The worm has turned. This past week proved pivotal as I implemented key components of  Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott and this week’s book Mini Habits by Stephen Guise, who was kind enough to respond to my tweet regarding his book and retweet it on twitter. I highly recommend listening or reading to both of them.

After reading Habit Stacking, I immediately added several routines (morning, afternoon, and evening) to my daily calendar. Much the routine was already in place, but it was time to codify that routine. I’ve tweaked it over the last week, but I’m pleased to say I’ve met every component of my routine for six consecutive days.

The gist of the routine in Habit Stacking was to schedule 15-30 minute blocks to do 3-30 mini habits, all 1-5 minutes in duration and do them in the same order and the same way consistently. He then went on to give possible habits that could be included in the routine and suggested not including anything that would go beyond 5 minutes.

I slightly modified that to include parts of my existing routine in the afternoon (namely meditating and taking a nap) to come at the end of my afternoon routine. In addition, I split up my exercises (which I do anyway) and inserted a couple mini habits between the exercises.  

One of the books discussed in Habit Stacking was of course, Mini Habits by Stephen Guise. While the concept of mini habits is something I’m familiar with, the devil is in the details, and doing is different than knowing. Several of the ideas discussed by Stephen struck a chord.

Stephen explained how motivation only sometimes gives you the results you want. And while sometimes may be good enough, I want more than good enough. The consistency of my writing has struggled from this exact precept. At times, I can write 40 page a day, at others, I can go months without writing fiction.

Stephen also talked about willpower, and while different and superior to motivation (in his estimation), it's limited for a variety of reasons. This is where mini habits comes in. By doing small but consistent actions over time, regardless of how absurdly small, they become habit and the primitive sections of your brain take over to make it part of your daily routine.

This is where things get interesting. He explains how motivation wanes due to lack of interest, even when you see results. Willpower will also run out when you are sick, tired, hungry, or have used it for other things. With mini habits, the habits are so tiny, you can do them regardless of willpower or motivation, and once they’ve become a habit, you can turn your focus to other things or add on to those habits.

While one of the mini habits I added was to write one sentence a day, it’s what happens once that habit takes hold that’s important. While the amount sounds small, it’s the behavior that's being ingrained in the subconscious that’s most important. You are of course free to add more than just your tiny mini goal, but if you don’t, you still should pat yourself on the back to give yourself that mental reward. Over time, those small tasks add up to large gains, and the overages that you occasionally, sometimes, or frequently add on to your mini goals add up as well.

As such, I think Stephen may have hit upon the single most effective actionable tip on success I have ever seen. There are many things that can add to one’s success, and you of course need belief in order to take action. But once you take that action, mini habits are the tool that can maintain discipline in the face of all other obstacles. It’s a truly brilliant piece of work.

I must also say, that I’ve had a ton of success. Looking back on it, that success has stood in my way. If I was more willing to set aside my hubris and focus on small but consistent daily actions, my larger goals would be more likely to come to fruition. That being said, I’m sticking with my yearly goals, but I’ve decided to focus (as one of my earlier commenters suggested) on the daily goals. More specifically, the daily mini goals. Below I’m going to list my new daily routines and mini goals, my yearly goals haven't changed, and you can read them on my very first post on this thread from week one.

While I still have every intention of getting the larger goals completed, simply chunking down the larger goals to a single daily amount may not be sufficient in part due to the mental effort to overcome the task of sitting down to write or do a large task even in that smaller chunk.

I can already tell that the mini goals have helped me be more mindful of my tasks and goals while reducing the resistance to taking on each task. It’s pointless to put something on a calendar if you don’t do it (and may actually do harm if you're familiar with NLP), so simply having the mini goal on my calendar instead of the chunked goal will at least get the ball rolling and continue to develop the habit.

On other fronts, I’ve received three replies from authors this week, four if you count Stephen Guise. While I didn’t meet my weekly writing total count, I did write every day, that includes fiction and nonfiction, I also met my routine and all other mini goals. I listened to a whopping 21 podcasts and two audiobooks. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill was the second. It seemed truncated, but was still a classic and must listen/read for those just getting started. 



