#Trust 30 – 10 Year Text

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.
10 Year Text by Tia Singh

Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?

I’m pretty sure that this was covered by Trust 30 a week or so ago.

I think that the tweet that I would like to see is:

“the family is happy and healthy, the restaurant biz is going great…remember to buy lots of XYZ stock in 2012, and ZZZ stock in ’13”

#Trust30 – Overcoming Uncertainty

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Overcoming Uncertainty by Sean Ogle

Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”

Getting slim (or to be a SMART goal: 31 inch waist with some semblance of abs, by Aug 20th)

OK I actually began taking action on this last week.

1. failure

2. soreness

3. missing out on eating tons of fatty, junky foods (having to say “no” to things)

Why do I fear Failure?  -Well if I tell everyone about this goal and then I don’t hit, I look like an idiot who is run by his appetite and laziness (yeah my pride is battling my gluttony and sloth…it’s a battle of the deadly sins).

Why do I fear soreness? -Because it hurts.  I guess it is some sort of self-preservation to not want pain.

Why do I fear missing out?  -Several reasons…in part because of bad habits, in part because it’s cheap and easy to eat like crap, in part because it’s fun to go out for a burger and fries with the guys, etc….and cookies are yummy.

#Trust30 – Call to Arms

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Call to Arms by Sasha Dichter

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

It seems that this Trust30 writing challenge is a LOT more complicated than the previous ones.

Most of these exercises take between 5 minutes and an hour.

I honestly don’t have the time or desire to write a manifesto about my company/department/job, which if done properly should take weeks…I would probably make a number of personal changes, which is something that I certainly won’t be printing out and posting at my desk.

Consider this challenge a “MISS”.

#Trust 30 – Personal Recipe

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Personal Recipe by Harley Schreiber

Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”

Who would I NOT want to be?

A liar.  A drug-user.  A bad or abuse father/husband.  Someone who might end up on “Cops” (or a similar show).

Personal recipe = Put God first, and family second, and everything else (including self) behind that.

Any personal recipe for success should begin with Luke 10:25-28

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

#Trust 30 – Alive-est

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Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

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Alive-est by Sam Davidson

When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.

I started a new workout routine.

Well “new” seems misleading, as it implies that I have an “old” one.

Really, I got off my lazy butt that has packed on a lot of weight going back to Thanksgiving 2010.

The workout is the Insanity workout.

It is the most brutal workout that I’ve had since high school wrestling.

After the workout on day 2, I felt sore in places that I didn’t remember could be sore.  It’s great to get back in touch with some of those old muscles.

Definitely feeling alive…and sore.

#Trust30 – Dreams

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Dreams by Michael Rad

Write down your top three dreams. Now write down what’s holding you back from them.

-Have a happy, healthy family

-Have a successful restaurant

-Have a home with some land

1. Nothing

2. Improving recipes, learning about the business, and start up funds

3. Money/debt, location for commuting (there just aren’t farms in or near Sunnyvale)

 

As a side note – Don’t you just love the name of the guy who initiated this?  Michael Rad.  I mean, I would love a name that like that.  It’s just, well, rad.

#Trust 30 – Facing (and Fearing)

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Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Facing (and Fearing) by Dan Andrews
Trusting intuition and making decisions based on it is the most important activity of the creative artist and entrepreneur. If you are facing (and fearing) a difficult life decision, ask yourself these three questions:

1) “What are the costs of inaction?” I find it can be helpful to fight fear with fear. Fears of acting are easily and immediately articulated by our “lizard brains” (thanks Seth) e.g. what if I fail? what if I look stupid? If you systematically and clearly list the main costs of inaction, they will generally overshadow your immediate fears.

2) “What kind of person do I want to be?” I’ve found this question to be extremely useful. I admire people who act bravely and decisively. I know the only way to join their ranks is to face decisions that scare me. By seeing my actions as a path to becoming something I admire, I am more likely to act and make the tough calls.

3) “In the event of failure, could I generate an alternative positive outcome?” Imagine yourself failing to an extreme. What could you learn or do in that situation to make it a positive experience? We are generally so committed to the results we seek at the outset of a task or project that we forget about all the incredible value and experience that comes from engaging the world proactively, learning, and improving our circumstances as we go along.

These seem like 3 great questions to ask yourself when faced with a tough decision.

I’m not really sure of a call to action to write anything today.

#Trust30 – Intuition

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Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Intuition by Susan Piver
If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you?

Ha ha ha.

Clever.

My intuition would like James Bond.  Unfortunately, not the Sean Connery-James Bond, but thankfully not the Roger Moore-James Bond.  More like the Pierce Brosnan-James Bond.  The first thing that he would probably say, is “you look hungry…have the mussels…and a martini.  Shaken, not stirred”.

As a complete aside…who stirs a martini?   Do such fools exist?

While that is one of the coolest catchphrases EVER, it is also about as dumb as saying “a steak – grilled, not baked”.

#Trust30 – Most Ordinary

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Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.

Once again, let down by a non-sensical Trust 30 post.

This monthly exercise has been great for me to get writing, and get over that fear…but today’s comment is really two separate items.

1) about being ordinary.  <- Which I totally disagree with.  If your writing is ordinary, I won’t read you.  If your guitar playing is ordinary, I’m not going to give you a second lesson.  Life is too short to engage in the mundane.

2) about false expectations.  Now this is good stuff.  In the classic movie “Caddyshack”, Judge Smails (played by Ted Knight) asks Ty Webb (played by Chevy Chase) about he’s been playing…the scene goes like this:

Judge Smails: Ty, what did you shoot today?

Ty: Oh, Judge, I don’t keep score.

Judge Smails: Then how do you measure yourself with other golfers?

Ty: By height.

#Trust30 – Courage to Connect

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Courage to Connect by David Spinks

Who is one person that you’ve been dying to connect with, but just haven’t had the courage to reach out to? First, reflect on why you want to get in touch with them. Then, reach out and set up a meeting.

This may sound odd, but one of the greatest things about Twitter is that I can follow so many people.

If I buy a book, I almost always end up following the author…I’m more selective about following other people who create content that I love…but authors are awesome to follow on Twitter.  In fact, I emailed one of these people already this morning.

There are a lot of people that I would love to sit down and talk with Seth Godin, Michael Ruhlman, Chris Hardwick, Mark Driscoll, David Crowder, heck I could sit down and talk with and learn from 100s and 100s of people.

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