Change of Perspective and a Personal Challenge

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Change of Perspective and a Personal Challenge

I’ve read or listen to over a 100 books, CDs, DVD, and articles on Personal Development and Success, but it wasn’t until I read Bill Bartmann’s book “Billionaire: Secrets to Success” that I discovered a key missing component to achieving success and why I was failing more than succeeding.

Not everyone responds to things the same way or learns in the same way so even though I had access to all this great material I personally just couldn’t put it together. More times than not, I would set a goal and give up on it half way towards it.

What I was missing was the way I looked at my goals. In this day and age we have become accustomed to goals being nothing more than something to be cast aside.

How many times have you set a New Year’s Resolution only to let it go after the first month or worse yet, never even start it! Because of the carefree attitude we have grown accustomed to when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we’ve taught our subconscious it is ok to quit when trying to achieve a goal.

What Bartmann brings to light is that we tend to keep promises more readily than we do goals; so the key is to make your goals promises to yourself or someone you care enough about that you’ll keep your promise.

Think this point over. How many times have you slipped or given up on your goals? Of all the times you have succeed and achieved your goals what was different about those goals? When I looked over my personal goal achievements I was shocked to realize that they were results of promises I made to myself, someone else, or a type of personal challenge.

To test this I made myself a challenge. My challenge was to make enough posts to Warrior Forum to achieve the 500 posts originally required to post challenges in the Challenge and Contest area. The new limit is 200, but I wanted to test this theory so I set my goal for 500 posts.

To achieve 500 posts you need to make 16 posts per day with four extra posts on the 30th day, if you are doing a month with 30 days. I also decided to make one of the posts a 400 plus word article, and limit the thank you post to 5 only. This meant that I had to make 1 article post, 10 quality posts, and allowed 5 posts that were thank you post (which I really tried not to do).

The first few days were the toughest, as I felt out the posts and the topic available to respond to. After the first 3 days it became easy, in fact most days I found myself posting 20 posts per day and then 25 posts; some days over 30!

My goal was 500 posts; I reached that mid-month but kept going, after all my goal/promise was for the month of December, 31 days. It’s now the 26th; I’m half way to 700 posts and still going strong.

My wife asked why I’m still going when I hit my 500 posts, it’s because the promise was for 31 days, and a minimum of 16 posts per day with one being an article. Then she asked me why? What was I getting out of it?

I’m getting self-satisfaction and proof that this is what works and why I succeed when I do. Plus I’m proving to myself that I can write a full page article each and every day with NO problem. The first article took a while to write, the next was written quicker, now I can write an article in about 15 minutes if not shorter.

If you are having problems setting and keeping goals try making them promises and breaking them down.

My overall goal/promise: 500 posts in 31 day with 31 of them being articles. That breaks down into a minimum of 15 posts per day, plus 1 400 word article, plus an additional 4 articles needing to be posted some time during the 31 day period.

To break this down even more you can write the article in the morning or in the evening and make some of the posts in the morning and the others at night. You can make the extra posts on the weekend.

Finally you have to set and keep when you are going to make your posts. For example if you are going to make posts everyday then keep it that way. Don’t make 30 post one day then 50 posts 3 days later, then 100 posts a week later. The entire purpose of this exercise / challenge is to develop discipline and good habits.

If you decide that you are going to post only on the weekends, or every other day, that is fine, just keep to what you decide at the beginning. I would not write more than 1 article per day because I wanted to develop the habit of writing every single day.

I submitted this challenge to the Challenge and Contest Area but haven’t heard anything as of yet.

Those of you that have seen my posts will now understand why so many in this month of December. You will also notice that 90% of them are all of substance and very few are just plain thank you.

Most of my posts were in the Mind Warrior section because there are a bunch of great people here that make it easy to reply to and interact with. Some I have come to enjoy reading and interacting with.

I know this has already helped me a great deal and when I finish with this challenge I’ll be able to post here and other places far easier than I have been able to in the past.

Hope this helps at least one person out there. I’d like to thank all of you for helping me make this possible with your great posts and counter post.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

James Darren Davis
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

    Change of Perspective and a Personal Challenge

    I've read or listen to over a 100 books, CDs, DVD, and articles on Personal Development and Success, but it wasn't until I read Bill Bartmann's book "Billionaire: Secrets to Success" that I discovered a key missing component to achieving success and why I was failing more than succeeding.