Moving forward, I'll be using the new daily routine, mini habit, and additional weekly mini habits goal format with the yearly goal still in place. Let me know what you think. For those of you that read my blog who have goals and habits you want to accomplish and develop, Mini Habits may just get you there. Please leave a comment in the comments section and let me know what you think of the book and if it helps you. I’m curious if any of you are planning on trying out a mini habit or two of your own!

Audiobooks 
Mini Habits by Stephen Guise 
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire episodes 1376 & 1440-1447
The True Performance show by Ziglar episodes 426-429
MWF motivation episodes 8 & does your motivation suck
Should I be writing episodes 303-304
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe episodes 591-594

Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
Write in my daily goals journal
Clean up one thing on computer desk
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee

After Work Routine
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Floss, Brush, MW
Review show notes.
Review and/or add Japanese word/s
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercise (M,W,F)

Evening Routine
Read Japanese book (one paragraph in Kanji)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Say affirmations
Read fiction 2 pages.

Additional daily mini goals

Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business

Additional weekly goals  

Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software
 
 
Have you ever had the feeling something great was about to happen? That’s how I feel now. In spite of the mediocre success of the past month with respect to my weekly goals, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott have already improved my routine. Habit Stacking in particular confirmed what I knew already but failed to implement: It was time to codify my daily habits into a specific routine.

Habit Stacking suggested a short fifteen to thirty minute routine with one to five minute habits that are done rapid in succession with no breaks. Instead of a single routine, I made three. One for when I wake up, when I get home, and before bed. I’ve only been at it a couple of days, but it’s already paying dividends.

To go along with my newly minted three routine day, I’ve decided to focus on one type of writing per day, either fiction or nonfiction. I’ll target four pages, but by focusing on one task instead of multiple tasks on the writing front, I hope it will make it easier to get in the habit of writing daily.

I went to two new restaurants this past week, the Plumeria Beach House, and the Ethiopian Love Restaurant. Plumeria was excellent for lunch. I went on my fortieth birthday overlooking Kahala Beach. The outdoor patio birds were insane, but the food was good and ambiance was equally invited.

The Ethiopian Love Restaurant was dark, but it had intriguing art and decor. The food, however, was on the pricey side and mediocre at best. I tried multiple dishes, but none of them were to my liking. I found the food similar to Egyptian in some respects, but it paled in comparison.

The new web application I used was Lexile.com and their lexile analyzer. It’s an excellent tool for teachers. You’ll need to convert to file to a text file before it can be read and processed, but it you’re looking for a way to know the reading level for students, it’s an excellent tool and free for teachers. I also completed my workout routine and added my headline titles.      

I listened to a few podcasts, but failed on the reading, writing, and contacts front. I keep saying it, but that will change this week. I’ve made the necessary changes, and I’ll keep you apprised of my progress.

Audiobooks 
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 
Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire episodes 1438-1439

The True Performance show by Ziglar episode 424

Goals for the week of November 27th are listed below.
  • Pitch 10 Publishing companies to publish my book.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 2 blog posts
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors. 
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I spent most of this past week in Florida. I traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral as a GOES-R educator and watched the launch of the GOES-R satellite, a geostationary satellite that represents a quantum leap in imagery monitoring Earth and space weather. It was phenomenal, as was the Cuban food I ate while I was there. I have video and photo’s posted on my Twitter feed, if you can find it.

I finished the audiobook Linchpin, by Seth Godin, though I’m still reading the same science fiction book. Turns out, I had more important things to do while I was in Florida than read. One of those things was a ten hour teacher training. I am however, listening to The Power of Habit as this week’s audiobook. I’m loving it so far. I completed my extra ab exercises for this week, but failed to listen to any podcasts.

For the upcoming week, I am continuing on with my existing weekly goals, despite the holiday and my fortieth birthday on Saturday (yes, I know.). I’m looking forward to putting together a killer routine, part of the cue, routine, reward, craving, habit loop discussed in The Power of Habit. In addition, I’ve added additional books on habits to my Kindle reading wish list, which I use to select my weekly audiobooks.

I will be adding the successful components of habit reinforcement to my free products in improving and simplifying your life, which you can download for free here


Audiobooks
Linchpin by Seth Goden

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
None

Goals for the week of November 20th are listed below.
  • Write 16 pages of my own work (10 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 2 blog posts
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
Week #21 comes after two weeks with no updates, skipping weeks 19 & 20. I apologize for the delay, and while I could easily blame the break on serious personal issues, the bottom line is I dropped the ball. From now on, posts will go live every Sunday evening Hawaii time.

