6 Steps For Jumping Off the Cliff To Success

It’s never easy to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s never easy to shake things up. You’ve been spending X a of years doing what you believed was the right thing to do in order to be considered a normal productive member of society. But now a weird tingling feeling is occurring in your stomach and a knot has formed in your chest and a deep inner voice has said: “Hey this doesn’t feel right

You have prevously ignored these feelings for months or even years but now here it is again, showing up at the most inconvenient time of your life. A time when you should be happy with your accomplishments but you just aren’t. Please realize our inner voice always calls us at our most inconvenient times, (or so we think). Our inner voices sole purpose is to remind us of who we are and what we really want.

The below steps will help you start the journey to reaching your goals and getting one step closer to your true self.

STEP ONE: Spend At least An Hour a Day For A Week Dreaming Big.

When I say dream big I mean dream BIG. The craziest most outside of the box outlandish thoughts about who you would be if you weren’t who you are now. Where would you go? What would you do? Who would be your celebrity friends (if you had any)? How will your days start? Where would you live?

The point of dreaming big is to help you be aware of all the things that you truly want and also identify the ideas that don’t seem that far fetched and therefore can be achieved the quickest.

Example: Let’s say your biggest goals are to: open your own business,  travel the world in three months, and become a NY Times Bestseller. From those three goals identify which idea seems the most attainable in the shortest period of time and hone in on that goal. Once it’s complete move on. What you’ll find during that period of making that specific dream/goal a reality is the realization that you ca achieve all of your dreams/goals.

STEP TWO: If you haven’t already, take a note of all of the things you would like to do and research them all.

What is the time investment to achieve this goal? What would it cost? How long did it take the average person to achieve it? Is it worth my time? Will I want to invest X hours in building this up?

STEP THREE: Identify what you value the most in life.

This one is a bit more challenging. This involves digging deep to identify at the core what you live for. We all have our own core beliefs. Our decisions whether conscious or not are influenced by our core beliefs. For example, if your core belief is: Family is the most important thing to me. All decisions including work, recreation, food and friendship revolve around family. This may manifest itself in ways such as: I have to find a great job to support my family or I will only purchase organic foods because I want to keep my family healthy or in on the opposite spectrum I will not give birth or bring a human being into this world because I don’t think the world is good enough for them. The point is, your core beliefs will shape what you pursue in life and what you consider is a success.

STEP FOUR: Identify from your “Dream Big List” what possibilities align best with your core value.

During your research, you would have identified how to achieve each of the dreams that you currently have. You would have looked at the time, money and personal investment it would take it achieve it. At this step, you identify what would work best for you.

STEP FIVE: With the chosen goal. Create measurable weekly goals.

We are all busy and have our own lives, weekly to-do list ensure that we are constantly working towards our goals without feeling we are being overwhelmed. Life happens moment by moment. Take time to reflect. Think and tweak as necessarily.

STEP SIX: Do it.

Measure your progress and bathe in your glory as you realize you are one step closer to your overall life purpose. A purpose that aligns with you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Inspiration Without Replication: 3 Mistakes New Bloggers Make When First Starting A Blog

 

“So if I sprinkle a bit of this and a bit of that and oh I have to have that, my blog will surely be like XXX”



Does that statement sound familiar? Now I know you would never intentionally replicate another person’s style but do you take the time to make sure you aren’t accidently copying? How similar is your content and design in comparison to your favorite blogger?

Our content can come from either a place of inspiration or a place of unintentional replication. What does your blog say about you?

MISTAKE NO. 1

Creating a blog too similar to your favorite blogger.

Let me start by saying no one ever intentionally copy’s another person. 

Inspiration is good and sounds something like “Hey, I love xxx I should start my own business” or “Man xxx is fit I think it’s time to hit the gym too”. We are all inspired by something at one time or another in our life. Without it, I’m pretty sure none of us would be doing much of anything.

However, inspiration becomes replication if we find ourselves creating content with very little, if any, differences from our favorite blogger. Besides “Copyright Infringement” (a big bummer) we basically rob ourselves of the opportunity to get to the core of our truest self and develop content that appeals to our specific audience.

Below are things to ask yourself before the creative process begins. The below questions will ensure that you are creating your pieces from a place of inspiration and not replication.