    Not everyone responds to things the same way or learns in the same way so even though I had access to all this great material I personally just couldn't put it together. More times than not, I would set a goal and give up on it half way towards it.

    What I was missing was the way I looked at my goals. In this day and age we have become accustomed to goals being nothing more than something to be cast aside.

    How many times have you set a New Year's Resolution only to let it go after the first month or worse yet, never even start it! Because of the carefree attitude we have grown accustomed to when it comes to New Year's Resolutions we've taught our subconscious it is ok to quit when trying to achieve a goal.

    What Bartmann brings to light is that we tend to keep promises more readily than we do goals; so the key is to make your goals promises to yourself or someone you care enough about that you'll keep your promise.

    Think this point over. How many times have you slipped or given up on your goals? Of all the times you have succeed and achieved your goals what was different about those goals? When I looked over my personal goal achievements I was shocked to realize that they were results of promises I made to myself, someone else, or a type of personal challenge.

    To test this I made myself a challenge. My challenge was to make enough posts to Warrior Forum to achieve the 500 posts originally required to post challenges in the Challenge and Contest area. The new limit is 200, but I wanted to test this theory so I set my goal for 500 posts.

    To achieve 500 posts you need to make 16 posts per day with four extra posts on the 30th day, if you are doing a month with 30 days. I also decided to make one of the posts a 400 plus word article, and limit the thank you post to 5 only. This meant that I had to make 1 article post, 10 quality posts, and allowed 5 posts that were thank you post (which I really tried not to do).

    The first few days were the toughest, as I felt out the posts and the topic available to respond to. After the first 3 days it became easy, in fact most days I found myself posting 20 posts per day and then 25 posts; some days over 30!

    My goal was 500 posts; I reached that mid-month but kept going, after all my goal/promise was for the month of December, 31 days. It's now the 26th; I'm half way to 700 posts and still going strong.

    My wife asked why I'm still going when I hit my 500 posts, it's because the promise was for 31 days, and a minimum of 16 posts per day with one being an article. Then she asked me why? What was I getting out of it?

    I'm getting self-satisfaction and proof that this is what works and why I succeed when I do. Plus I'm proving to myself that I can write a full page article each and every day with NO problem. The first article took a while to write, the next was written quicker, now I can write an article in about 15 minutes if not shorter.

    If you are having problems setting and keeping goals try making them promises and breaking them down.

    My overall goal/promise: 500 posts in 31 day with 31 of them being articles. That breaks down into a minimum of 15 posts per day, plus 1 400 word article, plus an additional 4 articles needing to be posted some time during the 31 day period.

    To break this down even more you can write the article in the morning or in the evening and make some of the posts in the morning and the others at night. You can make the extra posts on the weekend.

    Finally you have to set and keep when you are going to make your posts. For example if you are going to make posts everyday then keep it that way. Don't make 30 post one day then 50 posts 3 days later, then 100 posts a week later. The entire purpose of this exercise / challenge is to develop discipline and good habits.

    If you decide that you are going to post only on the weekends, or every other day, that is fine, just keep to what you decide at the beginning. I would not write more than 1 article per day because I wanted to develop the habit of writing every single day.

    I submitted this challenge to the Challenge and Contest Area but haven't heard anything as of yet.

    Those of you that have seen my posts will now understand why so many in this month of December. You will also notice that 90% of them are all of substance and very few are just plain thank you.

    Most of my posts were in the Mind Warrior section because there are a bunch of great people here that make it easy to reply to and interact with. Some I have come to enjoy reading and interacting with.

    I know this has already helped me a great deal and when I finish with this challenge I'll be able to post here and other places far easier than I have been able to in the past.

    Hope this helps at least one person out there. I'd like to thank all of you for helping me make this possible with your great posts and counter post.

    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    This is completely awesome! I eat this stuff up! I must say friend, top notch stuff. I learned a great deal and had some mini AHA'S as I read this. Awesome job!
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      Originally Posted by rcritchett View Post

      This is completely awesome! I eat this stuff up! I must say friend, top notch stuff. I learned a great deal and had some mini AHA'S as I read this. Awesome job!
      Thank you. Have been reading your eBook and there's some pretty good stuff in there. I can see some of the influence from others there but I see your own unique perspective there and some pretty good insight. It's the things like that, that fill in the missing pieces and expand your own views.
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    Scortillion is a name derived from two words. Scorpio and Centillion.