During the past few weeks, I listened to three audiobooks: Make it Stick by Peter Brown, Tribes by Seth Goden, and The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Of the three, Tribes was my favorite. I’m currently reading another Seth Goden book, Linchpin. His work is truly visionary, but he would likely tell you himself, that insight comes from taking action and doing as opposed to being born with some innate talent.

Over the recent months, I’ve noticed two trains of thought in the self-help space. There is some overlap, but there are clear distinctions between the two camps. One is focused on how to maximize productivity and success by using traditional methods. The other focuses on ideas more outside the box. Both methods have value. They don’t necessarily work to the exclusion of one another, but they can. As with anything in life, much of the strategies one uses will be situational. One or both camps can work to varying degrees of success, but they may also lead to very different outcomes.

I finally started writing my fiction again, and with the holiday’s next week, I will make more progress. I’ve made significant improvements to my master systems document, and I’ll update you in the coming week with the exciting developments.

For my new application, I upgraded to the Iphone 7. I like it a lot, though I’m not completely thrilled with the change in the notification featrure on my alarm with the latest OS. It makes it harder to turn it off if some other application is running or open, though that’s not an Iphone 7 issue but an OS issue. The earphone set up is also interesting, since it jacks into the same port as the charger. Other than that, I’m pleased overall.

I met several new people over the last few weeks, but I didn’t receive any new responses from authors or businessmen, that's mainly because I haven't tried to contact anyone recently. This week, though is tipping point week. I’m kicking into full throttle, and I believe I’ll have good news in the near future.

This week, I’m flying to Florida to watch the launch of the GOES-R satellite from Cape Canaveral Florida. I’ve never been, so it will be my new place for the week. I’ll let you know how it went on Sunday. See you then.

Audiobooks 
Make it Stick by Peter Brown
Tribes by Seth Goden
The Compound Effect

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant


Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1437
The True Performance show by Ziglar Episode 421-424
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 584-590

Goals for the week of November 13th are listed below.
  • Write 16 pages of my own work (10 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Ghostwrite 28 pages
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 2 blog posts
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I'm sure all of you have struggled with your goals at some point, and I feel I've been middling around recently and have lost some focus. Upon reflection, I've decided to change my weekly reflection strategy to empower my habits. Specifically, I have an accountability partner, and I will focus on reviewing and reflecting on my weekly goals earlier during the day instead of in the evening and for a longer period of time. 


This past week, I wrote my blog post and listened to an audiobook. I did contact a publisher and researched a few more, but I'll actually make some pitches towards the end of this week. I read a little, though not nearly enough. I added to my master life document and updated my free ebook, which you can download here if you haven't already. 


The audiobook I completed this past week was The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. 
The Tipping Point was a thorough explanation of how small changes can turn the tide and become an catalyst for exponential growth based on a few factors including the quality of the messenger, the stickiness of the message, and environmental factors. 


While not everyone is the type of messenger required to create a tipping point, those who seek to connect with a broader audience will be happy to know that it's possible to connect to those special "connectors" as the book refers to them. Probably the most control one has over whether or not a product can reach a tipping point, is the stickiness of the message. This is where quality comes in, though that's an over simplification. 


The book was a great exposition. I only wish there was more in the way of specific details on how one can go about creating the factors that lead to those optimal settings. The good is that there's other books out there, should would be inclined to seek out more information. A solid five star book. 


For the new place this week, I went to Hawaii Pumpkin Patch in Kapolei Hawaii. I've never been to any type of October fest. It's tame by mainland standards and much more expensive. The hayride was free, so I went on that and got a short ride around some pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, and corn. I bought a hot malasada while I was there for $1, but I wasn't impressed enough with another other item to make the purchase.


I've been lax on the weekly software application discussion and fiction writing, but that will change this week. Stay tuned. 


