This post is a tad late. Really I should have published it last weekend but instead I was recovering from the effects of doing a skydive. I think after all that adrenalin inducing activity, I needed to just chill out and that is exactly what I did.
So, how did I get on in September with my goals? To remind you what they were:
- Complete a training course in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming).
- Put my CD collection up for sale.
- Read ChiRunning book and run 5K.
- Write a guest post.
- Create a new section of the blog to share about what books I am reading/find useful.
- Write a business plan using Corbett Barr’s ultimate business plan workbook for bloggers
Complete NLP course
This I achieved and it took up a significant amount of my time in September. The course was 7 days long each day usually ran from 9.30-7pm, with homework to do in the evening. There was also a significant amount of pre-course work to do which get me very busy during the first week of September so virtually the first two weeks of September were taken up with achieving this goal. But it was worth the time spent, because having completed the course I am now a qualified NLP Practitioner, which will help me in my ambitions to be a coach.
For details of some of the lessons I learnt on this course, check out the following post: There is always another way.
Put my CD collection up for sale
I haven’t quite finished this one. What I’ve done is burnt all my CDs to my laptop, backed them up and exported my play list into an excel spreadsheet so that I have full listing of the CDs I own. I have just over 400 CDs.
I had originally planned to sell them on Amazon as that is where I thought I’d make the most money but I stumbled across a website called musicmagpie.co.uk that allows me to scan the bar code of each CD I own using my iPhone and tells me how much my CD is worth. I can then send my CDs for free and pending inspection, will receive a cheque for the amount quoted.
I couldn’t believe it when I found this site as it seemed like the perfect solution, but I was quick to notice the downside. So far I’ve scanned in 54 CDs and on average they are selling for 30p each with the odd few coming in at over a pound, meaning I’ll make around £20 for about 50 CDs, each of which cost me around £10 to buy. On realizing how little I’d make for a CD collection that has cost around £4000 and taken me 16 years to build up was somewhat disheartening. However, I still have all of the music on my laptop and for me right now, the most precious commodity I have is my time and this solution makes the most of that.
Read ChiRunning book and run 5K
I first learnt about the whole notion of ChiRunning when I read a post titled 15 Mind-blowing Books That I Can’t Stop Recommending by Dave Ursillo. The book’s strap line reads ‘A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running’ and the idea of this appealed to me massively. Having been an avid runner in the past, because of a recurring knee injury, I haven’t been able to run for the past two years.
I came to running late in life but once I did, I made up for lost time. In 2008 I ran the London Marathon, followed by a half marathon later that same year. Running then became a huge part of my life and it was in training for the 2010 Brighton Marathon that my knee became so problematic that I haven’t really run since. I’ve seen numerous physiotherapists and all have a different theory on what causes the knee pain, but alas they’ve all failed to sort the problem out and my running has yet to resume.
The ChiRunning approach incorporates the principles of T’ai Chi into stronger, healthier running form and I’m optimistic that reading this book will provide me with the techniques to run in a way that prevents my knee from becoming swollen and sore. I’ll update more on this in the future.
Write a guest post
I haven’t done this yet and I have to admit I’m finding it hard to find the time to do even more work than I’m already doing on my blog but I know that this needs to change, if I am to increase traffic to my site. For this reason this goal is staying on my to do list!
Create a new section of the blog to share about what books I am reading/find useful.
I haven’t done this yet but I have given it a lot of thought. The idea for this was originally inspired by Susan Cain’s blog The Power of Introverts and a weekly feature she has called What To Read This Weekend which I love. I thought that an area on my blog to talk about the books that I have recently read, am reading or plan to read would be a nice way of sharing good writing that I have come across.
However, I think that rather than a section on the blog I’d like to do something similar to Susan’s weekly feature and plan to start by doing a monthly piece on reading that has inspired me and that I’d like to recommend to my readers. This could be a blog post or a book that I have read or am reading. I will publish the first of these posts in October.
Write a business plan
I’ve yet to put aside the time to sit and complete Corbett Barr’s ultimate business plan workbook for bloggers but I’ve downloaded it and started to read through it. A part of me thinks that my procrastination around this is less to do with having the time and more about some low-level fears around really specifying where I want to go with this blog.
I’ve resisted putting down in writing any serious goals for this blog or the future business I’m hoping to create and I’m fully aware that this is down to a fear of failure. It’s no surprise to me that I’ve made little progress with the ‘business’ goals compared to the personal goals I set myself in September.
I feel that my procrastination around business planning and goals needs to be tackled head on and as a result I’m not going to set any new goals for October and instead focus on achieving the three ‘business’ goals I failed to achieve in September.
Hopefully taking those first steps to creating a vision for my future business will set the ball rolling for some big and fruitful changes.
Do you have any goals that you are struggling with? Or any tips for beating procrastination and fear of failure? If so I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Please share this post if you’ve enjoyed it.