    I’ve been on the internet since the 90s and use to use Scorpio, but too many people were using that so I found Centillion, you can find the meaning here Centillion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and then people were using that, I tried Scorpious but people started using that… so I create the name you see above and I’ve yet to see anyone using it.

    It is also a character in my stories so if anyone uses it I can claim copyright infringements
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      Originally Posted by Dominique Couffignal View Post

      Oh, that's nice to know, thanks for your kind reply.
      Will be very interested to know more about your stories though.. If you have a minute or 2 to spare at some point, feel free to share a link to your books or your website on which it is possible to read all about "The Mysterious Adventures of Mr. Scorpillion"

      Congratulations for your 700 posts mark, that's pretty amazing in such a small period of time. I guess that by the time I triple check my grammar/syntax and such for one of my post, you already posted 20 of them..lol!
      I will definitely not be up for this kind of challenge, but I sure am impressed by your dedication.

      Well done!
      Word works very nice for that... lol It is a life saver at times.
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    You guy here are the best! My goal was 500 posts by the 31st of December, but there are so many great people here posting some amazing stuff that I usually end up posting 25 or more posts per day plus my full page article.

    Just hit 700 posts with my last post and if I wasn’t so tired I could easily post some more. Which gives me an idea for a final push, I have 3 more days left so I going to give myself a final push to reach 800 posts by the 31. That’s 100 posts in 3 days, 100 quality posts that is plus 3 full page posts.

    Or better yet is there anyone, or ones, that would like to help create a thread of 300 post in 3 days? That’s 300 posts per each person participating. Do I have anyone that can dedicate themselves for the next 3 days (December 29, 30 and 31) to make 300 posts? It would be easy if we work together and off of each other…. If not I’ll stick to 100 posts in 3 days… but if I can get at least 3 people that is up to the challenge then I’ll go for the 300 posts in 3 days…
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  • Profile picture of the author cerava
    Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

    To test this I made myself a challenge. My challenge was to make enough posts to Warrior Forum to achieve the 500 posts originally required to post challenges in the Challenge and Contest area. The new limit is 200, but I wanted to test this theory so I set my goal for 500 posts.

    To achieve 500 posts you need to make 16 posts per day with four extra posts on the 30th day, if you are doing a month with 30 days. I also decided to make one of the posts a 400 plus word article, and limit the thank you post to 5 only. This meant that I had to make 1 article post, 10 quality posts, and allowed 5 posts that were thank you post (which I really tried not to do).

    The first few days were the toughest, as I felt out the posts and the topic available to respond to. After the first 3 days it became easy, in fact most days I found myself posting 20 posts per day and then 25 posts; some days over 30!

    My goal was 500 posts; I reached that mid-month but kept going, after all my goal/promise was for the month of December, 31 days. It's now the 26th; I'm half way to 700 posts and still going strong.

    My overall goal/promise: 500 posts in 31 day with 31 of them being articles. That breaks down into a minimum of 15 posts per day, plus 1 400 word article, plus an additional 4 articles needing to be posted some time during the 31 day period.

    To break this down even more you can write the article in the morning or in the evening and make some of the posts in the morning and the others at night. You can make the extra posts on the weekend.

    Finally you have to set and keep when you are going to make your posts. For example if you are going to make posts everyday then keep it that way. Don't make 30 post one day then 50 posts 3 days later, then 100 posts a week later. The entire purpose of this exercise / challenge is to develop discipline and good habits.

    If you decide that you are going to post only on the weekends, or every other day, that is fine, just keep to what you decide at the beginning. I would not write more than 1 article per day because I wanted to develop the habit of writing every single day.

    I submitted this challenge to the Challenge and Contest Area but haven't heard anything as of yet.

    Those of you that have seen my posts will now understand why so many in this month of December. You will also notice that 90% of them are all of substance and very few are just plain thank you.
    I'm actually adapting this action plan, James, for a different purpose.

