Deadlines and Commitment (or Keep Swimming, Dummy)

Deadlines and Commitment (or Keep Swimming, Dummy)

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(or The Month John Burst Into Flame)

One of the purposes of this blog is to write useful stuff about goals, habits, practices and the three simple steps.

Another purpose is to document my application of the three simple steps to transforming my own life and building a new company based on these tools.

So this post is going to be a messy one about how crazy busy my life is at this point.

This is what’s going on:

I’ve started the TheThreeSimpleSteps blog. I’ve committed to 3 posts a week and keeping up with the comments and other stuff.

I’ve started working with clients on applying the steps to their lives.

I’m training for the Malibu Triathlon on September 18.

My band is playing on September 25 to remember our late drummer, the irreplaceable Jonathan Mitchell.

I’m publishing my second novel on October 19th

I have a full time job.

I have a full time family with a wonderful son who is turning 15 THIS WEEKEND!

I have a lot going on right now but, at the same time, I feel like it’s all manageable and I can get all of it done. I just have to keep track of tasks and do what’s in front of me.

The nice thing is that nearly everything on this list is something I have chosen to do and something I want to do. Another thing to keep in mind is that nothing on this list is a matter of life or death or financial ruin.

It’ll all be fine. It just feels like a lot.

Here’s the thing, this life I’m living right now reminds me of the way it felt the year Annex Theater started. That was the longest, fullest year of my life.

I want to live the rest of my life like that.

The other thing that is really, really, really wonderful is that I feel like I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. When I write about this stuff and I work with people I really feel like I’m making an important difference in people’s lives.

It really feels like that’s possible and sustainable now in a way that it wasn’t before. I really feel like some of the simple habits and practices and structures that I’ve put in place can help me do more in less time and not drop any balls.

Well that’s not exactly true.

I am heading toward this triathlon without the kind of cardio training that I’d like to do. I’ve been focusing on weights for the past three months and my endurance is not what it was. I also feel like I’m not doing enough to promote my blog and book. There’s always more marketing that can be done.

But there’s time. People tend to overestimate what they can do in a week and underestimate what they can do in a year.

The key when you’re climbing a hill on your bike is to keep pedaling no matter what.

Keep swimming.

Thanks for reading!

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