   This is a MINIMUM.  Alt N and type, and alt N again to shut down.
  3. Global Hotkey to put stuff in notebook:  Double click-ctrl is a godsend for “search”  Double click alt or something to fire notebook up real fast.  No hands off the keyboard…just double click alt, type your note, and resume.  This COLLECTS those thoughts and prevents thinkers from being interrupted. 
  4. Allow Different Locations in Firefox for the Notebook Along the bottom bar.  Since I’m in Google aps a lot,  I get this notebook showing up a lot.  It covers up conversations, messages, etc.  Let’s move the notebook to the far left instead of the far right so we can use it live and in real time with the other stuff that we’re doing.
  5. Copy Between and to multiple notebook feature.  Some things belong in more than one place.  I like tags ok, but I like having notebooks that have as much as possible.  I might have a bunch of things that are in my unprocessed things that I both want in my “reference” notebook, and my “web design” notebook.  Making multiple notes quickly copy to other places is the best possible feature.
  6. Different/Better Sharing: Let’s put a social feature in: one place or setting  that is ‘shared,’ for anyone that wants it.  Notes can be dumped in privately and toggled public or something–as a setting.  I know we can share noteboks, but there might be ten notes and we want to share 7 of ‘em all under ‘blog post ideas.’
  7. Email This Note.  Way more useful than “add a comment”  I mean, seriously, add a comment?  To notes.  In your notebook?   Emailing a note to a buddy in a “reader-simple” way should be part of it.
  8. Right click-copy from clipboard in ANY application:  There are times that I have images, times that I have links, times that I’m in a word document and want to save some text.  Right click, copy from clipboard.  Pictures, songs, etc…can be ‘duly noted.’   I don’t know quite to do about open office, but we’ll figure it out.
  9. Sound, baby, sound: This might be a reach, but if it could let me turn my mic on and “Jott” stuff into notebook, oh, how would that work. 
  10. Better keyboard navigation:  I am a J-walker in Google Reader.  I want notebook to have the same jump around ethos that the rest of reader has.

I want all of these, all at once. 

A prior post on this subject:

http://genuinechris.com/2008/02/07/how-i-use-google-notebook/