    The goal:
    • To fill a new blog on workplace safety and health (OSH) with 500 entries by January 31, 2011

    Day One (yesterday) I managed to meet the 16 entries KPI. Today, I'm very excited and I intend to employ a technique by Steve Manning (How to Write a Book in 14 Days or Less).

    The difference this time compared to past attempts is the tracking of posts in a form. Knowing that one row is filled and the closer I am to meeting the 16 entries yesterday gave me a thrill. I was forced to stop before 16th entry last night, but it was finally completed and scheduled/published at 6.30am today! Needless to say, I've never felt this prolific when it comes to blog entries.

    So, Day Two begins now...
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      Originally Posted by cerava View Post

      I'm actually adapting this action plan, James, for a different purpose.

      The goal:
      • To fill a new blog on workplace safety and health (OSH) with 500 entries by January 31, 2011

      Day One (yesterday) I managed to meet the 16 entries KPI. Today, I'm very excited and I intend to employ a technique by Steve Manning (How to Write a Book in 14 Days or Less).

      The difference this time compared to past attempts is the tracking of posts in a form. Knowing that one row is filled and the closer I am to meeting the 16 entries yesterday gave me a thrill. I was forced to stop before 16th entry last night, but it was finally completed and scheduled/published at 6.30am today! Needless to say, I've never felt this prolific when it comes to blog entries.

      So, Day Two begins now...
      Great to hear it!!! I'll be doing the same in January 2011 to fill a few of my own blogs and to also write an eBook.
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    I know what you mean. And I totally get it! I have a goal and it seems to be moving away from me. But I am literally "chasing" it!! I mean, I will wake up every day feeling defeated, and start working ANYWAY towards my goal. My lunchtime, I'm in a hurry to find another website to post an article or blog or post a free ad or something! I refuse to give up.
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by SingerRinging View Post

      I know what you mean. And I totally get it! I have a goal and it seems to be moving away from me. But I am literally "chasing" it!! I mean, I will wake up every day feeling defeated, and start working ANYWAY towards my goal. My lunchtime, I'm in a hurry to find another website to post an article or blog or post a free ad or something! I refuse to give up.
      Glad to hear it! NEVER give up on your dreams. Just be sure to evaluate what you are doing and see what results you are getting from your efforts. I'm not say quit here what I'm saying it that you need to know when to change tactics and alter what you are doing so you can head off your dream instead of chasing it all the time.

      Keep us posted would love to hear how you're doing and how things are going!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author KristieDean
    Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

    Change of Perspective and a Personal Challenge

    I've read or listen to over a 100 books, CDs, DVD, and articles on Personal Development and Success, but it wasn't until I read Bill Bartmann's book "Billionaire: Secrets to Success" that I discovered a key missing component to achieving success and why I was failing more than succeeding.

    Not everyone responds to things the same way or learns in the same way so even though I had access to all this great material I personally just couldn't put it together. More times than not, I would set a goal and give up on it half way towards it.

    What I was missing was the way I looked at my goals. In this day and age we have become accustomed to goals being nothing more than something to be cast aside.

    How many times have you set a New Year's Resolution only to let it go after the first month or worse yet, never even start it! Because of the carefree attitude we have grown accustomed to when it comes to New Year's Resolutions we've taught our subconscious it is ok to quit when trying to achieve a goal.

    What Bartmann brings to light is that we tend to keep promises more readily than we do goals; so the key is to make your goals promises to yourself or someone you care enough about that you'll keep your promise.

    Think this point over. How many times have you slipped or given up on your goals? Of all the times you have succeed and achieved your goals what was different about those goals? When I looked over my personal goal achievements I was shocked to realize that they were results of promises I made to myself, someone else, or a type of personal challenge.

    To test this I made myself a challenge. My challenge was to make enough posts to Warrior Forum to achieve the 500 posts originally required to post challenges in the Challenge and Contest area. The new limit is 200, but I wanted to test this theory so I set my goal for 500 posts.

    To achieve 500 posts you need to make 16 posts per day with four extra posts on the 30th day, if you are doing a month with 30 days. I also decided to make one of the posts a 400 plus word article, and limit the thank you post to 5 only. This meant that I had to make 1 article post, 10 quality posts, and allowed 5 posts that were thank you post (which I really tried not to do).