  1. After reading my favorite blog, how can I articulate myself through my writing that reflects my own person opinion on the subject matter?
  2. What about the piece that I read do I find most appealing and useful for my audience?
  3. While putting together my piece will I be able to deliver my piece in a unique way that shows my understanding of the subject matter?
  4. Is this next creative project advantageous to my overall end goal for my site or would this be a project that deflects from my end goal?

MISTAKE NO. 2

Consuming too much information preventing one’s self from finding their inner voice. 

We are in a time when information is everywhere. We get information on our tv’s, our phones, the newspaper, water cooler talks at work, you name it. Because of this overabundance of information, it’s hard to screen out the things we want vs. the things we don’t.

Now think about all the information we consciously consume in our pursuit to become a blogger. As a new blogger, we are consuming exuberant amounts of information from everywhere. We get fascinated with everything we read, view or hear and like the cookie monster we stuff all of this information in our heads in hopes that we can use it at another time. This can be harmful when creating a blog if we do not take the time to sit down and analyze what we want our blog to be about. A blog hastily created is more susceptible to issues of imitation.

Ways To Combat This

  1. Before starting your blog. Take a day or so to outline what you want your first few articles to be about. Really think about the things you are interested in.
  2. Unplug from the information you have been consuming in order to give your mind time to formulate it’s on opinions.
  3. Imagine what your blog looks like a year from now and who the readers are.

MISTAKE NO. 3

Not writing consistently enough.

We are all guilty of this. Even myself. When we first start we’re super excited, we enjoy the design, we get caught up on the look and then BAM the real work starts, the content. Content creation takes time. Are you the person that gets to the screen and starts typing only to find your mind goes blank?

Ways to Combat This

  1. Set a weekly writing goal based on what you feel can realistically be accomplished. Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will your blog.
  2. Enjoy the writing journey. Write because you like writing not because it’s a means to an end.

Goooddbbyyeee Social Media Helllooo Time

My New Years Resolution has been to take my time back. I imagine my relationship with time as a struggling battle. I picture social media soldiers (who in my head look like king and queen cards who stand up and walk) battling it out with self help books and Buddha. I imagine myself look across the battle field (which happens to be a Checker board. Please don’t ask me why…) at Captain Time who is staring back at me with a cold stare. He’s staring at me with a clock on his chests that constantly keeps ticking reminding me that time is going past. Every second, every minute and every hour is going.

Whether we are paying attention or not. Every moment gives a chance to make a decision on what we will do with it. Will we aimlessly browse Facebook liking our friends New Years post or some sort of quote porn that revolves around changing our lives or will we make bold, focused actions and decisions that put us closer to our end goal

Life is a journey. It’s a bunch of Oh’s and Ah’s and Ouchs, and Darnits and Finally’s and About Damn Times. It’s happening now in real time. Not behind a screen. Not on Facebook not on Snapchat and not on Twitter. It’s happening when you almost burn the chicken in the kitchen or when friends come over unexpectedly or when you find out you actually did miracously stay the same weight although this past Christmas you binged like never before.

My New Years resolution is pretty simple it involves staying here – in the present while occasionally visiting there – the future. .

Sweaty Palms Like The First Day of High School

I’m breathing deeply. Swaying from side to side and thinking… Seriously… Am I really  going to jump into the ocean full of sharks, big fishes, whales and even worse (in my head) a bunch of little fishes like me? Blogs are hard. Idea generation is hard. Taking the first step is hard. I mean damn it, everything seems hard. And impossible. And so far away. And generally as close to obtaining as touching the moon with my bare hand. And lets not even talk about your brain telling you how silly and stupid you sound. That’s it’s on thing in it’s own.

Okay, so I think I’ve gotten that all out of my chest. I’m Keandra and this is Mysteriously Possible a sort of myth busting full fledged “go after your dreams/ do or die” blog. A social accountable blog. A place where I experiment with pushing the limit of what is considered possible.

At the time of this writing i’m 100% sure that NO ONE is seeing this. As I A) haven’t told a soul I’ve started a blog and B) know nothing about SEO so can pretty much bet that I’m ranked on Googles 8,393,593,299,392 page. Which is cool.  Less pressure Less pressure.

For future readers who some how discover this blog may you gather hope, courage and audacity to push yourself over the edge and get as uncomfortable with the unfamiliar as I am at this moment. May you find the thing you live for, dream a whole lot and have goals and plans that seems so impossible that they make your palms sweat.

All in all enjoy. I have absolutely no idea the direction of blog but I am happy it’s even started.

Welcome to Mysteriously Possible.