2011: Calling All Dreamers

I feel like I’m on mile 23 of a marathon with the book coming out in less than three months (!!) and now is the time to turn on the burners — put every minute that I’m not at Google to strategic use. It’s a really exciting, motivating feeling to see the finish line up ahead . . . and much to the chagrin of well-meaning great friends hoping to drag me out of the house, nothing will break my focus at this point.

I’m also not big on expensive parties or fighting for taxi cabs, so I planned on spending this New Years Eve alone in my condo, working on projects that energize me and that would help set the tone for an uber-creative 2011. Projects that get me so fired up that they don’t even feel like work.

I mentioned this casually to a few friends — New Years orphans who were ambivalent about their existing plans — and before I knew it, I had four fabulous women in for the count.

Why am I telling you this? Because I have big plans for us in 2011.

Yes, YOU.

Even if you don’t nerd-out on New Years Eve like us, I want you to think about a big dream that you might be tiptoeing around, and I want you to join me in 2011 by setting up your own “creative day of greatness.” If our New Years bonanza goes well, I plan on hosting many more throughout the year (even virtually).

But you don’t have to wait for me, of course. Pick a date and commit to starting that big, hairy, scary project that is crying out for your love and attention. I know you might be afraid, or self-conscious, or unsure if this is the right time or if you have the right idea or if you’re the right person to pursue it.

Do it anyway.

Not that you even need it, but I hearby grant you the permission to start even without perfect conditions or all the pieces in place.

Arranging a creative genius day or night also requires properly setting the stage. What would make it the most fabulous, soul-stirring experience EVER? My friend Julie and I brainstormed for tonight and came up with what we think is a great list.

The “Marathon Day of Creative New Years Genius” will entail:

  • Morning yoga session (delivered by moi) for anyone who’s here early — we’re planning on starting the festivities around 11:00 a.m.
  • Writing “sprints” throughout the day on our biggest ideas. We’ll try a system where we work for 40 minutes, then chat, share, brainstorm and collaborate for 20 minutes – off and on throughout the day. We’ll also set a few goals at the outset about what would be most thrilling to accomplish.
  • Piles of magazines & a flip chart to do vision-boarding
  • Doing other cool things like taking symbolic action on something that scares us; emailing an author we really respect (hi Martha Beck!)
  • Fire in the fireplace, great music playing in the background
  • Favorite foods potluck — pasta, pizza, chips/salsa, green-bean casserole, cupcakes & macaroons — to name a few
  • Prosecco for midnight; we may very well also put on fancy dresses and throw a dance party for the countdown. Good times!

How about you – what would your IDEAL Creative Day of Genius entail?

By the way, I’m serious. I want you to pick a dream of yours – even just a corner of it – and commit to it. Schedule your jump-start session alone or with friends, and start bringing your big ideas to life. Then send me an email to let me know how it goes!

No matter what you find yourself doing tonight, have an amazing time. Cheers — to dreaming, scheming and greatness for all of us in 2011! :)

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1:1 Big Goal Brainstorming / Coaching / Genius Hours:

If you are hoping to take your first steps toward a big dream in 2011 and you want some extra accountability and support, get in touch with me. Right now I’m offering sample coaching sessions at 50% off - $50 for 45 minutes of bringing out your inner genius.

I want us all to dream BIG in 2011, and I would love nothing more than to help you start taking baby steps toward your biggest goals. As your coach, I’ll help you do big-picture visioning, uncover your values, set specific goals, knock out limiting beliefs or barriers to action, and brainstorm ways to make substantial progress — all supported by assignments for you to work on between sessions. Nothing gets me more fired up than working with you on making your biggest dreams a reality. Learn more here.

Looking for another great way to kick-off 2011?

Join me for a free 60-minute career strategy webinar with People On-the-Go during the second week of January (hint: one of my first e-books in the making!). Here’s a brief description:

The Ladder is Out — How to Manage Your Career in the Age of the App
The era of climbing the ladder as a method of managing your career is out. We are now in the age of the app – everything you need is at your fingertips, fully customizable to your unique career dreams and aspirations. Rather than follow a linear path, learn how to explore, experiment and build a strong foundation that suits your dynamic talents and goals.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Big love and hugs to all of you :)

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