    The first few days were the toughest, as I felt out the posts and the topic available to respond to. After the first 3 days it became easy, in fact most days I found myself posting 20 posts per day and then 25 posts; some days over 30!

    My goal was 500 posts; I reached that mid-month but kept going, after all my goal/promise was for the month of December, 31 days. It's now the 26th; I'm half way to 700 posts and still going strong.

    My wife asked why I'm still going when I hit my 500 posts, it's because the promise was for 31 days, and a minimum of 16 posts per day with one being an article. Then she asked me why? What was I getting out of it?

    I'm getting self-satisfaction and proof that this is what works and why I succeed when I do. Plus I'm proving to myself that I can write a full page article each and every day with NO problem. The first article took a while to write, the next was written quicker, now I can write an article in about 15 minutes if not shorter.

    If you are having problems setting and keeping goals try making them promises and breaking them down.

    My overall goal/promise: 500 posts in 31 day with 31 of them being articles. That breaks down into a minimum of 15 posts per day, plus 1 400 word article, plus an additional 4 articles needing to be posted some time during the 31 day period.

    To break this down even more you can write the article in the morning or in the evening and make some of the posts in the morning and the others at night. You can make the extra posts on the weekend.

    Finally you have to set and keep when you are going to make your posts. For example if you are going to make posts everyday then keep it that way. Don't make 30 post one day then 50 posts 3 days later, then 100 posts a week later. The entire purpose of this exercise / challenge is to develop discipline and good habits.

    If you decide that you are going to post only on the weekends, or every other day, that is fine, just keep to what you decide at the beginning. I would not write more than 1 article per day because I wanted to develop the habit of writing every single day.

    I submitted this challenge to the Challenge and Contest Area but haven't heard anything as of yet.

    Those of you that have seen my posts will now understand why so many in this month of December. You will also notice that 90% of them are all of substance and very few are just plain thank you.

    Most of my posts were in the Mind Warrior section because there are a bunch of great people here that make it easy to reply to and interact with. Some I have come to enjoy reading and interacting with.

    I know this has already helped me a great deal and when I finish with this challenge I'll be able to post here and other places far easier than I have been able to in the past.

    Hope this helps at least one person out there. I'd like to thank all of you for helping me make this possible with your great posts and counter post.

    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
    Your post was very motivating. I think I could apply it to my blog - write three or four posts a day and then post one of them every day. That way if I'm ever sick, I can just post one of the extras!
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      Originally Posted by KristieDean View Post

      Your post was very motivating. I think I could apply it to my blog - write three or four posts a day and then post one of them every day. That way if I'm ever sick, I can just post one of the extras!
      I have combination of blogs and forums that I will be using this method on next month. I'm still fine tuning what I'll be doing but the posts will be so much easier now that I've been doing this challenge. It's been truly amazing stuff and has me pumped more then I can say.
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    Interesting.

    Why is it that we're more inclined to keep a promise (especially to someone else) than we are to keep a goal?

    I bet its the same reason that we are willing to get up at the crack of dawn for a J-O-B and yet want to sleep in when we take the reigns as our own boss.

    A lot of it has to do with issues of self-deserving. If you don't think you're worth it, you're not going to do hardly anything - promises or goals.

    Great thread. I've really enjoyed reading all of the responses too!
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by helenaldin View Post

      Interesting.

      Why is it that we're more inclined to keep a promise (especially to someone else) than we are to keep a goal?

      I bet its the same reason that we are willing to get up at the crack of dawn for a J-O-B and yet want to sleep in when we take the reigns as our own boss.

      A lot of it has to do with issues of self-deserving. If you don't think you're worth it, you're not going to do hardly anything - promises or goals.

      Great thread. I've really enjoyed reading all of the responses too!
      I believe we tend to keep promises more because it's a personal honor thing, plus it involves the subconscious that has the survival instinct. This survival instinct not only wants to protect you and keep you from harm and death, but wants to keep you from pain and failure in others eyes can be seen as pain; the pain from being embarrassed or humiliated. The subconscious will help do just about anything to keep you from pain.
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    • Originally Posted by helenaldin View Post

      Interesting.

      Why is it that we're more inclined to keep a promise (especially to someone else) than we are to keep a goal?