Audiobooks 
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1376, 1434-1436
The True Performance show by Ziglar Episode 419-420
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 583

Goals for the week of October 24th are listed below.
  • Write 23 pages of my own work (20 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
During my week break, I missed an opportunity to get more writing done, though I need write two blog posts, including a travel post on Japan. I did, however, finish an update to a free PDF I’m offering on success and motivation. I’ll include a link in my next post. I also thought about some reasons why I’ve struggled with completion of certain goals. I’ll write more about that in upcoming posts, but the short version has to do with internal motivation related to successfully completion of certain goals and a lack of adequate systems and routines.

I completed two audiobooks. The first is the 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. The 10X Rule accomplished two key things successful books should. The first is that it was simple. The basic principle behind the book was dream bigger, ten times bigger, and do more, ten times more, than you think needs to be done in order to accomplish that 10X goal. While some reviewers found the simplicity of the argument annoying, it’s the simplicity that makes the concept stick.

In the 10X Rule, dreaming bigger is what creates the passion to stay motivated, and doing more is what creates the success for those who persevere. Both are great concepts. Cardone gives examples of how those actions work and explained how most people will face resistance when they decided to take on the challenge.

There were a couple of concepts I didn’t completely agree with. One of those things was that foundation concepts were minimized, things like adequate sleep. The other issue was the lack of specifics regarding how to actually go about doing that additional work, though there was some discussion with his 32 habits of successful people. Still, it’s an excellent book and great motivator for wanting to take action.

The second audiobook I completed was Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley. The book was an introduction into mnemonic techniques based on finding ways to connect new information to increase recall. It was wrapped in light motivational talk. If you are new to the topic of enhanced memory, you might find the book useful, but it was nothing particularly insightful for me as I thoroughly researched these concepts when I was in high school.   

For my new place of the week, I went to Honolulu Night Market festival in the “Salt” shopping district in Honolulu, which proved underwhelming. I didn’t get to any new podcasts or applications, but I did read a fair amount of the same book from last week, Invasion.

Next week, My goals will remain the same with the exception of the writing, which will be 20 pages of fiction and 3 pages of blog writing.  



Audiobooks 
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1377-1381, 1430-1433
The True Performance show by Ziglar Episode 418
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 579-582
I Should be Writing Episode 301

Goals for the week of October 17th are listed below.
  • Write 23 pages of my own work (20 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I apologize for the late posting. My current Fall break and a few other factors conspired to assist in the delay.

Despite great progress in certain areas, I suffered a major setback in one of my major goals. Specifically, my agent declined to seek out publishers for my latest book. This is not my agents fault. He’s a great agent, and it’s just the nature of the business. What is does do though is allow me to refocus my efforts. I've been waiting a while on the final word, and now I have it. At this point, I’m going to push forward with a plan to contact publishers directly.

I will continue to guest post and promote my additional platform, but I’m also going to focus more heavily on writing and improving my writing. The more I write, and the better I write, the greater chance I have to get my work published and read. 

That said, my latest Lifehack article has been well received. I’m getting great feedback from fellow writers as well as business speakers and leaders on Twitter. I even had a person direct message me on Twitter to tell me I reaffirmed her commitment to start a business venture. It’s that kind of feedback that propels me forward, that combined with my desire and past successes. 

In addition, I have the rest of the week off, so my writing goal is 100+ pages of my time travel book this week. Completing this book takes on additional importance and urgency now that I’m going at it alone with my prior book. 

The one new thing I did this past week was completing the two-mile botanical garden hike I mentioned last week. There was lots of great natural fauna as part of the gardens, but drier than I prefer, good exercise nonetheless. 

For the new application or software, I upgraded to the latest OS version on my IPhone 6. I’ll be upgrading to the IPhone 7 shortly and was planning on holding off until then due to storage issues on my phone, but decided to push forward anyway. There are a couple of annoying things about the latest OS version. The first is that the alarm feature is more difficult to turn off. There is also an annoying delay when I want to use my phone and the password feature has kicked in. 

While there are new options on the text messaging app, there is also less space to key in the message, which makes it easier to make a mistake if your hands are partially occupied doing other things.

For the audiobook, I completed Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I have two minds about the book. Before I get into that, it’s important to state that there is not always a right or wrong way of doing something. As entrepreneurs, authors, or fill in the blank, it’s easy to say there is a best way, usually the way that worked for us or the one we're most familiar with. 

