Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

Are you waiting for someone to give you permission to lead, grow, or move in your organization? What if you already have all the permission you need?

Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

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I was recently invited to sit on a board and observed something there I’ve seen countless times in other settings. Some people around the table had no trouble making themselves heard, while others seemed hesitant, withdrawn, even sheepish.

It was as if the quiet people were waiting for someone to give them permission to speak. But the truth is that their presence on the board was all the permission they needed.

Episode 6: The Top 10 Mistakes Bloggers Make [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the most common mistakes bloggers make.

I have learned the hard way, making each of these mistakes myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but these mistakes were holding me back and kept my blog from reaching its potential.

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Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

The two most powerful words in the English language are yes and no. Unfortunately, they’re also the hardest to master.

Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

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Like you, I have more opportunities and requests than time and energy. I’m better than ever at discerning the good from the bad, but I still sometimes agree to a project or meeting, instantly realize the mistake, and wish I had a rewind button for my life.

Lysa TerKeurst wrestles with the same thing, and I’m excited to say she’s now written a book on making wise decisions in our crazy world of endless demands.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

This is a guest post from Kary Oberbrunner, author of Day Job to Dream Job. He left his day job to help individuals and organizations discover and live their passion. You can follow him on Twitter.

You might be familiar with The Shawshank Redemption. Remember the storyline? Andy Dufresne, innocent of any crime, is saddled with a life sentence in Shawshank Prison. The experience nearly kills him and his hope for freedom.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

I filtered the movie through my own experience. Stuck in my day job, I felt imprisoned from my potential. Although I loved the people I served and worked with, I felt captive from my creativity. Slowly over the years, I accepted my own life sentence. I thought it was easier to let my dreams die than to keep hoping for freedom.

But that’s not what Andy did. He escaped. And eventually I did, too.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

It’s easy for me to overdo things. I know, shocker. What can I say? I like getting things done. But the problem is that when I overdo, I underperform.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

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For people driven to achieve, it’s a common trap. Even if we pare things down to the essentials, we can plow so deep into those that we’re just wasting our efforts—even while we think we’re making headway.

Instead of being satisfied with an effective level of engagement, we go over the top. It might be exciting at first, but it’s not sustainable and will actually set us back.

Episode 5: How to Create Team Alignment That Drives Results [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to create the kind of alignment in your team that drives results.

Unity means different things to different people. There are really three different levels of unity: acceptance, agreement, and alignment. These are distinct and different.

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How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

For the last few years I’ve taken a short sabbatical each summer. I’m looking to rest and focus on intense relational time with Gail. The challenge is unplugging from the Matrix.

How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

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Anyone who’s attempted it can relate to the difficulty. I’m at the computer or on another device a large portion of the day, every day. I’m reading, interacting on social media, dealing with email, building my business. Plugging in is second nature. Unplugging is hard.

Don’t Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

Twitter just announced a surge of new users and engagement. That could be good news if you’ve got something to say or sell, but there’s a major risk to consider.

Don't Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

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Before the news, users and commentators alike were worried about a drop in user engagement. I think that’s still a valid concern, and it points to a larger issue.

Episode 4: Seven Strategies for Building Your Email List [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about why you need to focus on building an email list and provide seven strategies for doing so.

I wish I had paid more attention to building an email list when I started blogging. Nothing is more important as a platform-builder. More than any other single factor, it determines whether or not you can successfully monetize your blog.

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What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing

I’m not sure if you noticed, but something amazing just happened in the world of publishing. And I think it’s a sign we all could benefit from noticing.

The Success of Bibliotheca and the Future of Publishing

When book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to create a better Bible, he didn’t do it the way most publishers do. He didn’t commission a new translation. He didn’t cram a new volume with more maps, study tools, sidebars, footnotes, or anything like it.

The Paradigm Shift That Helped Me Defeat Perfectionism Once and for All

There’s nothing more useless than unfinished projects. But it’s easy to watch them stack up, isn’t it? So what can we do to wrap them up and ship them out?

Break out of the Prison of Pefectionism

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I’ve been thinking a lot about unfinished projects since watching this video by my friend, Jeff Walker. Don Miller has also talked recently about completing things. It’s tougher than it looks, right?

I can tell you where my difficulty comes from.