      I bet its the same reason that we are willing to get up at the crack of dawn for a J-O-B and yet want to sleep in when we take the reigns as our own boss.

      A lot of it has to do with issues of self-deserving. If you don't think you're worth it, you're not going to do hardly anything - promises or goals.

      Great thread. I've really enjoyed reading all of the responses too!
      That's so true! That really hit the nail on the head for me.

      Way to go with all your efforts, guys! You're all inspiring me to better, too! I would love a challenge like this to get myself some discipline to achieve the goals I WANT to achieve!
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        Originally Posted by ServingThroughEmail View Post

        That's so true! That really hit the nail on the head for me.

        Way to go with all your efforts, guys! You're all inspiring me to better, too! I would love a challenge like this to get myself some discipline to achieve the goals I WANT to achieve!
        Well anyone up for a challenge next month? It would have to be a specific number of posts per day and a total by the end of the month. If anyone's interested just let me know...
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        • Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

          Well anyone up for a challenge next month? It would have to be a specific number of posts per day and a total by the end of the month. If anyone’s interested just let me know…
          Must...resist...challenge...ARGH!

          Yeah, I'd be totally up for it! It'll definitely help me practice discipline, help me get better at writing, help me help other people, and become a bit more social in the Warrior Forums, too!

          Also, I just noticed that I can almost never resist a "challenge". And yet, I keep calling all my to-do list things "goals". I must change this immediately. If the word "goal" doesn't get me to follow through but the word "challenge" almost always does, who am I to stop it?! I'd rather work WITH my subconscious than fight against it!
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            Originally Posted by ServingThroughEmail View Post

            Must...resist...challenge...ARGH!

            Yeah, I'd be totally up for it! It'll definitely help me practice discipline, help me get better at writing, help me help other people, and become a bit more social in the Warrior Forums, too!

            Also, I just noticed that I can almost never resist a "challenge". And yet, I keep calling all my to-do list things "goals". I must change this immediately. If the word "goal" doesn't get me to follow through but the word "challenge" almost always does, who am I to stop it?! I'd rather work WITH my subconscious than fight against it!
            Great! Glad to hear it! Saw your other post about challenge, great post, also saw you joined us on Facebook, we'll be getting started in January with challenges and other stuff too. Nice to have one more person to hold me to task!
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    Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

    What Bartmann brings to light is that we tend to keep promises more readily than we do goals; so the key is to make your goals promises to yourself or someone you care enough about that you'll keep your promise.
    700 posts in a MONTH! Phenomenal - congratulations!

    Your quote above - it's all about accountability, isn't it? And commitment, too. I've heard two polar opposite theories on this - one is to tell no one your goals so that no one tells you they can't be done. The other is to tell EVERYONE - therefore you are accountable and many times receiving help from the people you told. Perhaps it all boils down to how you view other people - will they hurt you or help you? In other words, is your glass half full or half empty?

    Personally, I always thought the glass was too big... ;-)

    Originally Posted by Dominique Couffignal View Post

    if you really want to succeed something big, talk about it and share your ambitious project with someone that you DON'T like very much, who is ALWAYS criticizing you or tend to be a REAL pain in the neck whenever you see them.
    Ha! Brilliant!

    Thank you both of you for sharing.
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      Originally Posted by dawnday View Post

      700 posts in a MONTH! Phenomenal - congratulations!

      Your quote above - it's all about accountability, isn't it? And commitment, too. I've heard two polar opposite theories on this - one is to tell no one your goals so that no one tells you they can't be done. The other is to tell EVERYONE - therefore you are accountable and many times receiving help from the people you told. Perhaps it all boils down to how you view other people - will they hurt you or help you? In other words, is your glass half full or half empty?

      Personally, I always thought the glass was too big... ;-)



      Ha! Brilliant!

      Thank you both of you for sharing.
      Thank you for the great feedback!

      I've hear both the pro and con of telling other people and here is what I have learned personally.

      When I told those that I thought would support me, those that were close to me (family and friends), I was shocked and hurt to find they were not supportive, in fact they almost always tried to talk me out of my plans.

      Keeping it to yourself is difficult also because you no one to share it with, no one to keep you accountable, no one to ask advice from or to give you constructive feedback when it is needed.