Books, including my own, often tout one action as better than another. In reality, there may be numerous paths to success even for one person. The challenge is for each person to find one of them.  

One of the positives about Ego is the Enemy is that it highlights a problem endemic in modern society: Entitlement. Ego makes us feel as if we deserve things that we don’t. This book nailed that concept. It also discussed how ego gets in the way of self-reflection and improvement, which was the crux of the book, another excellent insight. It’s important to step back and see what is failing, and ego prevents that if one is not careful. 

Where I took issue with the book was in its discussions of altruism, selfishness, and passion. Without getting into a philosophical discussion on objectivism and hashing out highly controversial arguments on Ayn Rand, I will say that selfishness, in the definition of doing what’s in one’s self-interest, is not a bad thing, and is in fact necessary. 

I will also say that passion is good, and this book disagreed. The funny thing is that I don’t even believe the book meant to denigrate passion the way it did. It defined passion as lack of self-control combined with madness, and then asserted that passion prevents clear thinking. It preferred those who were dispassionate and gave a couple of examples. 

From that angle, I think the book misses the point entirely. It’s correct in saying that ego often gets in the way of discipline, self-reflection, and perseverance. What it fails to recognize is how passion generates intrinsic motivation, which often creates the ability to stay focused, self-reflect, and persevere. That said, I do get the point that sometimes it’s necessary to step back and reflect on what’s not working. 

Hubris can indeed prevent humility from clearing one’s eyes to futile or misdirected efforts. The only problem is that it’s often hard, if not impossible, to determine when one is being arrogant and one is simply being persistent. Sometimes, you need to be both. The successful are often those who are too arrogant or too stupid to know they can’t succeed, and because of that, they succeed anyway.   

The book was highly philosophical, and often lacked any evidence. That by itself is not a problem, but there were throw away lines that I disagreed with. I often got the point, but the meaning of those lines will vary widely based on one’s own education and bias. Still, it was a good read with some useful tips and would serve readers well on balance. 

For my fiction book, I’m still reading invasion, and I need to pick up the pace. I’ve also decided to vary my audio books a bit. I’ve been reading a lot of business and motivational related content, but I need to listen to more writing books, so I’ve added a few to my Amazon and Audible wish list. 

I also listened to 15 podcasts, and I've added a few writing podcasts to my queue for upcoming weeks. 

No additional authors or successful leaders contacted me this week, but I did get several follow ups from those who’ve contacted me before. 

My goals for next week and completed podcasts are listed below. 

Audiobooks 
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1377-1381, 1430-1433
The True Performance show by Ziglar Episode 418
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 579-582
I Should be Writing Episode 301

Goals for the week of October 2nd are listed below.
  • Write 106 pages of my own work (100 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 50 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I haven’t hit all of my goals for any of the first fifteen weeks, though I’m come close on a couple, but the consistency of working towards them each week  is paying off. This week, I received feedback from five authors in the self-help motivational space including Grant Cardone, Charles Duhigg, Ryan Holiday, Patrick King, and Pat Grout. I also received correspondence from several other authors I spoke with earlier, including A.G. Riddle. In addition, I called in and spoke with Grant Cardone live on his show. The feedback I’ve gotten has been amazing.

While I didn’t finish reading a new book this week, I did complete the audio book from last week, the Success Principles, and listened to two additional audiobooks including Platform by Michael Hyatt (at Pat Grout’s suggestion), and Mindset by Carol Dweck. Mindset was phenomenal. If you don’t know the different between a fixed and growth mindset, then the book is a must read.

In addition, I completed a new Lifehack article. It should be live next Monday. I listened to ten podcast episodes.    

I went to the Koko Head Botanical Gardens for my new place, but only the short trail. I’ll go to the long trail this next week. I also tried the new url service shortener Sniply. I almost went super gungho on Sniply, but soon realized they limit the free version to 1,000 clicks per month. Beyond that, there are paid options. Still, with a few well-placed tweets, the free version can give you free exposure, which is amazing.

I did have a few setbacks including vertigo and dead car battery combined with some issues of focus, but on balance, it was a productive week. I have more exciting news currently under wraps I’ll share with you soon, so stay tuned.

Question: What do you think I can do to improve my existing strategy, and what strategies have you used to achieve your goals? I’d love to hear from you. 