      What is the solution? Find this section of the warrior forum, or something similar, and share with people that will be supportive, helpful, encouraging, and KEEP you to task if you slack off!!!

      Telling you guys my plan has left me with no other choice but to finish. To top off the original plan I posted that I would hit 800 posts by December 31, 2010 and I'm on track for that now.

      So you are correct there are two schools of thoughts here and they are both correct in a way. The solution is finding those that WILL support you and keep you to task WITHOUT the ridicule and degradation.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanFaggella
    Making it measurable is always a plus, and yes the way you frame a goal to yourself (and often to others) is a big determinant of how it "weighs" in your actions - inspiring stuff and makes me want to check out Bartman.

    Do you have some kind of "tick list" for posts made, "thank you" posts, 400-word posts, etc...? I imagine some kind of tracking system is in place?

    I'd be interested to know!

    Keep it up, good luck, and have an awesome year yourself!
    -Dan
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by DanFaggella View Post

      Making it measurable is always a plus, and yes the way you frame a goal to yourself (and often to others) is a big determinant of how it "weighs" in your actions - inspiring stuff and makes me want to check out Bartman.

      Do you have some kind of "tick list" for posts made, "thank you" posts, 400-word posts, etc...? I imagine some kind of tracking system is in place?

      I'd be interested to know!

      Keep it up, good luck, and have an awesome year yourself!
      -Dan
      Tick list? Well I use word to keep track of my full page articles and label each page with a date and title and then the article. I can track them each day that way. The posts I note what number I have at midnight and calculate the minimum number I need to meet my goal.

      I ALWAYS over post and round up because on the first few days my total posts slid back down in count due to threads being deleted for some reason or other. So I'd post at least 5 over the minimum.

      I'll be doing the same again here in January or February and already have a few that will probably join in. Follow me on Facebook and you can join us... And trust me, we'll keep you to task!
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    Fell short by 3 entries yesterday - Day Three. Going to catch up today (Day Four). :-) What excites me about this whole process is the need and drive to take near massive action!

    In the past, I've written more than one entry a day - about 4 to 5 at most. So, Shooting to 16, accomplishing Day Three's 13 is relatively something absolutely unimaginable in the past! Not to mention having scheduled at least one entry for every day in January 2011.

    To cheer me up, I like that method from Alice in Wonderland (2010), i.e. I always think 6 impossible things before breakfast:

    1. I registered and ran two businesses - despite the abysmal results, one is still functioning;
    2. I was hired as a Junior Copywriter in Malaysia's 1st and largest integrated company and involved in many broadcasting work earning RM2,400 per month with SPM (equiv. to o-levels);
    3. I paid for my Certification in NLP (RM4,900) and paid RM3,500 for an incomplete International Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (short by RM1,400).
    4. I got into, and dropped out of, one of Malaysia's best law schools and studied under one Constitutional Law expert with ministers interrupting the class to ask for that professor's legal opinion and counsel;
    5. I've handled one client since August 2008 and only me them once in April 2009 - we're hundreds of kilometres apart (I'm either in KL or Miri while they're based in Johor Bahru);
    6. I ...[insert what I intend to accomplish].
    I'm certain there are more accomplishments, but this method of thinking/reflecting of 6 impossible things is one way I drive myself forward, letting go of the bad moments and replacing them with lessons that will help me in the future. :-) So, here's to Day 4. ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by cerava View Post

      Fell short by 3 entries yesterday - Day Three. Going to catch up today (Day Four). :-) What excites me about this whole process is the need and drive to take near massive action!

      In the past, I've written more than one entry a day - about 4 to 5 at most. So, Shooting to 16, accomplishing Day Three's 13 is relatively something absolutely unimaginable in the past! Not to mention having scheduled at least one entry for every day in January 2011.

      To cheer me up, I like that method from Alice in Wonderland (2010), i.e. I always think 6 impossible things before breakfast:



      I'm certain there are more accomplishments, but this method of thinking/reflecting of 6 impossible things is one way I drive myself forward, letting go of the bad moments and replacing them with lessons that will help me in the future. :-) So, here's to Day 4. ;-)
      Great job! I was going to post tomorrow and ask how you were doing with your challenge glad to hear its going so well. Just remember since you posted yourself declared challenge here that WE are watching you here and will hold you accountable

      Here's a challenge for you and to help hold you to task... from what I read it looks like you fell 3 short on posts the one day... so today (well the day you actually read this) make up for it by posting the 3 posts you missed and (here's the challenge) plus 3 additional posts because you fell short the one day.



      Here's to your success! Great job so far!
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  • Profile picture of the author ELK
    Scortillion,

    Thanks for commenting over on my perfectionism post. I'm all very new to the forum, still just getting my bearings. I don't quite follow all the reasons for getting so many posts, but I get that they must matter a lot to you. I'd like to explore more of what you are talking about and the advantages you get with so much exposure.

    More than anything, you've made a goal to just push through with it regardless of any immediate result or obstacle. THAT's the big deal - make a short-term commitment that can make a big splash. I think that's what my perfectionism-buster approach is like for me right now. Just Write. Do the editing and detail work later - just get the raw materials cranked out in big fashion so I have a lot to work with.

    I'm starting a PLR business as well as probably getting e couple of ebooks going (with a dedicated site around those topics). Of course, I need something to sell so I need to get busy. I'm also trying to figure out how to shape what I already have written in a way that will support my plan.

    More than anything, I need to keep remembering that I won't have the Ivy League Literary and Grammar Society critiquing each and every word I write! With a little appropriate editing and a spell check, what I naturally write is PLENTY good enough for a lot of people to find useful and enjoyable (whether PLR or my own products).

    So pushing through, like with your ambitious goal, is what I'll take from your inspired post. And I hope to learn more about the forum as time goes on as well.

    Thanks!

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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    Hello ELK,

    The purpose of the number of posts were to create a goal that would condition me to write and test the theory that you treat a promise or personal challenge more importantly then you do a goal. Plus the original number of posts required to place a Challenge in the Challenge and Contest area was 500 posts (now 200 but I wanted to stay with the original minimum).

    What this test proved was that I do hold promises and personal challenges to a higher standard than goals, plus I experimented with long term and short term goals/deadlines.

    I took away ALL excuses and proved that I CAN do it when I put my mind to it.

    The side benefit of all the posts were to meet some great people here on WF and begin what I hope may be some friendships.

    The main experiment was to see what I could push myself to do and if it worked. I know PERSONALLY that it works for me and I’m in the process of creating a Challenge for myself for the whole of 2011.

    I’ll have the year goal/promise, monthly deadlines, weekly deadlines and daily deadlines.

    I have noticed that after writing and posting so much that I’ve become addicted to it. I was only going to post 2 posts per day and one article after December but this will be my seventh post today, and I’ll probably make more posts later today because I have come to enjoy writing so much.

    It was a very powerful and successful experiment.
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      Wow, that's great! The difference is that you personalized it as opposed to something you threw way out in front of you to go after. Very interesting how those slight adjustments can make a big impact. I love it, something I'll need to remember.

      And it's been great having a "conversation" with someone here on the forum, a first for me. Great to have met you.
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      • Profile picture of the author scortillion
        Originally Posted by ELK View Post

        Wow, that's great! The difference is that you personalized it as opposed to something you threw way out in front of you to go after. Very interesting how those slight adjustments can make a big impact. I love it, something I'll need to remember.

        And it's been great having a "conversation" with someone here on the forum, a first for me. Great to have met you.
        Keep in touch it's great talking with everyone here. We're creating a mastermind group and looking for members, join me on facebook, link in my signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author William Veasley
    Hey,

    Thanks for the inspirational thread!

    You rock dude! You set goal and you went after them with a burning desire. You smashed your goals before time was up & you kept on going that is awesome dude really, this is the kind of thing I believe in. When I set goals I run after them until I can't run anymore.

    You wrote a total of 16 post a day that is some hard work keeping that up I really would give you a hi five for that if I could! Keep up the hard work dude because your going big places i can tell you that for sure.

    Thanks again!

    God bless,
    William Veasley
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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    Thanks William,

    I’m currently building another challenge for myself, one that involves the whole year. I have an idea and outline but nothing concrete yet, I will have it by the end of the week though..

    It has shown me what I can do when I put my mind and focus on something. It was a great experiment that produced some amazing results.
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