Audiobooks 
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Platform by Michael Hyatt
Mindset by Carol Dweck

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1421-1429

The True Performance show by Ziglar Episode 417

Goals for the week of October 2nd are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 100 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
This has been a transition week. I’ve taken time to refocus on the best use of my time and the daily priorities that will get me towards my number one goal, which at the moment is finding a publisher for my motivational self-help book I wrote over the summer.

As part of the process, I’ve decided that reaching out to successful authors in the space is the best use of my time, which is why I’ve started contacting Amazon’s top one hundred authors in the field. My goal this week is to contact all of them, at least all who have contact information. Once the top one hundred have been contact, I’ll contact more.

I’ve also got a list of publishers in the field. Even though I could wait for my agent to contact them, I’ve decided to be proactive and help the process along by working my network. Once I’ve received a few contacts and suggestions, I’ll start reaching out to them as well.

The other action to push forward towards that goal is to continue guest blogging on highly visible sites. I submitted a new article proposal for Lifehack, so I expect that to be approved within the next week to ten days. I’ve also emailed some contacts at the Huffington Post. This week, I’ll shoot for Forbes.

Second to my goal of getting a publisher, is to finish my time travel book. I have a week off in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to get at least another 80 or so pages done during that time. If I can finish the first draft that will be even better.

For the following week, I’m made a few changes to weekly goals, the main change is my goal to contact 100 self-help authors. I’ll keep the others the same.

For my new place this week, I visited a couple of different places and restaurants in Osaka Japan on Sunday. I also visited the newly renovated International Marketplace in Waikiki, both of which I enjoyed.  

I took a look at Snapchat for the new app, but I didn’t spend nearly enough on it. I will give a better discussion next week. I’ve been planning on contact John Lee Dumas of Eofire through Snapchat for his mentoring sessions.

I finished fifteen hours of a twenty-hour audiobook, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. I'm not finished with the book, but I will say that while there is a great deal of great stuff in 
The Success Principles,  I am not a believer in the Law of Attraction. I don't believe in the magic of the Secret. What I do believe is that belief is the first step, because without it, there is no action. It's the action that creates success, not merely belief. 


I grew up with many people who believed that faith was all that was needed to succeed. They stayed poor, and many became disillusioned. The simple fact is that faith leads to  action. The action is what allows for success to manifest, not the universe conspiring to match your belief. 



I also started reading Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant. I listened to 7 podcasts, Episodes 1414-1420 of Eofire. I’m excited about another week. I’ll see you again October 3rd.  

Audiobook in progress 
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1414-1420

Goals for the week of September 23rd are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 100 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
Some weeks are a cut above the rest. This past week in Japan is one of them. I was fortunate to meet many wonderful new people. I traveled to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hyogo, and several other smaller prefectures in the Kansai area of Japan. I ate wonderful food and friends, family, and gracious people. I plan on doing it again next year.

I mentioned last week my focus will be on the appreciation of life as well as recuperation. I accomplished that. I also attended a very respectful and solemn funeral anniversary ceremony, which was rich in Japanese tradition and culture. It was more a celebration of life than a mournful event.   

I visited the Hiroshima Dome and monument to those who died in the atomic bomb blast over seven decades ago that punctuated the end of World War II.

I toured the Children’s Monument of Peace, and felt the gracious reception of everyone around me on through the Twitterverse. One of those people was famed fashion influence and humanitarian Simonetta Lein. She was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to write a post on peace from Hiroshima, which I did, and host it on her charity wall. The post will go live Monday September 20th. Watch for it on my Twitter feed and my newsletter

I'll also write a post on tips for traveling to Japan for her as well in the coming weeks, and I will go more in depth on my visit and the terrific places to eat and visit. 

This week marks three months on my journey of self-discovery. This upcoming week will be a mind shift and opportunity to reevaluate and refocus. I’m grateful and excited for my current path, and I know more exciting things will follow. I’ve met wonderful people and expanded my network of like-minded people. I’ve accomplished many of my weekly goals during that time, but I’m more excited about the journey. I’m hoping you will join me along for the ride.

Audiobook 
None.

Book 
The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
None

Goals for the week of September 19th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (17 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.